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Christian County’s Jordan Miles throws during the Colonels’ contest against South Warren.

For the first time all season, Christian County has seen some continuity with its key players.

After losing some key skill players what seemed like every week for the first few weeks of the season, head coach Ricky Gehres finally got to see those players suit up for back-to-back weeks for the first time all year.

However, it couldn’t come at a more inconvenient time as the Colonels face off against the toughest stretch of their schedule.

“It’s been great having those guys back,” he said.” The bad part about it is you get all those guys back and you play the toughest team on your schedule. Definitely not an ideal situation. Wish we would’ve had these guys from week two and on. But the good part is I would rather have these guys for these games than not. That’s definitely a positive. We look better on both sides of the football. We’re a little bit more physical and tougher. The toughness and discipline on both sides of the ball have been so much better.”

After a decent showing against South Warren where the Colonels put up the most points against the Spartans by an in-state team this season, County will take on another perennial power in Bowling Green, the defending Class 5A state champions.

Gehres said it’s going to be another uphill battle, especially offensively against a very good Purples defensive front.

“When I think about Bowling Green I think about their defensive line,” Gehres said. “These guys are probably the biggest and strongest we will face all year.

“We’re definitely facing one of the toughest defensive lines that we’ve seen. They don’t come off the ball like South Warren but sometimes these guys are taking on double and triple teams and not being moved at all. We have to make sure we’re doing a good job of executing what’s there. We’re going to try to get them moving back and forth. We’re going to try to stretch them with some jets and some screens and just try to get them tired.”

But for Gehres, playing against teams like South Warren and Bowling Green are what he wants for his young team.

“I love playing the best competition,” he said. “These guys set the standard for whatever you should be aiming for. For us, when we’re facing a team like that, it’s a good barometer to show us how far we’re out or how close we are. Right now, we’re far off but I don’t want our players to see that as a negative thing.

“We’ve faced some good competition this year. … This is a good time to improve on the things we did or didn’t do and see if we can do that this week.”

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