By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
Berea Community opens up its home schedule today when Class A Nicholas County rolls into town.
After falling to powerful Class 5A Letcher County Central 47-0 last week, the Pirates face someone their own size in the Bluejackets, who downed Bracken County in their opener, 44-0.
The Bluejackets are led by junior quarterback Ben Duncan and a bevy of running backs, led by senior Carl Hurd.
Berea coach Adam Coleman said Nicholas County is traditionally a run-oriented team, but this season they have opened up their offense more.
“They will line up and run right at you with a lot of double tight ends and run a fullhouse backfield,” Coleman said. “But this year they are not quite as one dimensional. They are throwing the ball a little bit more and throwing it better than normal, so that is something we’ve had to prepare for.”
The Pirate offense will face a defense geared to stopping the run, Coleman said.
“They will have eight men in the box on us. They know we like to run. Hopefully we can be balanced tonight to make them respect the pass a little bit more.
Coleman said the Nicholas County score last week was a little misleading because some of the points came late when Bracken gave up some easy scores out of frustration.
Coleman said today’s game will serve as a better measuring stick for his team.
“We’re looking forward to this week and seeing what we can do in Class A and kind of see where we stand,” Coleman said. “We match up with them size wise and speed wise, so we’re expecting a good ballgame.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.