“This game means so much. There’s so much on the line,” said Campbell County Head Football Coach Justin Price of tonight’s key Region 3 home game with the Clinton Dragons.
The Cougars have put themselves in a position to make the postseason for a school record sixth straight time and must win one of their last two games to accomplish that. Price points out, “We gotta finish strong, and it’s going to take our best to win.”
TOP PHOTO: The Cougars are “going young” tonight but not this young. Head Coach Justin Price was greeted by his son Reese at the end of Monday’s practice.
If a win is to come for Campbell, it will come with some freshman playing; a rarity during the Price Era. The 8th year head coach notes that some of our players have been asked to do some things, maybe in August, they didn’t realize they’d be doing like some young kids playing some different positions.
C.J. Allen and Aaron Ellison are the two freshmen who have gotten the most reps this week in practice. The positions that they play are where the Cougars are missing some players tonight. Ellison will play a lot of receiver and safety while C.J. gets time at running back and linebacker spelling senior work horse Drew Jordan at times. Price’s twin brother, defensive coordinator and associate head coach, Matt, addressed the team saying, “You’re not freshmen. You’re football players. Go out and play and trust what you know how to do.”
Clinton also has a crack at its first post season appearance in a while under second-year head coach Randy McKamey as the Dragons must win their last two games to do that. That makes this 38th meeting between these two old rivals just that much more important.
Price knows his defense is facing a challenging offense to defend in the Wing T. He says the Dragons will run a lot of different formations, but that it will run very few plays, and the key for his Cougars is lining up correctly. He’s quick to add that McKamey is a risk taker and will do the unexpected like double passes and reverses.
Clinton is likely the biggest team the Cougars offense has faced so far this season. Price calls the Dragons bigger in the box with a really good linebacking corp and defensive front. Like always, Price will take what Clinton’s defense will give adding that Campbell’s ability to run the ball has been helpful.
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