Braves want win on Homecoming night

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By Matt Birkholtz

Now that the Braves have a win under the belt, their coach David Arvin said the team will be preparing to learn how to win more games as they get ready for their homecoming game against Greenup County at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

“These guys were so excited and to get that first win, you had to be proud for the work they have put in to get that win and with that win other things will snowball in for us and we can get some more wins,” he said. “Hopefully we took the first step to learning how to win more games.”

A key for the Braves in their 23-13 win over Waggener, was the play of senior Lucas Button and the offense’s success in the red zone in the first half.

“We were able to get in the end zone three times in the first half, but in the second half, we couldn’t find the same success,” Arvin said. “We grinded out the last six minutes of the game, but we need to punch the ball into the end zone and that has been our Achilles heel this whole season is execution and scoring in the red zone. We are a work in progress.”

Junior quarterback Shelby Caudill set a  record for completions 25 in the game and junior Blake Dills set a record for reception yards.

“All around, we had good numbers and solid performances,” Arvin said.

Arvin is getting the team focused for the game against Greenup County.

“I know Greenup County is a long way away and I am glad they are coming here instead of us going there,” he said. “They are in the same position as we are, but they will be physical and try to run at us and through us. We are going to have our work cut out for us. If we continue to improve our execution on offense, we can win the game.”

For the seniors, it will be the last time they will step on the field for homecoming as Grant County football players.

“This being my last one, this is the most important game at this point for me, because it will be the last time I celebrate playing football on the field and get to go to the dance after the game,” senior defensive lineman Ethan Magee said.

“I am looking forward to it. We haven’t lost a homecoming since we’ve been here and we are not going to let it stop on our night,” Button said.

After the game with Greenup County, the Braves will have a bye week going into district play  with South Oldham on Sept. 30.

For Arvin, that bye week will be a key for the Braves to have a successful district record.

“We are going to be looking at one of the two picks to win the district, but I hope we take it as an advantage,” he said. “I think we will be light the first week and we just want to dig into the fundamentals and that is going to be what we focus on. Then we will start to focus on South Oldham and what we need to do against them in the second week."