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Harrison Wildcats like to pass the ball around

By John Estridge, Sports Editor

Franklin County has been struggling with its pass defense.

Thus, it is unfortunate that the Wildcats opponent this week, Harrison, Ohio, is a pass-happy team.

“Offensively, they run a spread offense,” FC coach Wes Gillman said. “They'll run four and five receiver sets, and they throw the ball all over the place. Their quarterback has a great arm, and their receivers are big and talented.”

When they run, it is off their passing formations.

“When they do run, it's a zone concept, with the quarterback reading the defense for a run/pass option,” Gillman said.

Defensively, think East Central. The Ohio Wildcats run a 3-4.

“They're very similar to East Central: Fast, physical, and they fly around the football,” Gillman said. “They are one of the better teams on our schedule. It's going to be a challenge for both our offense and defense.

“We'll prepare like we do with any other team, trying to find the best looks for us to be successful,” he continued.

The only common opponent for the two teams connected by U.S. 52 is East Central.

The Trojans defeated FC 58-7 and beat Harrison 49-17.

When FC played EC, the guys in the press box said the Trojans played their best football of the season at that point against Harrison.

The Trojans were coming off 28-21 loss to Cincinnati Oak Hills.

In the previous weeks, EC had been throwing the football around. Against Harrison, they ran the ball and then ran it some more.

“They wore Harrison down with their power run game,” Gillman said. “We'll take a look at that film to see if there's anything we can exploit.”

However, FC has to mend its own fences.

“This game is more about us and less about our opponent,” he said. “I'm just looking for solid play from our guys. Whether the score is in our favor or not, we need to come out and play hard.”