LIBERTY - Casey County did not win its first game until last week. However, a win Friday over host Russell County would enable the Rebels to earn a spot in the Class AA playoffs.
Beating Russell (2-7, 0-3 district) would allow Casey (1-8, 0-3) to finish fourth in District 4 and open the playoffs at Elizabethtown, last year's Class AA runner-up.
Coach Andy Stephens hopes last week's non-district win over McCreary Central will help his team's confidence against Russell.
"The win should do a great deal for our confidence," said Stephens.
"We have scored 96 points the last two weeks. I feel like our offense is playing with confidence going into this game."
Casey's defense gave up 115 points in consecutive losses to Wayne County and Corbin before beating McCreary.
"We have to stay consistent on offense and solid defense," Stephens said.
"Russell is very good on defense and has good size. We need some big plays on special teams this week also. Our special teams have been good to us and need to continue to be for us to beat Russell."