Somerset’s 1999 four-seed team was a very special one. Coming into the playoffs at 7-3, they had faced a monstrous district schedule and had barely survived. And when they did, they were full of life, ambition and will to win.
Kind of like the Somerset team we saw take the field against Danville on that night like no other earlier this year. There was focus, strength, and football power. That team that played that night would probably have beaten any other eleven players in the state of Kentucky. Certainly, they could have beaten anybody in Class 2A.
But that team has been AWOL for most of the season. The Jumpers have tremendous potential, but have not always shown the desire to play like a team, keep the heat on the other side, and score the points.
The Jumpers still rank number 3 in their class in total points allowed. As long as they play good fundamental football, they can be expected to keep the scores low. But they have to put the points on the board to win the ball games.
Coach Lucas agrees.
“We need to continue to improve on offense,” he said. “Defensively, we need to get back to playing fundamental football.”
That has been oh, so true in the last three games we have seen the Jumpers play.
Shelby Valley is a lot like the mythical Lake Wobegone. Every boy is handsome. Every girl is beautiful. They are all above average students, active in their community and church, and well-liked by one and all.
Football-wise, their past performance indicates they ought to lose tonight.
But maybe they didn’t get that memo.
Tonight’s game will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Clark Field.