STANFORD - All Lincoln County wanted when the season began was a chance to make the Class AAA playoffs. Now the Patriots can reach that goal Friday night when they host winless Taylor County.
First-year coach Larry French said Friday's game is the first step in turning around Lincoln's football fortunes.
"We felt when the season started that if we could win the first two games in the district, we would have a chance to make the playoffs," French said. "It is a big game, no doubt. The kids are excited. We haven't had a lot of success in the last three or four years and we have to get that confidence built back up."
Just two seasons ago, Taylor made the Class AA playoffs before losing in the first round to Bardstown. This season, though, Taylor has struggled and comes into Friday's contest at 0-6.
"They have struggled this year, but they have a scrappy team and they do things right," French said. "They have a good little running back that runs the ball extremely well. They don't throw the ball that well, but they can run it. They have broke open some running plays, then all of a sudden they will get caught behind the line of scrimmage for a loss and their stats don't look that good. They don't have outstanding speed, but neither do we."