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Friday, October 4, 2013

Preview: Boone County at Ryle

By Greg Shoemaker | Featured Analyst

You can throw out the records as the US Marines Backyard Battle Series takes us out to Kentucky as Ryle plays host to rival Boone County. The two foes come into this contest struggling like no other time in this series. The Raiders have dropped five in a row and 11 of their last 12. The Rebels have fared even worse sitting at 0-6 and losers of 17 of their last 18 contests.

Despite their trouble this is an opportunity to get back in the district race, build some momentum and finish strong. With these kids knowing one another so well since their days in the pee-wee leagues, you can bet this affair won’t lack heart and desire.

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
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Boone County has scored seven touchdowns this season, six of them by quarterback Aaron Floyd. The junior has plenty of upside but needs to stay away from turnovers. Ryle junior Alex Brownell will play at the next level. His size (6-2/200) as a defensive back who can come up and stop the run is to his advantage. The more Ryan Hill touches the ball the better his productivity becomes. Look for him to get many touches on Friday evening.

TEAM TRENDS: Ever since their final four appearance in 2011 things have been trending downward for Boone County. The Rebels have lost 11 in a row and 17 of their last 18. To compound things even more the offense has scored seven points or fewer in five of six contests this fall. Ryle hasn’t fared much better on offense, scoring no more than 17 points in a game and have just eight offensive scores in six contests.

BOONE COUNTY’S KEYS TO VICTORY: The Rebels are going to create their own breaks. Boone County can’t play on their heels and must be the aggressor. Establishing that authority will keep them in the game longer and help to build their conference as the night wears on.

RLYE’S KEYS TO VICTORY: A young offense has struggled to find some consistency needs to start syncing sooner rather than later. The skill players need to take things to a new level. There is a half of the season in the books now and the game should be beginning to slow down for them. Getting big plays out of this group needs to become more commonplace for the Raiders to come out on top.

Greg is a co-founder of TSF and is now entering his ninth season as a Featured Analyst for the website. The Xavier University grad also serves as the Content Manager for the website and is widely considered one of the top high school football experts in the region. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.
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