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Hornets, Indians meet in battle of unbeatens

COAL GROVE — No sense waiting very long for a showdown.

In a battle of 2-0 teams, the Coal Grove Hornets will play the Lucasville Valley Indians in a pivotal non-league game that could be very instrumental in postseason playoff computer points.

Hornets’ coach Dave Lucas is very much aware of the explosive nature of the veteran Indians.

“They’re a pretty good team. They didn’t lose but two or three players from last year,” said Lucas.

Speaking of last year, the Hornets Last year the Hornets won 36-28 to earn some valuable computer points.

In last year’s game, Valley used a 45-yard touchdown pass and two-point conversion with 1:48 left to tie the game.

But Coal Grove answered with a 64-yard pass from Evan Ferguson to Aaron Dickess to set up a 1-yard scoring plunge by Frank Delawder to beat the Indians.

The Hornets had 410 total yards in the game to 249 for Valley.

This could be yet another high-scoring affair with both teams featuring some talented skill players boasting plenty of speed.

“It could be. Controlling the line of scrimmage will be big offensively,” said Lucas.

Quarterback Blake Yates — a wide receiver last year — is a key to the Indians’ offense. He accounted for more than 200 yards last week in a 41-6 win over Rock Hill.

Alex Holcomb is the team’s leading receiver and the ground game is led by Yates but the Indians also use Brice Crabtree, David Shultz, Luke Keller and Tony Ward.

“We have to contain their quarterback. He’s a real good athlete. We have to play sound, fundamental defense and not get out of position,” said Lucas.

One thing the Hornets can do to slow down Yates and the Indians is to play keep away. Coal Grove would like to use their ball-control running game led by running backs Boo Woods, Bubba Wood and Greg Bender.

“We have to maintain control of the football. We have to capitalize on our scoring chances,” said Lucas.

In last week’s 18-13 win over Athens, the Hornets moved the ball but failed to cash in. They fumbled the ball three times inside the Athens’ 30-yard line.