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East ground game too much for Floyd Central?


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East junior Alex Cowan drags New Albany juniors Corey Grangier, left, and Jeffontae McClain, back right, across the goal line for a touchdown last week in New Albany.
PHOTO BY TOMMY WALKER
East junior Alex Cowan drags New Albany juniors Corey Grangier, left, and Jeffontae McClain, back right, across the goal line for a touchdown last week in New Albany. PHOTO BY TOMMY WALKER


Floyd Central coach Brian Glesing isn’t expecting miracles when his football team hosts No. 1-ranked Columbus East at 7 p.m. Friday.

He knows his squad (1-4 overall, 0-3 Hoosier Hills Conference) probably will have a long night.

“They are disciplined; they are physical; and they will hit you,” Glesing said of the Olympians. “They do a few things on offense and a few things on defense, and they do them really well.”

Glesing’s squad is coming off a 63-15 loss to Jeffersonville, and he said there is no doubt that East is the best team in the conference. He even goes so far as to say East might have one of its best-ever squads.

About the Highlanders

East’s opponent: Floyd Central Highlanders

When: 7 p.m. Friday at Floyd Central High School

Record: Floyd Central is 1-4 overall, 0-3 in Hoosier Hills Conference after a 63-15 loss Friday to Jeffersonville

Most recent meeting: Columbus East won 35-21 in 2011

Key players: QB Bryce Smith, OG Chaz Wolf, OT Joe Wolf, TB Garry Posey

Floyd Central coach: Brian Glesing

“I think East’s running game has been overlooked the last few years, not by the coaches, but by people and the media. But now, their running game is emphasized even more, so there are less variables. Their offensive line fires off the ball, and they have the best back in the conference in that sophomore (Markell Jones).”

Glesing’s team, which had nine wins the past three seasons, has taken its lumps this year.

“Defensively, we are struggling,” he said. “We have a very young team, and we have had a lot of injuries. We’ve had a plethora of problems. But our goal is to be real good at the end of October.”

Although the Highlanders have rolled up 350 yards a game on offense, they’ve had a hard time punching the ball into the end zone.

“Seventy percent of our problems have been in the red zone,” he said. “The major culprits have been turnovers and penalties. Overall, we’ve done some good things offensively. We have a veteran line and quarterback.”

The quarterback is senior Bryce Smith, who is a three-year starter. Smith has completed just 40.6 percent of his passes and has only two touchdowns while tossing five interceptions.

The Highlanders have run the ball well with sophomore Garry Posey, who has gained 925 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He averages 7.5 yards a carry.

Unfortunately for Floyd Central, if Columbus East concentrates on taking away Posey, the options appear slim.

The two veteran linemen for the Highlanders are Chaz Wolf (offensive guard) and Joe Wolf (offensive tackle). In an attempt to help his defense, the Wolf brothers and Smith all will play both ways against the Olympians, so fatigue might be a factor if Floyd Central manages to stay close into the second half.

Jones and fellow East tailback Christian Wichman should have big days. Opponents have averaged 9.7 yards a carry against the Highlanders.

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