By: Brad Cole
Things didn’t go North Henderson’s way last week in its 19-15 heartbreaking loss to T.C. Roberson, but they sure did learn a few things in the process. “[We learned] that we can play with anyone we want if we continue to work and prepare with purpose. They came back ready to work at the start of the week ready to get better and compete”, Coach Clark said on his team.
Now, with last week behind them, North is ready for their next opponent: Polk County. They’ll face a Wolverine team that won its season opener last week and put up a eye-popping 34 points to do so. North’s defense will be needed more than ever, and that’s good news considering one of North’s two touchdowns last week came from the defensive side of the ball (a Mikey Smithers touchdown) and the defense forced multiple fumbles to aid the offense and gave them great chances to capitalize.
Coach Justin Clark knows his team will have their hands full, and his team also knows what they have to get done. “They are good at their offensive scheme in the option attack and if we are not assignment sound it will hurt us”, Clark said on Polk’s offense, which is the Wolverines’ strong suite.
The Knights’ offense will be a big part of tomorrow’s game, also. They’ll use Darren Lammons, who had a touchdown last week, quite a bit. His speed could overwhelm a Polk defense that allowed 28 points last week. Sophomore quarterback Kalin Ensley will also be an essential part in the game plan. Last week he showed potential as he wore out T.C.’s defense by making the opposing team chase him around the field. Austin Vanhoy, who won’t stop running for anything, will be another key as he bulldozes through offenses at the running back position.
This week’s game will start at 7:30 at Polk County and will be on channel 95.3 FM and 1600 AM on WTZQ, an area based radio station. The matchup is a non-conference one. The Knights beat Polk last year, 20-14.