The Wayne County Outlook

Local Sports

September 9, 2008

Cardinals open district play Friday

Monticello — The Wayne County Cardinals open district play this Friday night at

Jewell Field, against Casey County. The cards opened their 2008 season last

week with a disappointing lost, at Rockcastle County. The Rebels are 0-2 and

coming off a 56-2 lost to Russell County. The contest is the district opener

for both teams and marks the 27th meeting between the two rivals, as Wayne

County has won the past 5 in the rivalry to own a 20-6 all-time series edge,

including a 21-0 decision in 2007 at Rebel Field.

"This is a big week for our football team and a chance to get better

after a very disappointing effort at Rockcastle County. District home games

are so important, plus we need to get back on the field and show we are a

better team than the one that showed up last week. We just made so many

mistakes and missed so many assignments on both sides of the ball, plus our

special teams play was very disappointing," said Cards head coach Shawn

Thompson.

The Cards failed to score an offensive touchdown last week and totaled

just 108 yards on 48 plays. The offense totaled only 9 first downs and

finished with 5 turn -overs.

"Offensively our blocking has to improve in all areas. Our offensive

line play wasn't very good, but our backs and receivers also missed a lot of

blocks, so our overall effort must improve. We have to do a better job of

knowing our assignments and making an effort to get our helmets out and on

somebody. We have to raise our level of intensity and be the aggressor,"

said Thompson.

Junior halfback D.J. Hall scored the squad's only points on a 75 yard

interception return and paced the offense with 65 rushing yards, on 15

attempts.

"I really thought D.J. ran the ball hard and had a couple of nice runs,

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