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Knights prepare for Cards

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By Jesse Osbourne

A rivalry continues under the bright lights of John J. Boswell Stadium Friday as Taylor County travels to Lebanon to face the Knights.

The Cardinals (0-4) are looking for their first win of the season while the Knights (2-1) look for a third straight win.

Taylor County features a new coach in Curtis Cotton. He coached at Lexington Christian last season, working under Paul Rains. That team lost in the Class A state final against Mayfield.

"They've got a good offensive scheme, more of a spread type of offense," Knights Head Coach Jeff Robbins said. "I expect it to look exactly like Lexington Christian last year."

The Cards have struggled in their last three games after losing a 20-19 battle against Adair County in the opening week. Since then, they've been outscored 125-6.

"I expect them to play hard. They're hungry right now," Robbins said. "This is not a lay down game, they're going to come in and give us everything they've got. We'll have to be on our "A" game to be okay against them."

Robbins said Taylor County's special teams would receive the highest grade of any unit after he and his staff reviewed film.

The Cards feature junior Blake Dudgeon (11) and a huge tackle in junior Lucas Bradshaw (50).

Bradshaw measures in at 6-9 and 276 pounds.

"When we go out for the coin toss it will be comical like it was against other teams. It'll be our runts against their big boys," Robbins said.

Marion County leads the series over the last decade, holding a four to three edge over the Cardinals. Taylor County's last win in the series came in 2004 at Taylor.

Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. at John J. Boswell Stadium.