By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Berea Pirates (1-4) will try to bounce back from last week’s loss to Jackson County tonight when they take on Ludlow (1-4) in a Homecoming tilt.
The teams have played two common opponents this season — Bethlehem and Bracken County.
Both lost big to Bethlehem. The Pirates picked up their first win of the season 47-14 over Bracken County, while Bracken defeated Ludlow, 18-14.
But, Berea coach Adam Sutherland said to compare the two games, you have to look at much more than the scores.
“I told the guys, yeah you beat Bracken County and Bracken County beat this team. But Bracken dropped balls against us and they didn’t drop balls against Ludlow,” Coleman said. “You can’t just compare scores, you’ve got to look at what happened in the game. It’s not just about the scores, it’s about how they got those scores.”
The Panthers run a spread offense led by senior quarterback Mitchell Cody, senior receiver Zach Cole and a pair of sophomore running backs — Tim Mahan and Jeremiah Martin — and Coleman said he expects them to fling it around a lot tonight.
“They like to run a zone option with the quarterback. He likes to run the ball and they will runs some different formations on us to spread us out and see how many guys they can bring out of the box,” Coleman said. “They’ve been a challenge for teams getting their defenses lined up for their formations. So that is what we’ve worked on quite a bit this week, making sure we get lined up properly for their sets.”
Last week against Jackson County, Berea’s offense played pretty well, racking up 305 total yards, but penalties and mistakes killed several scoring opportunities.
Coleman said if his team eliminates those mistakes they can beat Ludlow.
“We can’t underestimate anybody. That’s just the way it is,” Coleman said. “We’ve got to come out and play our ‘A’ game.” We’ve got to control the ball, we’ve got to snap the ball, we’ve got to keep the ball in our hands and not make stupid penalties. We do those thing and we can win this ball game.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Berea.