Fort Campbell and Todd County Central each participated in the 2018 McCracken County Passing Tournament Friday at McCracken County High School. The 7-on-7 format was delayed nearly two hours due to a heat delay.
“For me the only reason we do it is to compete against another school,” Fort Campbell coach Josh Robins said. “The way I came up this isn’t real football so I kind of have a different view on it.”
Robins spoke on some key departures from last year’s Falcon team and told the Kentucky New Era some players to watch out for that could elevate their game in hopes of replacing the production they lost at some skill positions a year ago.
“Dayton Keeling played defensive end for us last year and he’s a huge loss,” he said. “We have Mike Averhart coming up and he’s definitely going to take that spot. Now we need a young guy like Shakari Smith or Jahcore Brown to come off the other side and I think Jordan Edwards needs to step up offensively and show us something there.”
Todd County Central coach Darell Keith comes into his first season at the helm for the Rebels. Last season, Keith was the offensive line coach at Christian County. When asked if he will bring anything with him from his time as a Colonel he responded, “The expectation to win.”
“Every year they expect to win,” Keith said. “They never talk about anything less than going to the state championship. Here losing has been taught. There they expect to win and I love that about Christian County people. These people will be thrilled to go to the second round of the playoffs. That’s a disgrace at Christian County.”
Keith understood when he accepted the head coaching job that the turnaround for the Todd County program wouldn’t happen overnight.
“Let’s not kid ourselves, let’s go with the history of Todd County. Been the doormat of Western Kentucky for about 20 years,” Keith said. “Anything right now is going to be a victory for me. I’m in a win-win situation. If we’re able to compete by instilling technique, grit, heart and it works ... it’s going to help me with the buy-in phase and that’s where I’m at right now.”
Robins admitted that his team still has plenty of room for improvement before the start of the regular season.
“So far I’m happy, but we still have a long way to go,” Robins said. “The culture has definitely shifted in the right direction and we’re starting to come together. There’s no negative attitudes or anything like that. I couldn’t be happier in that aspect, but we still have a long way to go football wise.”
Keith shared the type of football philosophy that he expects his team to demonstrate moving forward.
“What we’re doing is playing old-school football,” he said. “We’re going to play bump-and-run coverage, play pressure defense and let the chips fall however. High risk high reward.”
Todd County Central and Fort Campbell both open up their seasons Aug. 17 on the road.