Bears, Hornets Set to Battle in Key Gridiron Contest
Butler County (7-1 overall and 3-1 in district play) returns to action this week at Hancock County (4-4, 3-1) in a key district contest that will reward the winner with a second place finish and the right to host a first-round home playoff game. The Bears had their "bye" week last week in what BCHS head coach Ryan Emmick described as good timing for his team.
"Last week was an important week for us. First and foremost, the bye week came at a great time. We were a little banged up from the typical bumps and bruises from our season. The week off gave us the opportunity to rest a few guys and get healthy again. It was a very mental week for us," said Emmick. "Hancock runs a unique offense in the Wing T that is often times difficult to prepare for. The bye week gave us a great opportunity to prepare for them, understanding the tendencies of their offense and their play-calling. We were able to focus on what we did well and fix a few things we have seen on film that we needed to improve upon," added Emmick.
According to Emmick, controlling the line of scrimmage is one of Butler's keys to victory.
"Hancock is a physical football team that wants to control the clock by running the football. They do a great job mixing up who is running the football and carry out their assignments well. We must play our gap responsibilities and fly to the football on defense," said Emmick. "Offensively, job one is taking care of the football. We had entirely too many turnovers during our past two games against Union and Todd. We must take care of the ball and focus on ball security so we don't put our defense in a bad position on the football field," added Emmick.
There is a lot riding on this late-season game as the winner starts the playoffs at home, while the loser hits the road as the number three team in the district.
" It looks like right now the winner will host Crittenden County and the loser of this game will travel to Caldwell County for the first round of the playoffs," said Emmick.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Hawesville. You can listen to all the action live on Beech Tree Radio 1570 AM WLBQ with play-by-play by David Clark.