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Anderson County embarks on what it hopes will be a high school football season filled with joy when the Bearcats host George Rogers Clark this Friday, Aug. 29 at Hollie Warford Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
A year ago, the Bearcats were sloppy with four turnovers and seven penalties but still managed to rout the Cardinals, 50-21, in the season-opener.
Some things have changed since then as Anderson had key graduation losses, but Clark also has had to learn a new system as Mike Riddle has replaced Steven Collins as Clark head coach.
The Cardinals got the Riddle Era off to a good start with a 21-14 win over Rowan County in the first game of the Recreation Bowl at Montgomery County.
Quarterback Luke Sharrock, who showed ability to lead his team before going down with a concussion against Anderson late in the first half last year, ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns against Rowan. He also completed 6-of-12 passes for 65 yards.
“GRC is extremely athletic,” Anderson coach Mark Peach said. “Luke Sharrock is back at quarterback and he is absolutely fantastic. We will have our work cut out for us.”
Riddle was none too happy with 12 penalties, three of which nullified touchdowns.
Bearcats impressive in final scrimmage
Anderson County was impressive in its final scrimmage Friday at Lindsey Wilson College. The Bearcats took on Adair County and Louisville Western in a three-team outing.
“We played really well,” Peach said. “I told the guys after the scrimmage that now we need to find a way to apply the execution and mental focus we had last Friday on a daily consistent basis.”
Anderson was ranked fifth in Class 5A statewide in the separate coaches’ polls that appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader and Courier Journal last week.
1964 Bearcats to be honored
The 1964 Anderson Bearcats, the first team in school history to win nine games, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at approximately 7:10 p.m.
Anderson News sports editor will be featuring several of the personalities from that team during the current football season.