E’town hopes to continue turnaround at Thomas Nelson

Elizabethtown kicker Mary Bell kicks an extra-point attempt last Friday against Nelson County. The Panthers return to Nelson County tonight to face Thomas Nelson.

After three straight losses, a trip to Nelson County helped Elizabethtown football get back in the win column last week.

The Panthers return to the neighboring county to build on the success against Thomas Nelson tonight.

“It’s always good to win. We’re not too excited about it. We know it’s never as bad and it’s never as good as it seems. It’s always somewhere in the middle,” Elizabethtown coach Ross Brown said. “It’s good to get the win, but we’re still making plenty of mistakes that we’ve gotta clean up going forward.”

Last week’s game was the first since week 1 against North Bullitt that Elizabethtown had held its opponent to a single touchdown. On the offensive side of the ball, the Panthers’ 35 points were the most the team had put up in a game up this season.

This kind of result was a step in the right direction, but Brown said there’s still plenty of work to be done to correct some of the errors that have often hampered the Panthers this season.

“We’re still making some of those mistakes. Some of them are unexplainable. Sometimes we just drop the ball for no reason and other things like that that are happening. Sometimes you’ve just gotta look up and think what am I doing wrong, but the kids are trying,” he said. “They always give a great effort and they want to win, they want to get better and they want to be perfect. When they don’t do that, they’re as tough on themselves as anybody is. Sometimes it’s just I think maybe we’re trying too hard to correct this stuff instead of letting the game just come to us, but we’re getting there slowly but surely and sooner or later these unforced errors are gonna stop and when that starts happening, we’ll move forward.”

The Generals head into tonight’s Class 3A District 3 matchup at 2-3, with three straight losses to Bethlehem, Atherton and Kentucky Country Day ahead of tonight’s kickoff.

Elizabethtown had little trouble against them last year, winning the regular-season meeting 40-0 and then following up in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs with a 63-7 victory.

While this is a different Elizabethtown team from last year, Brown hopes the rebuilding process can continue and that maybe last week’s win helped the Panthers turn the corner.

“We knew it would take the first part of the season. We didn’t know how long until we found out what puzzle pieces fit where,” he said. “Now I feel like we’re set, we know where all the puzzle pieces fit and now going forward, we’re gonna continue to just get better. People aren’t moving around and people are able to go ahead and settle in in this spot and realize that this is what it’s going to be. I think it will be easier to build on that with the certainty and the comfort of knowing this is where we’re gonna be from here on out.”

Elizabethtown and Thomas Nelson are slated to get started at 7:30 p.m.

Matt Tyson can be reached at 270-505-1425 or mtyson@thenewsenterprise.com.

Matt Tyson can be reached at 270-505-1425 or mtyson@thenewsenterprise.com.

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