The Tigers (3-1) will square off with the 4-1 Harlan County Black Bears. Coming off a significant loss to a very talented Wayne County squad, these Black Bears will be on the prowl for revenge. Tiger coach Mike Sizemore knows that district play will be tough, so who better to begin with than a perennial powerhouse like Harlan. “Harlan County is an outstanding opponent coming in on Friday night,” said Sizemore. “I expect them to bring a huge crowd and be fired up to open district play at Tiger Stadium.”
Sizemore has respect and admiration for his opponent, as he knows they will give the Tigers their toughest test yet. “I have an enormous amount of respect for Harlan County as a football program,” added Sizemore. “Just two years ago they were playing in the 5A State Semifinals, a lot of the kids playing now were on that team then. Now that they have dropped a class, they are an even more formidable challenge for most 4A schools. We must be willing to go out there and lay it all on the line Friday night. Our football program has been climbing and improving the last two years and we have turned the corner to where we are competitive again, this will be a massive test Friday night and as a coach I am looking forward to seeing how our kids will respond.”
Harlan County is a team laden with depth at nearly every position. They tend to bring out more kids than anyone in the mountains, and their sideline shows it. With roughly four ball carriers and a solid quarterback, this is a group that can pound you all night long on both sides of the ball while remaining fresh. Kickoff is slated for 7:30PM at Tiger Stadium on Friday night.