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2012 football preview: Knott Central Patriots

HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Knott Central enters the 2012 season having lost 30 consecutive football games. As we continue our DQ Grill and Chill Countdown to Kickoff series, we hear about why this season in Hindman will be different.

Things have not been well for the Knott Central football program recently. 2011 saw the patriots complete their second straight winless season. However, despite not recording a win since august of 2009, this group of patriots are excited about 2012, especially the defense.

"We've hit the weight room extremely hard this year. We haven't really been as strong as we should have been to fight the run and lines," says senior Casey Sparkman. "This year we've switched fronts. We've went from usually a 4-3, now we're back to a 3-4, and we can switch to whatever opposite defenses."

One improvement though the defense must make is stopping the run.

"Run first instead of worrying about the pass as much. Just attack," said Hartzel Carter.

As far as the offense, one strength should be the offensive line, a group that has really come together during the off-season.

"The offensive line, we've really come together as a family pretty much," says lineman Kyle Slone. "We help each other out. We try to help each other out if we can, just do what we can. It's a lot better knowing that we have somebody behind us that can run the ball and knows what they're doing."

Despite the recent struggles, the overall atmosphere surrounding the program has improved. And that's something the seniors want to continue.

Says senior quarterback James Campbell, "We're like one big family this year. Used to, we would separate into different groups and stuff, but now we're like all together as a team ready to play. We're actually doing good in practice now."

"This year's class of seniors is really, really extremely wanting to change stuff," adds Sparkman. "We've been here for four years and we want to change. We want a winning season."

Knott Central opens their season on Friday, August 24th when they host the Polar Bears of Bracken County.


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