On Friday night the annual “Clash of the Cats” football game will be played in Russellville’s Rhea Stadium.
The Panthers are running on all cylinders so far this 2015 season, and the Cougars are still trying to find their stride.
Local fans will flock to this game. Come early, find a parking place, find a seat in Rhea Stadium, and hold on. The “Clash of the Cats” is a game where current win-loss records can be tossed for a night and Cougar and Panther pride takes the field.
The Logan County Cougars (0-3) at the Russellville Panthers (3-0)
Location: Rhea Stadium, Russellville, KY
Kickoff scheduled for 7pm
Panthers Head Coach: John Myers
Cougars Head Coach: Steve Duncan
With last week’s loss to the Apollo Eagles, the Logan County High School Cougars are now winless in their last 26 attempts.
Last week the Cougars lost at home to Apollo, 12-35. It was a tough game with a few highlights for the Cougars. And a game where the opponent’s big plays and Logan County mistakes put the Cougars in a deep hole very early into the contest.
It is difficult for any team to play a style suited to them when behind the eight-ball so often. The Panthers may give the Cougars a particularly hard time in this year’s match-up, as Coach John Myers has his team attacking from all directions at once with the Panthers’ run attack setting up big passing plays.
Coach Steve Duncan has his Cougars playing hard and with pride even in the toughest moments. In his second year as Head Coach, Duncan seems to motivate his young team with a patience and tutelage that inspires courage even as games become out of reach.
Logan County’s losing streak will end soon. With the move to Class 4A, the odds of a victory this season and a visit to the post-season is very, very likely. In Friday’s game with Russellville the Cougars will have to find a way to keep the contest close, will have to play without turnovers, and will have to hope for bounces and close calls to go their way in order to come away with a victory.
The Panthers return home to Rhea Stadium this week to face local rival Logan County.
Last week the 2014 Class 1A District 1 Panthers defeated the Butler County Bears 52-42 in a shoot-out in Morgantown.
Big plays by multiple players kept the game close, with the lead changing several times, until near the end when Russellville was able to get the 10-point victory.
In last week’s game the Panthers averaged nearly seven yards gain per rush attempt. Led by Joshua Bigbee with 191 yards and MJ Jones with 96, Russellville earned over 400 yards total offense.
Perhaps the difference-maker in last week’s game was the Russellville defense who stepped up at key times for stops and to force Bear miscues.
Russellville has currently outscored opponents 142-82. They have also shown a habit of finding a second wind in the second half of the last two games they’ve played. Logan County, on the other hand, has been outscored by over 100 points in their first three games and seemed to play hardest and best at the start of their contests.
Russellville will be expected to win this year’s “Clash of the Cats” but look for a strong showing by Logan County.
Cougar and Panther fans will flock to this game. Rhea Stadium will be standing room only for this annual contest. When the ball is kicked off and the game begins, toss the current win-loss records out the window.
Anything can happen on any given Friday night.