Football looks to bounce back against E-town

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By Brandon Mattingly

Washington County looks to get back on track as they return home this week to take on Elizabethtown (2-0), who has started the year with a pair of lopsided victories.

The Panthers opened the season two weeks ago with Washington County’s District 4 rival Fort Knox, beating the Eagles 34-10. Elizabethtown then hosted and beat Edmonson County, which was a 28-0 final.

One of the biggest concerns going into the game for Washington County will be health, as six players in the top-two rotation on both sides of the ball for the Commanders missed last week’s game or were limited in their roles.

“They’ve got some athletes with a good mix of size on offense, and on defense they’re pretty physical,” Washington County Head Coach Eric Sagrecy said of the Panthers. They’re going to test us, so we’ve got to get healthy and be ready for a physical game.”

Elizabethtown’s strategy early on has been to run the ball, which they’ve done with great success. Despite posting 62 points through the first two games, the Panthers have only had to go to the air for 128 yards.

“They’re big up front and they’ve got some nice athletes that can run that ball,” Sagrecy said. “They’ve got a good running back (sophomore Bernil Cecil) that’s got a good amount of speed.”

Cecil has certainly showed that speed already this season, and has easily been Elizabethtown’s biggest offensive threat through two games, accumulating 306 yards and five touchdowns on just 26 carries.

With the playmakers that Elizabethtown has, particularly Cecil, containing the big play will be a major task for the Commanders following a week that saw them allow four touchdown plays of more than 30 yards.

“Defensively, we have to run to the ball and we have to tackle. We have the skill set to win several games this year, but we’ve got to get to the ball,” Sagrecy said. “We’re always going to be the smaller team on the field, so we’ve got to be more relentless than the other team. If we do that, we’ll put ourselves in position to win the football game on Friday night.”

The Commanders kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at Washington County High School. Hal B. Goode and crew start coverage 30 minutes before kickoff on 102.7.