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HBHS ready to finish strong

Published 9:50am Wednesday, October 9, 2013

After falling short versus LaFayette last Friday, Horseshoe Bend is focused on finishing the season strong.
Despite its 2-4 record (0-4 in region), the team has been in every contest this year. However, HBHS coach Jason Franklin said the Generals’ campaign would be defined by how the players finish the home stretch.
“We sat down, watched the film (of the LaFayette game) and we talked through it,” Franklin said. “I told the guys that there’s plenty of season left, and this season will be what they make out of it. We saw some things that cost us the ballgame, and we’re going to work on cleaning those out.”
With a road trip to Prattville Christian Academy (1-5, 1-4 in region) on tap, the Generals will have the task of slowing down the Panthers’ Wing-T attack.
Franklin said it wouldn’t be easy to put the clamps on PCA’s offense.
“We’re facing some big challenges,” Franklin said. “They run a lot of misdirection with their Wing-T. We have to do a good job of making our reads and staying with our keys. We have to be disciplined.”
As of press time, it is unknown whether the Generals will be once again shorthanded as they head into the game with PCA. Last Friday, Horseshoe Bend did not have top runner Drew Hill or leading tackler Jackson Sexton available thanks to injury.
“We will know more toward the end of the preparation week,” Franklin said of the status of Hill and Sexton.
Offensively, Franklin said the team would have to play as clean a game as possible, which meant eliminating penalties and turnovers. The Generals’ comeback attempt versus LaFayette was halted by an interception after they had reached enemy territory.
“We have to take care of the football,” Franklin said. “We have to play turnover-free football. We have to eliminate penalties and sustain drives. We’ve run the ball well this season, but those mistakes throw off our drives. If we keep those drives going, we can be more efficient and put more points on the board.”
Horseshoe Bend and Prattville Christian kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday from Prattville.