Panthers travel; Cougars seek 1st win


Week 3 previews

By Rob Rose - jrose@civitasmedia.com



Rob Rose | NDL Head Coach Steve Duncan gives pointers at half-time in recent game.


Rob Rose | NDL Panthers defense, shown here in last week’s victory, will be challenged this Friday at Butler County.


This weekend one of our local teams are at home and looking for their first win. The other is on the road and playing to go 3-0 this season.

On Friday night the Logan County Cougars will host the Apollo Eagles. The Eagles will make the 70 plus miles trip from Owensboro.

Meanwhile, the Russellville Panthers will travel to Morgantown for a contest against the Butler County Bears.

Kickoff times for each game is 7 p.m.

GAME PREVIEW:

The Apollo Eagles (1-1) at the Logan County Cougars (0-2)

Location: 2200 Bowling Green Road Russellville, KY

Kickoff scheduled for 7pm at LCHS

Eagles Head Coach: Dan Crume

Cougars Head Coach: Steve Duncan

Eagles

How last season ended: The 2014 Class 5A District 1 Eagles ended their season with at 0-41 loss to Bowling Green in the opening round of the 2014 Gridiron Bowl. The Eagles finished with a 2-9 overall record. They were 1 -5 in their Region and 1-3 in their District.

The Eagles won their first game of 2015 at home versus the Muhlenberg Mustangs, 35-14. The following week, again at home, they were beaten by South Warren, 6-42.

In the two games so far, Eagles’ QB Brandon Alexander has averaged 132 yards per game with two TDs and one interception. RB Bryson Morris has averaged over 90 yards per game on the ground and has two rushing TDs.

Cougars

The Clougars’ last victory was on October 12, 2012 with a 21-20 win over Barren County. Since that time, the LCHS team has lost 25 in a row. This is LCHS’ third game since the move to Class 4A District 1, a move that most hope will prove more competitive for all concerned.

Last week the Cougars were shutout by the Muhlenberg Mustangs, 0-39. The Mustangs are a team that the Apollo Eagles handled in Owensboro with a 35-14 victory.

Look for another tough game for the Cougars. The Eagles have been outscored 41-56 by their opponents in this young season. Apollo has a deeper bench, but if the Cougars can get off to their usual quick start, and with a little better luck with bounces and other intangibles, this could prove to be an interesting game.

GAME PREVIEW:

The Russellville Panthers (2-0) at the Butler County Bears (2-0)

Location: 1852 South Main St Morgantown, KY

Kickoff scheduled for 7pm at Butler County High School

Bears Head Coach: Ryan Emmick

Panthers Head Coach: John Myers

Panthers

The 2014 Class 1A District 1 Panthers will make the 30 plus miles trip to Morgantown to face the also undefeated 2014 Class 2A District 2 Bears.

Russellville’s win in their home opener last week over the Fort Campbell Falcons 42-21 gave all of Panther Nation a reason to celebrate.

The Russellville squad loves to run the ball. In two games they have gained nearly 700 yards on the ground. Led by MJ Jones’ 127 yards per game average, and Joshua Bigbee’s 86 yards per game average, the Panthers have four additional ball-carriers with averages near 50 yards per game.

Bears

The Panthers will face a very good defense at Butler County and a very good passing game led by Bears’ QB Rex Henderson who has averaged 229 yards per game and has tossed eight TDs and only one interception this season. Henderson is also the Bears’ leading rusher but there are four other players averaging in the double-digits yards rushing per game so far.

The Panthers, on the other hand, have only attempted four passes this season—but they have counted as each was for over 30 yards gained and for one a TD.

The Panthers have outscored their opponents 90-40 in the first two games and the Bears have outscored their opponents 95-20.

This may be Russellville’s biggest test to date, as the Bears’ passing attack and their depth off the bench may wear the Panthers pretty thin.

Look for an excellent game from two teams that many might say are exceeding expectations early in this 2015 season.

Rob Rose | NDL Head Coach Steve Duncan gives pointers at half-time in recent game.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_coach02.jpgRob Rose | NDL Head Coach Steve Duncan gives pointers at half-time in recent game.

Rob Rose | NDL Panthers defense, shown here in last week’s victory, will be challenged this Friday at Butler County.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_rvdefense.jpgRob Rose | NDL Panthers defense, shown here in last week’s victory, will be challenged this Friday at Butler County.
Week 3 previews

By Rob Rose

jrose@civitasmedia.com

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