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Friday night was not a good night for the Grant County Braves. The night finally ended with a score of 43-3 with the South Oldham Dragons as the victors.
Coach Kevin Siple said that losing a game is tough for everyone.
“Keeping the players, parents and even coaches from getting down is difficult,” Siple said. “The kids put so much into football and work hard.”
The loss to South Oldham, means the Braves have one win and five losses so far this season, but they with four games to go, Siple hopes the team can focus on the field.
“We have a lot of players who have really improved and we are excited about that,” Siple said.
Some of those players include Ryan Turley, a junior middle line backer; Quentin Haubner, a senior defensive back and Triston Wallace, a sophomore line backer.
Sophomore Blake Johnson has been a pleasant surprise at receiver and Connor Biddle, a senior, has really played well for us on defense,” Siple said.
In the game against the Dragons, a bigger and more physical team than the Braves, Siple was pleased with the way the team ran the ball.
“Hunter Lawson has really been running hard and has become a very good running back as a sophomore. He is doing well.,” Siple said.
He said the Braves struggled to stop South Oldham’s running attack.
“We need to be able to throw the ball and be more balanced on offense,” he said.
Controlling the ball on offense is what the Braves must do to keep Scott High School’s high-powered offense off the field.
“We must stop their running attack and force them to throw the ball. They are big and physical, so we will have to play with perfect technique to have a chance, as well as make some big plays early,” Siple said.
“Scott is 6-0 and really playing well,” Siple said. “They are primarily a running football team behind a huge offensive line. They have expectations this year of winning the district.”
The Braves face the Scott Eagles at 7:30 p.m. this Friday night at GCHS.
Following that match up, the Braves will play Conner away on Oct. 18, followed by Cooper at home at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25.
”Conner and Cooper are coming up, but we’re not going to think about them until the week we lay them. In high school football, to even have a chance for success, you have to take each game one at a time. You can’t look past anyone, or focus on anything other than the job at hand,” Siple said.
Siple said he understands that players can get down, especially when the team is struggling against larger opponents, but building a football program is a long process.
“We are young, so our players see that the future is bright. We start seven to eight sophomores and one freshman on the varsity team, so we have to stay positive and understand that we are making progress,” Siple said.
His main frustration comes from not being able to have the seniors on the team taste success.
“I feel badly for the guys that are playing their last year of high school football. We really do want them to be able to leave the program feeling good about their career,” Siple said.