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SEMI-PRO FOOTBALL: Wolverines prepare to host Mt. Carmel on Saturday at West Hardin (05/09)

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By Josh Claywell

 

By JOSH CLAYWELL jclaywell@thenewsenterprise.com ELIZABETHTOWN — The Hardin County Wolverines are down to one quarterback, but that may not matter as they take on the visiting Cincinnati-based Mt. Carmel Fire at 5 p.m. Saturday at West Hardin Middle School. Backup quarterback Seth Ellis, who signed with the Wolverines in the offseason, left the team to try and make an arena team in the Cincinnati area. “We hope he (makes the team),” said Wolverines lineman Charlie Hopkins. “With him being in the Cincinnati area it was a long drive for him to be here with us.” The situation is nothing new to veteran quarterback/team president Kendrick Johnson. Johnson was the team’s only quarterback in its first two seasons. “He’s been in this position before,” Hopkins said. “Kendrick has been our quarterback for a while now. Eventually he wants to settle down into more of a management role on the team. He wants someone he can groom to take over down the road.” The Fire, a second-year team in the United States Football League, are coming off a 1-9 season. Mt. Carmel lost its first six games before beating the Northwest Ohio Raiders, 23-16, in mid-July. The Fire closed the season on a three-game losing streak and missed the USFA playoffs. “They should be improved this season,” Hopkins said. “They had a bunch of new guys last year. I expect them to be second place in their division.” In their nine losses last season, the Fire was outscored, 307-125. Their biggest defeat was a 44-14 setback to the Miami Valley (Dayton, Ohio) Warriors. The Wolverines (1-0) haven’t played since a 40-12 win over the Tri State Sharks in early April. The Wolverine Charity Classic was scheduled for April 26 against Team Canada at Elizabethtown’s Doug Smith Memorial Stadium, but due to a conflict Team Canada had to reschedule. Hopkins said the game, which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, has yet to be rescheduled. To make up for the time off, the Wolverines held an intrasquad scrimmage two weeks ago. “It was a pretty good scrimmage,” Hopkins said. “We had about the same 25-30 guys that show up during the week for practice. It’s just hard to get guys that work during the day to show up until game day on Saturday.” Admission for the game is $6 for adults and $3 for kids ages 5-12. Children under 5 years old get in free. Josh Claywell can be reached at 505-1752