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Armes says Hawks bounced back from difficult defeat

By The Staff

By Nathaniel Bryan Landmark News Service It’s been two weeks since slumping LaRue County suffered its most heartbreaking loss of the season, but the Hawks’ longtime coach, Rodney Armes, is pleased with how his young team has bounced back.

“We’ve had a really, really good two weeks of practice,” Armes said Thursday night. “Last week, the kids practiced like it wasn’t a bye week. They’ve really done well.”

Armes hopes the hard work pays off as the young Hawks (3-6) head to Bowling Green for an 8 p.m. kickoff with Shenard Holton and the up-and-down Warren East Raiders (4-5).

Warren East is coming off a 34-16 loss last week to rival Bowling Green, the top-ranked team in Class 5-A in this week’s Associated Press poll. The Raiders outgained Bowling Green by 80 yards.

“When you watch the tape of them on field, they played Bowling Green tough. They were in the game the whole way,” Armes said.

Three of the Raiders’ four victories have been in shootouts, but they’ve been held to two touchdowns or less in every loss but one.

Armes feels Bruni’s pain as the youthful Hawks have had bouts with inconsistency.

“Part of their Jekyll and Hyde ways is they’re young on the line. And we are too, and I think that’s where our inconsistency comes from,” Armes said.

One thing the Hawks need to know where Holton is on the field. Holton, a University of Louisville verbal commitment, chose the Cardinals over Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Auburn, Ball State, Connecticut, Nebraska and Purdue, Central Michigan and Miami of Ohio.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Holton had 140 yards and a touchdown on the ground last week against a Bowling Green defense which allows just 126.3 rushing yards per game.

“Holton is fantastic. He can do some great things,” Armes said. “I’ve seen faster running backs, but he has great forward lean when he runs. His shoulders stay square. He’s a 4.0 student, so he’s sharp, too. He’s the whole package that you love to find. But he’s not all they have. They have other athletes too.”

With the Hawks traveling to Louisville next week to play the homestanding Valley Vikings (5-2 entering tonight’s game with Louisville Waggener) in the first round of the Class 4-A state playoffs, Armes would love to enter the postseason with a bit of momentum.

|But he said that might be easier said then done against the Raiders.

“When they get the ball, they’re dangerous,” Armes said. “They’re a good football team. And they spanked us up here last year, so we have our work cut out for us.”