Following are comments from Letcher County Central head football coach Junior Matthews about his team’s opening performance against Pike County Central and what the Cougars will have to do to win against defending state champion Pikeville in the Coal Bowl this weekend.
On last Friday’s win at home over Pike County Central, Matthews said:
• He is “pleased about the improvements we made from our scrimmage the week before against Lawrence County to this game.”
• The “offensive line played a great game and allowed us to have a great game running the ball.”
• “We tackled and pursued the ball well on defense. Pike Central had lots of size and I was please how we contained their running game especially in the second half.”
• “We have to clean up the penalties we had 13 for 95 yards and the secondary needs to play better going forward.
Asked about his thoughts on Saturday’s game against Pikeville in the Coal Bowl, Matthews said:
• “Win or lose against Pikeville my focus is on did we get better than the week before.”
• “They are coming off a state championship and have great offensive and defensive systems.”
• The Cougars “must limit the offensive big plays and make them sustain long drives.”
• Pikeville’s “Wyatt Battaile is a junior quarterback that is athletic and has a strong arm and we will have our hands full.”
• The Panthers “have several talented quick skill players and run lots of screens, we must make open field tackles.”
• “Offensively we need to continue to run the ball effectively and execute a little better on the passing game. We left a few big plays on the field last game in that area.”