If Boyle County is to win a third straight championship, coach Larry French said his team is going to have to do better than it has shown in the preseason.
“Everything has been going slow. We’ll take a step forward then take two steps back. But they’re starting to come around a little bit and starting to improve some,” French said. “We need to improve daily, and if we do I think we’ve got a chance to be pretty good.”
With the opener against 20-time champion Highlands looming on Friday, French admits his team may be feeling the pressure to get better in a hurry.
“Any time you’re playing a nationally-ranked team, you’re going to feel a little pressure to get ready, and sometimes you lose your fundamentals in the process of it,” he said. “We’re just trying to refocus as a staff, and go back to fundamentals. We’ve got to play well in order to win that first game.”
French said his team has been battling nagging injuries, including tight end Blake Mason who has a thumb injury. But French expects Mason, who had 25 catches and seven touchdowns last year, to be ready for the opener.
Who may be gone for a while is running back-linebacker Jesse Mattingly. He suffered a torn meniscus in his knee lifting weights.
“And he was our long snapper, too, so he will be missed,” French said. “We’re not sure when he will be back.”
The only coaching change for Boyle is the loss of Stephen French, who is now teaching at John Hardin and coaching at Central Hardin with new coach Mark Perry.
Here’s a look at what’s going on at other area schools as teams prepare to open the season this week: