The Hopkinsville Tigers (5-5) are coming off a 30-26 victory at Paducah Tilghman Friday night that saw them win their third straight game.
The Tigers will hit the road to take on the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats (7-3) Friday night as they look for their fourth straight victory in their Class 4A Playoff game with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
Tigers head coach Marc Clark spoke about the team’s performance and the plan going into Friday night’s playoff game at Franklin-Simpson. He said that he hopes his players will see that there are certain things they have to do to put themselves in a position to win a ballgame, specifically preparing well and playing hard.
“We have to play a clean football game, we can’t miss opportunities, if they take advantage of those things then they can have success, but it’s a one game season and you have to just focus on the details this week,” Clark said.
With their win at Paducah Tilghman, Clark said they just tried have fairly good preparation last week, and he thinks that helped them.
“So, our focus has to just be on Franklin-Simpson, we can’t just assume because we went out and had success against Tilghman that that’s going to just automatically mean we’re going to have success this Friday night,” Clark said.
He said that Franklin-Simpson is a really really good football team and that they’re going to have to play really really well. Clark said they’ve had the same goals and lessons all season long and that by preparing well it’ll give them an opportunity to win. Penalties have been an issue for the Tigers this season and one they’ve been working to decrease as the season progresses, so Clark said they have to not shoot themselves in the foot with penalties Friday night.
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“We’ve got to make sure we take advantage of the opportunity whenever we can,” Clark said.
He said Franklin-Simpson runs a Wing-T offense, so that presents its own difficulties with all the formations, motions, counteraction in the backfield, how they’re traveling, how it’s a playoff game, a one game season and that they have to play really well to be successful.
“All the work that you put in all offseason, kind of comes down to these games and there’s only going to be one team in 4A that ends the season with a win, and so for us we want to go out there and try to focus on winning one week at a time, just being 1-0 this week,” Clark said.
The Trigg County Wildcats (7-3) are coming off a 19-0 loss at Caldwell County last Friday night to the Tigers. The Wildcats will hit the road for their Class 3A Playoff game Friday night as they take on the Hart County Raiders (8-2) with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
The Todd Central Rebels (5-5) are coming off a 54-21 loss to the Green County Dragons last Friday night. The Rebels will hit the road for their Class 2A Playoff game Friday night as they take on the Mayfield Cardinals (10-0) with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
The Fort Campbell Falcons are coming off a 42-22 loss last Friday night to the Webster County Trojans. The Falcons will hit the road for their Class 2A Playoff game Friday night as they take on the Owensboro Catholic Aces at Steele Stadium at Kentucky Wesleyan College with kickoff set for 7 p.m.