With two weeks to refocus after an 0-2 start to the season, the Harlan Green Dragons will attempt to turn the year around as they travel to Lynn Camp today.
“When you are sitting without a win, any win can build confidence. We need to come out and execute and get on a positive track and build from there,” said Harlan coach J.B. Donahue. “We are still preparing for the district games and a win could build some momentum.”
The Green Dragons downed Lynn Camp 20-6 in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Gridorama last month at Harlan County High School, and will look to repeat that performance against the Wildcats. Senior running back Cory Chorak led the Dragons with 147 yards rushing and one touchdown in the scrimmage. Containing Chorak will be a focal point for Lynn Camp.
“I feel if we can contain him we can control the game. It’s easy to talk about it, but we have revolved most of our stuff around that and hopefully we can go out and do it,” said Lynn Camp coach Phil Russell.
However, the Green Dragons are far from a one-man show in the ground game. Junior quarterback Tanner Morris emerged as a reliable option in a week one loss to Leslie County, when he rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns. If the Dragons are to continue their success against Lynn Camp they will likely need another strong performance on the ground.
“We have got to run the ball with success. We need to get the run game going behind Tanner and Drew. I think we are pretty good up front, and we are waiting on the line to show that this week,” Donahue said.
Lynn Camp enters the contest fresh off of their first win of the season. The Wildcats cruised past Jellico, Tenn., 41-12 last week after opening the season with disappointing losses to Powell County and Campbell County, Tenn.
“We were excited after that win and have practiced good. I really like our attendance. The kids are focused on this game,” Russell said. “Hopefully we can come out and execute like we did against Jellico last Friday.”
The Lynn Camp offense will feature a different look than the Green Dragons saw in the gridorama. Athlete Aaron Mills has again added quarterback duties to his already full load as a running back and receiver. The senior had two passing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown, two extra points and a two-point conversion in the first half last week.
“We seen the other quarterback last year, so we have seen both. The kids are aware both will play quarterback. I think Mills will run around and give a different dimension back there. We have got to prepare to stop the run first defensively,” Donahue said.
No matter who is under center, Russell said it is crucial that his Wildcats hold on to the football against Harlan.
“Offensively, we can’t turn the ball over. I think we can move the ball down the field with the run-pass option at any time. We are a tough team to prepare for,” Russell said. “Any team is going to try and put pressure on us, so we will try to keep the game plan as simple as we can.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.