Week 7 Football Preview: Hillsboro goes for first win at Madison-Plains
Thursday, October 6, 2011 8:18 AM
HILLSBORO — The Hillsboro Indians have another opportunity to gain their first win of the season this Friday as they travel to Madison County and face the two-win Madison-Plains Golden Eagles.
Hillsboro's Dillon Hunick (7) wrestles Chillicothe running back Tim Beard to the ground, as the Indians' Christian Wildey (left) closes in on the play. The Indians travel to Madison-Plains on Oct. 7.
(HCP photo by Colin Ryan)
MP is coming off a 48-6 loss to the Miami Trace Panthers, a loss where they weren't 100-percent. Hillsboro is coming off a non-league 54-11 loss to the Chillicothe Cavaliers, a loss where they, too, weren't 100-percent. It is expected both teams will be playing at full force in Week 7.
The last couple games, the Golden Eagles have been playing without starting quarterback Ryne Davis or starting running back Stephen Lemieux, who are two leaders of the team.
"They (MP) should be back to full strength this week," HHS head coach Brian Spicer said. "We are preparing as if they will be 100-percent. They run the shotgun option well, and they have a good combo at quarterback-running back.
"Their quarterback throws well, and they are a good spread team. They are kind of like us on offense. Their skill guys will present a challenge."
HHS will be returning starting quarterback Christian Cundiff, who missed last week due to injury. Last week the Indians' points came from a field goal by Jarrod Hart, a fumble recovery and touchdown by Casey Woodyard and a two-point conversion run by Chase Gilliland.
"Last week was a tough week without Christian (Cundiff) in the lineup," Spicer said. "Last week was our first week in a few weeks where we struggled in practice. We struggled with players being hurt, and that created extra problems, which made a big difference on the field.
"We did the best we could, and hopefully we get back to where we were. We are getting guys back in the lineup, maybe all won't be 100-percent, but we will watch that."
As for the Golden Eagles (1-2, 2-4), their defense has allowed 177 points (29.5 ppg), and they have scored 73 points (12.2 ppg) in '11, compared to the Indians (0-3, 0-6) at 81 points earned and 290 points allowed.
"Plains has two wins, and we are the underdog again this week," Spicer said. "This is a game that is winnable. We can't keep making the same same mistakes and expect to win. We must limit our mistakes and have better execution on offense.
"Defensively, our defense has to play on a short field because of three-and-outs on offense, so we do need to help out our defense this week."
The Golden Eagles' defense is said to attack the football.
"On defense, Madison-Plains will go to the football. They aren't real big like Massie, Wilmington or Washington, but they do like to hit," Spicer said. "They use a 50 scheme and are good at it. They put seven or eight in the box and will challenge you."
Spicer talked more about the challenges the Golden Eagle defense will bring.
"They challenge teams by how they line up. Once we see how they will line up against our offense, we'll be able to see how we want to counter them," he said. "We can create match-ups in our favor."
One of the positives for HHS last week was younger players stepping up in the loss to the Cavaliers.
"Dillon Hunick had his best game of the year last week on defense," Spicer said. "(Christian) Wildey was at 75-80 percent, and Casey Woodyard stepped up with a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
"Offensively, we just struggled with guys out. We couldn't run the ball much last week. Overall, our offensive line is getting better with Zach Brown and Skylar Murphy executing blocks."
Madison-Plains and Hillsboro will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at MPHS.