Annual showdown with Louisville Male has familiar ending for FC PDF Print E-mail

By Michael McCammon
Special Correspondent

Floyd Central head coach Brian Glesing knew going into Friday night’s opener at Louisville Male would be a difficult challenge for his rebuilt Highlanders team.

 

“We wanted to test ourselves,” he said. “This is probably the best team we’ll face all year, so it will help us as we prepare for the rest of our season.”

Facing a Bulldog team that is among the favorites to win the Kentucky Class 6A title this season, Floyd Central took Maxwell Field with the type of energy and excitement that Glesing wanted from his players for the season opener.

“We came in with a lot of energy,” he said. “I really like how we prepared.”

It was difficult for the Highlanders from the start. After receiving the opening kick and benefiting from an offside penalty on the games first play to set up a first and five, the Floyd Central offense was only able to muster three yards and were forced to punt.

Male responded quickly.  Beginning at its own 22 yard line, the Bulldogs offense only needed five plays, with four going for ten yards or more, to score the game’s first points.

That scenario would repeat throughout much of the first half.  After holding Floyd Central to a second straight three-and-out, Male added a second touchdown on its second play of the drive, a 50-yard touchdown pass to pull ahead 14-0 with five minutes remaining to play in the first quarter.

“Their defense is so fast and so strong,” said Glesing.

Floyd Central, which couldn’t collect its initial first down until midway through the second quarter, also struggled to keep the Male offense in check.  The Bulldogs added a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to hold a convincing 28-0 advantage at the half.  The hosts added a touchdown (extra point failed) on its opening drive of the third quarter and added another late to claim a 41-0 win.

“When you start off with the best you get a good measuring stick of where you want to go,” Glesing said. “Obviously they are faster and bigger than us.”

Despite the lopsided score, Glesing saw growth and development from his team and will begin work on Monday to fix a few mistakes noticed in the opener.

“I thought we put up a good fight,” he said. “We gave up a couple quick scores that were our errors and we can fix that. Other than that, I thought we did a pretty good job of making them earn some of their points, which was good.”

Floyd Central will host rival Providence for its home opener on Friday at 7:00p.m.

“That’s a big rivalry game,” Glesing said. “Hopefully, our kids will learn from this and we’ll be a lot better next week.”