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East Knox’s Mason Lyon (37) is one of three offensive stars the Utica Redskins hope to contain in Friday’s game.
East Knox’s Mason Lyon (37) is one of three offensive stars the Utica Redskins hope to contain in Friday’s game. (Photo by Submitted Photo) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
September 13, 2012 9:47 am EDT

 

HOWARD — Both Utica and East Knox will have something on their minds Friday — redemption.

The Redskins and the Bulldogs struggled a week ago and would like nothing more than to get back on the right track with a strong showing Friday. The teams open play in the Mid-Buckeye Conference at East Knox at 7 p.m.

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The host Bulldogs (2-1) are coming off a whipping from state powerhouse Columbus Bishop Hartley. East Knox had beaten two playoff contenders in the first two weeks, but the Hawks proved too much last Friday.

“We ran into a little bit of a roadblock. I’m pleased with how we’ve done outside the league. We played three really solid programs. Hartley is a really incredible program. I think we can take some good things from that game,” said East Knox coach Calvin Hatfield. “We’re excited to get into the league, though. We expect the league to be very competitive. We’re excited to get it going.”

After a nice opening week, Utica (1-2) has struggled defensively in dropping its last two games. The Redskins gave up 500 yards of offense to Granville, then allowed 222 to Heath running back Donyelle Simpson. Coach Randy Felumlee thinks the problems are fixable, but knows they have their work cut out for them Friday with the three-headed monster of East Knox — Dylan Wears, Mason Lyon and Cody Howard.

“They (the Bulldogs) do a real nice job distributing the ball. They have three good backs that do a good job controlling the ball,” said Felumlee. “Our big flaw has been giving up the big play. It’s been our point of emphasis. ... They’ve got three kids good enough to hurt us. We’ve got to focus on the entire backfield.”

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