Heroes travel to Fayetteville

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 6, 2008

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Huntington Heroes look to clinch a playoff berth this Saturday night as they travel to face the Fayetteville Guard in an American Indoor Football Association game.

Last week, the Heroes made a change at head coach for the second time this season. Carlos Clayton was fired and Paul Blankenship was named the head coach for the remainder of the season.

Blankenship, the former Wellston head coach and an assistant coach at several schools including South Point, notched his first win in the indoor football league, defeating the Reading Express 50-41 in Huntington last weekend. The win ended a four game losing streak.

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“We played very well,” said Blankenship. “Our players played their positions and made plays.”

Heroes’ quarterback Darnell Kennedy led the Heroes with five touchdown passes and also ran for two more in the win.

Newly acquired receiver Troy Perry torched the Express secondary as he caught two of Kennedy’s touchdown tosses.

Blankenship said the key emphasis on this Saturday’s game is going to be fundamentals.

“The key things for us is not to turn the ball over and have any missed tackles,” said Blankenship.

In the first meeting Fayetteville escaped with a 34-26 in Huntington. The Heroes had an opportunity to tie the game only to have their drive stall inside the Guard 10-yard line.

“Fayetteville is capable of beating us. Seeing as they did earlier this year,” said Blankenship. “So we need to be ready to play come Saturday.”

Kickoff is 7 p.m.