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August 26, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Devils’ quick strike offense is back

Fields pleased after Bulldogs’ 28-0 win over Providence

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JEFFERSONVILLE — FLOYD MAY SLOW DOWN OFFENSE

It could be a case of pace when Floyd Central hosts Providence this coming Friday.

The Highlanders enjoyed more success in the second half of last Friday’s 62-16 loss to Louisville Male High School when the offense frequently huddled between plays.

When being outscored 42-3 in the first half of that contest, Floyd Central relied more on a fast-paced, no-huddle style of attack.

Highlanders’ coach Brian Glesing said after the game huddling up seemed to calm down the Floyd Central offense, as junior running back Gaige Klingsmith caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score in the second half against Male.

He said the coaching staff would review Floyd Central’s huddling strategy this week heading into a rivalry game with Providence, which also fell in its opener  with a loss to New Albany last week.

But Glesing added Floyd Central did move the ball well at times during the first half of the Male loss when the Highlanders were primarily using a no-huddle approach.

“We had a couple of chances and we didn’t take advantage of them,” he said.

— Daniel Suddeath

THE WINS WILL COME

While Clarksville’s 61-8 season-opening loss to Southridge last Friday maybe wasn’t the note Steve Cooley wanted to start the season on, the fourth-year Generals’ coach was positive and even enthusiastic following the defeat.

A slate of winnable games lie ahead, including this coming Friday’s Mid-Southern Conference opener against Eastern, and with a lot of young players on both sides of the ball for the Generals, he sees his players maturing.

“Southridge is a great team and a tradition-rich team, and we’re still trying to find the right position for some of our guys on both sides of the ball,” Cooley said. “A lot of good teams get better between weeks one and two, and improve more between those games than at any point in the season.”

One item Cooley said the Generals will have to improve on is special teams. On its first punt in Friday night’s loss, the punt return team allowed a 64-yard touchdown return from Southridge’s Connor Craig.

“The first time they touch the ball, we give them seven points right out of the gate,” Cooley said. “That hurts you with momentum, and in our case, didn’t allow us to gain any.”

— Jon Reiter

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