Heroes face another road game

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 4, 2008

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - If the Huntington Heroes thought last week’s road game was tough, then this week shouldn’t come as any surprise.

Last week Huntington (3-0) was successful in winning its first road game of the season and remaining undefeated as they held on to beat the Carolina Speed 40-35.

The Heroes now travel to Reading Pa., to face the defending Northern Conference Champion Reading Express Saturday night in an American Indoor Football Association game.

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Reading (2-1) has won two straight games heading into this week’s game. The Express upset the Erie RiverRats 44-34 in Erie, Pa., on Monday.

The win by the Express only gave Heroes head coach Teddy Keaton another challenge for his team as they prepared for the game.

“This will be a way more hostile environment than I’ve ever coached in. (Reading) has about five to six thousand fans and they get after you,” said Keaton. “Erie is a very good team, so that says a lot about how good Reading is.”

The Express will also be playing with a chip on their shoulders in this game. Keaton is responsible for that.

“I beat (Reading) in the AIFA championship game last year when I was coaching at Lakeland, FL., so I feel they’re going to give us their best shot Saturday,” said Keaton.

The Express’ offensive attack will be comprised of quarterback Rob Flowers and wide receivers Shawn Foxworth and Carmelo Ocasio.

“(Flowers) is very elusive in the pocket,” said Keaton. “Our linebackers will have to stay in the box longer to contain him.”

Flowers threw for 122 yards and three touchdown passes. He also rab for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Express win.

“Foxworth is their ‘go to’ guy. He gave me trouble in the championship game last year when I was with Lakeland,” said Keaton. “(Ocasio) will be a big threat as well.”

The Heroes will look for a repeat performance from their defense to stop the Express.

Last week the Heroes made three defensive stops inside the 5-yard line and a forced turnover to help lift them past Carolina. Keaton stressed the importance of his defense playing well, especially in the early part of the season.

“The defense needs to hold teams from scoring and help win ballgames. That way the offense can get their timing and catch up,” said Keaton.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.