Local teams have home openers this weekend


By Rob Rose - jrose@civitasmedia.com



Rob Rose | NDL The Logan County football team huddles before start of a recent game. The Cougars’ home-opener is Friday night versus Muhlenberg County.


Rob Rose | NDL Panther Head Coach John Myers and assistant Jason Henley instruct the offensive line before a playoff game last season. The Panthers home-opener is Friday night versus the Fort Campbell Falcons.


It’s an excellent weekend for High School Football in Logan County. Both local teams will have home-openers on Friday night.

Russellville will host the Fort Campbell Falcons at Rhea Stadium and the Cougars will host the Muhlenberg County Mustangs at Logan County High School. Both games have 7pm kickoff times.

GAME PREVIEW:

Muhlenberg County Mustangs (0-1) at the Logan County Cougars (0-1)

Kickoff scheduled for 7pm at LCHS

Mustangs Head Coach: Hays Browning

Cougars Head Coach: Steve Duncan

Mustangs

How last season ended: The 2014 Class 6A District 2 Mustangs ended their season with at 6-56 loss to Bryan Station in the opening round of the 2014 Gridiron Bowl. The Mustangs finished with a 4-7 overall record. They were 0-4 in their Region and 0-2 in their District.

Last year the Mustangs got off to a quick 3-0 start, outscoring their opponents 100-26. Competition got the better of them in the last two-thirds of their schedule.

Look for a more experienced Muhlenberg County team this year, as they lost only five players to graduation.

The Mustangs lost their 2015 opening season game on the road versus Apollo, 14-35.

Cougars

How last season ended: The 2014 Class 5A District 2 Cougars ended their season 0-10 and did not play in the playoffs. They were 0-4 in their Region and 0-2 in their District.

The Cougars are looking for their first win in more than 20 tries over the past two seasons.

Look for a strong ground game and continued improvement from this young and quick squad.

LCHS have moved down a step and will be playing in Class 4A District 1 this year.

GAME PREVIEW:

Fort Campbell Falcons (0-1) at the Russellville Panthers (1-0)

Kickoff scheduled for 7pm at Rhea Stadium

Falcons Head Coach: Josh McKillip, Sr

Panthers head Coach: John Myers

Falcons

How last season ended: The 2014 Class 3A District 1 Falcons ended their season with a loss to Adair County in the first round of the Gridiron Bowl. The Falcons earned 3-8 overall record last season and were 1-3 in their Region and 1-2 in their District.

Fort Campbell plays with more experience this year, as they lost less than 10 players to graduation.

The Falcons lost their 2015 opening season game at home to former Russellville rival Mayfield, 0-42.

Panthers

How last season ended: The 2014 Class 1A District 1 Panthers ended their season 9-4 with a loss to rival Mayfield in the third round of the Gridiron Bowl. They were 4-2 in their Region and 2-2 in their District. This was good enough to finish in the upper tier of Class 1A.

The Panthers opened the season on the road with a convincing win over Trigg County, 48-19.

The victory in Cadiz, KY last week may have been unexpected to some, but the Panther dominance of the contest was a pleasant surprise for all Panther Nation and most likely sent a chill down other Class 1A teams.

There may be a risk of a let-down effect for the Russellville squad after last week’s win, but Fort Campbell should not count on that.

Rob Rose | NDL The Logan County football team huddles before start of a recent game. The Cougars’ home-opener is Friday night versus Muhlenberg County.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_cougarshuddle.jpgRob Rose | NDL The Logan County football team huddles before start of a recent game. The Cougars’ home-opener is Friday night versus Muhlenberg County.

Rob Rose | NDL Panther Head Coach John Myers and assistant Jason Henley instruct the offensive line before a playoff game last season. The Panthers home-opener is Friday night versus the Fort Campbell Falcons.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_myers02.jpgRob Rose | NDL Panther Head Coach John Myers and assistant Jason Henley instruct the offensive line before a playoff game last season. The Panthers home-opener is Friday night versus the Fort Campbell Falcons.

By Rob Rose

jrose@civitasmedia.com

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