For the first time since 2008 the Tiger football team has the chance to close out the regular season with seven wins when they take on Green County Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
Coach Mike Sizemore says this season has been a turning point for his program and he hopes to build upon this success.
“We have to take every game for what it is and give our best effort throughout the week to get ready,” Sizemore said. “We have to focus on the process in order to get the outcome that we want. Our team knows in order to play well at Harlan County next week, we have to play well this week and keep our mental focus. Keeping kids focused in high school is always a challenge and our guys need to take this week one day at a time and prepare to play a tough opponent coming in on Friday looking to beat us. We have to stay process oriented throughout the week and the outcome generally takes care of itself as you will play to your potential.”
Green County is class 2A with a 1-8 record. They’re fresh off their first win of the season, a 14-6 overtime victory over Metcalfe County.
Last week coach Sizemore overcame the distraction of homecoming to keep his team focused. This week will be full of emotions as it’s senior night for the Tigers.
Coach Sizemore says he can’t credit his seniors enough for what they’ve done.
“We have an outstanding group of seniors on this football team. They have worked so hard and put in so much time in order to get our football program back on a winning level and as a coach, I am extremely proud of this group,” Sizemore said. “People on the outside of the program really don’t see all the work these guys have done or the price that they have paid in order to have the success they are having. They have lifted, ran, thrown, caught, and done agility work throughout the year for the last two years to prepare them for this season. I told them coming in two years ago that they would be the group that really starts the get the wins on the field if they would do what I asked of them and they have done a great job of working and moving our team forward. They also have put the pressure on our underclassmen because if we want to sustain and move forward we have to be willing to work just as hard or harder to accomplish those goals. We will miss them once the season is over but we can’t forget the turn around that they have accomplished in such a short time in our football program.”
Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.