Ready for a challengePublished 6:02pm Thursday, October 3, 2013
The Benjamin Russell Wildcats have not been challenged for much of this season.
According to BRHS football coach Danny Horn, that’s about to change when BRHS (4-1, 3-0 in region) heads to Russell County to face the Warriors (3-2, 2-1 in region).
The Class 5A No. 6 Wildcats will be attempting to keep pace with region foe Eufaula for the top spot in the region standings. But they’ll also be playing for Horn’s 250th career coaching win.
For the Wildcats to be successful, they will have to contain running back Joshua Johnson and a Warriors offense that has great potential to be explosive.
“They’ve got speed everywhere, whether that’s on offense or defense,” Horn said. “They’ve got some guys that if they get out in the open, we’re not going to catch them. I’ve been really impressed with them. They’ve played well. The two losses they’ve had, they’ve been in those games with a chance to win and they’ve won their three games pretty handily.”
The Wildcats will have to slow down the Warriors without senior linebacker Dra Graham, who injured his ankle in practice. He is expected to return next week.
As Russell County begins the tougher part of the Wildcats’ slate, Horn said he isn’t concerned about the team overlooking the Warriors.
“Our players understand the importance of this game and the quality of the opponent we have tonight,” Horn said. “I don’t really believe in trap games because if you prepare like you’re supposed to, there’s no such thing as a trap game. (Russell County) is a team that can beat us if we don’t play well, and our kids know that.”
With that said, Horn said the Wildcats are looking to keep the Warriors off-balance in order to offset Russell County’s team speed.
Horn added the Wildcats’ defense would have to smother the Warriors’ playmakers from the start of the game.
“Defensively, they’re quick, so using some misdirection plays or some play-action passing may be to our advantage,” Horn said. “When we’re on defense, we’ve got to hit them before they get started. Our defensive linemen are going to have to do a good job of pursuing, and we’re going to have to gang tackle.”
Benjamin Russell and Russell County kick off at 7 p.m. Friday from Corbett-Mitchell Stadium at Russell County High School.