By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Eagles earned a couple of days off after their big 41-13 win over Rockcastle County last Friday.
But, on Monday it was time to get back to business preparing for this week’s opponent — Whitley County.
The Colonels come to town today off a 42-13 loss last week to Morristown West (Tenn.)
Despite the lopsided score, Whitley County played the powerful Trojans tough early and put up some pretty good numbers on offense.
Southern coach Jon Clark said the Eagles will have their hands full with the Colonels.
“We’ll be playing a big physical team that will be very disciplined and well coached,” Clark said. “Friday’s score was no indication of the game. Whitley is a very good football team and a tough opponent.”
The Colonels rushed for 133 yards in the first half alone and finished the game with 316 yards of total offense and Clark said he expects to see a solid ground attack tonight.
The offense is led by junior quarterback Austin Ysidro, who last week finished with 99 yards on the ground and another 33 yards through the air.
“They are a very efficient run team. They are a disciplined run team and they are good up front,” he said. “We match up with them pretty well, but they are definitely bigger than us.”
Defensively, Clark said he expects Whitley to do what all Southern’s opponents will do, cram the line to try to stop Damien Harris.
“I don’t foresee Whitley doing anything insane like Rockcastle did last week and put 11 men in the box,” Clark said. But I do think they will fill the box. But if they do we are prepared for it. We’re prepared to throw the ball.”
Harris had six touchdowns last week in Southern’s 41-13 win over Rockcastle. The junior rushed for five touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a score.
He finished with 210 yards on 23 carries as the Eagles beat the Rockets for the first time in school history.
Game time for the Colonels and Eagles is 7:30 p.m. today in Berea.