Three straight losses is never a place where a football team wants to be. For a team that went two years without a regular-season loss, results like these are all the more painful.
It’s been a disappointing turn of events for North Hardin football since its first win on Aug. 27, but the 1-4 Trojans still have plenty more football to look forward to, starting tonight when No. 2 Boyle County comes to Radcliff.
This will be North’s first home game since a week 2 win over DeSales after the cancellation of last week’s game against John Hardin put them back on the road to face Danville.
“We’re doing alright. We’ve had a couple bangs and bumps and bruises from Friday and we had a tough loss, but overall we’re doing pretty well,” North Hardin coach Brent Thompson said.
Of the last three losses, the two most recent have been a 10-7 setback to Apollo on Sept. 10, the Trojans followed up with a back-and-forth battle against the Admirals last week that saw them lose the lead late and return home with a 28-25 loss.
While disappointing, Thompson said his players’ fight was evident in the tight matchups.
“We’re young. I’m not trying to use that as an excuse, but we’re still trying to figure out how to win. We’ve lost two close games and had totally different situations happen in them, but one thing they continue to do is battle,” he said. “They continue to come back to each week and try to get better. We’re trying to get better and we’re getting better in some spots and then we’ll make mistakes in others. Coaches make mistakes as well. We’re just all gonna try to get in our stride when we get into our district play.”
North Hardin will kick off district competition next week when it hosts Meade County. Before that, the Trojans will have to get past the Class 4A defending state champion Rebels first.
Boyle County comes into tonight’s game at 4-1 overall. The Rebels have shown they can move the ball on the ground and through the air, with 897 rushing yards and 921 on passing. Their defense has shown what it is capable of as well, most recently blanking Bowling Green on the way to defeating the Purples 31-0 last week.
“Obviously they’re a well-coached team and they’re one of the top teams in their class and that’s something that we look at. We also know that they put up a lot of points and they have a tremendous offense, but don’t discount their defense. You shut out Bowling Green for the first time in numerous years, you put on a display there,” Thompson said of Boyle County. “We’re obviously concerned with what they do. We’ve just gotta try to maintain and do like what we’ve done in the last two weeks and have a shot at the end of the game to get a win.”
North Hardin and Boyle County meet at 7:30 p.m.