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Generals looking for clean play vs. Thorsby

Published 10:49am Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reeling from three straight defeats, the Horseshoe Bend Generals will attempt to right the ship when they host Thorsby on Homecoming.
Historically, Horseshoe Bend’s upcoming matchup should  bode well for the Generals, despite Thorsby’s 3A classification.
They have never lost to Thorsby in school history, boasting a 5-0 record against them.
In last year’s meeting, the Generals waylayed the Rebels by a score of 48-14. However, HBHS football coach Jason Franklin is more concerned with making sure the team is ready to play.
“We’re not thinking about (that streak),” Franklin said. “We have to worry about what Horseshoe Bend does. We have to play more consistently and play with a lot of effort. If we do that, Horseshoe Bend will be fine, and the other stuff will take care of itself.”
The Generals (1-3, 0-3 in region play) are also looking to work the kinks out of their less than stellar play last Friday. Horseshoe Bend lost 35-14 to Isabella thanks in large part to turnovers.
“The main thing we have to do is clean up those turnovers and clean up those penalties,” Franklin said. “If you turn the ball over as many times as we did, you’re going to lose the game. We had some procedure penalties and some holding penalites that hurt us. We’ve got to hold onto the football. We have to be more disciplined, and we have to do the little things.”
The Generals and Rebels will kick off at 7 p.m. from Battle Stadium in New Site.