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Generals take on Class 2A-Region 5 champion Lanett

Published 12:05pm Thursday, October 24, 2013

The season doesn’t get any easier for the Horseshoe Bend Generals.
After a 38-0 loss to Randolph County last Friday, Horseshoe Bend has perhaps its toughest task of the season when undefeated Class 2A-Region 5 champion Lanett comes to town for some gridiron action.
Lanett has dominated opponents with its variation of the Wing-T offense, and Generals football coach Jason Franklin said the defense would have to play its most disciplined brand of football this year.
“We have to stay at home and read our keys,” Franklin said. “It’s imperative that we flow to the football and make tackles. Some of the teams that Lanett has played this season have not played fundamentally sound football against them this year, and we can’t do that. We have to play fundamental football.”
Defensively, Franklin said the Generals would have to hold the line in order to offset Lanett’s defense.
“They’re very athletic and aggressive on defense,” Franklin said of Lanett’s defensive personel. “We have to stay on our blocks. We have to block, and we have to hit the right holes when they open up. It’s as simple as that.”
Additionally, Franklin said the Generals would have to drop the hammer when the opportunity presented itself.
“Last week, we got inside the red zone three times but weren’t able to capitalize,” Franklin said. “That’s been the story of our season so far. If you do all the work to get down there, you have to finish the job. We can’t have stupid penalties and we have to execute the basics.”
The Generals, as most teams are, are also fighting off injuries.
With fall break in effect for Tallapoosa County schools, Franklin hopes that the extra time will do the team some good.
“The kids are playing hard, but they’re beat up,” Franklin said. “But with it being fall break, they’ve had the chance to rest up. We’re expecting to get (lead runningback) Drew Hill back, and hopefully we can get Isac Holt back too. Jackson (Sexton) is still in a cast, but we’re going to have to roll with it.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. this Friday at Battle Stadium.