GCHS gridiron gang's success starts at camp

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By Paul Gable

With the season opener three weeks away, the Grant County High School football team is still in the midst of finding its identity this week at their annual camp.

"It's going well. The kids are working hard, and I'm pleased. We are getting better each day, but we still have a long way to go," coach Mike Davis said.

The Braves, who compiled a 6-4 record last year, got in one full day in pads and helmets on Aug. 1 before leaving for Kentucky Christian University Sunday morning, for what Davis calls a "trying time."

"Camp is not easy. We push these kids both mentally and physically, and it's demanding. We try to make the kids realize that football is not easy. They have responded well and continue to push themselves every day," Davis said.

The goal is when the team returns they will not only have bonded as a team, but will also have their basic offensive and defensive schemes in place. Davis also hopes to have found players who can fill vital voids on the offensive line as well.

"At this point, the defense is ahead of the offense. We have a lot of returning starters defensively, and we are trying to polish our offense. Special teams is coming along," Davis said.

Two leaders on the defensive side of the football are K.J. Little and Josh Rump.

Offensively, the Braves return skill players Joe Soden, Dillon Adams, Justin Mertz and Rex Benson; however, the question of who will play on the line is one GCHS hopes to have answered immediately.

"We have some questions, but we're working every day to find answers," Davis said.

When Grant County returns from camp, they will have a few days to cement their playbook as the Braves will host a four-team scrimmage at 6 p.m. on Aug. 15. The other teams involved are Fleming, Carroll County and North Oldham.

In other GCHS football news...The Braves were the 32nd best team out of 37 Class 5A teams, according to a poll released this week by Bluegrasspreps.com. Highlands was atop the rankings this season. All four of Grant County's district opponents were ranked in the top 27, with Anderson County earning the highest ranking at 16. Oldham County was ranked 24th, South Oldham was ranked 26th and Jeffersontown, who the Braves beat last year, was ranked 27th.

The teams ranked below Grant County were Perry County Central, Ohio County, North Laurel, Waggener and Iroquois, all of whom combined for a 14-40 record last year.

Only Perry County Central had a winning record last season, going 7-4

"We have to go out on the field and earn respect," Davis said of the rankings.