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Knights set to tangle with Collins

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By Jesse Osbourne

The Marion County High School football team will test its pass defense on Friday night when Collins High School comes to town.

The pass happy team puts a lot of points on the board, averaging 48.5 points per game in their first two games in existence.

"They run a spread offense with (senior) Branden Cresap at quarterback. Everybody is touting him as a possible Mr. Kentucky. He's the real deal," Knights Head Coach Jeff Robbins said.

Cresap has a big target in 6-4 receiver Ben Axline and a solid front line.

"They have good size up front. They're a very good-looking team," Robbins said. "I'm sure they're feeling real good about themselves after beating Sheldon Clark and North Hardin."

At times last season the Knights struggled against a passing offense. Has the secondary improved since then?

"We feel like this secondary is better," Robbins said. "Some people are going to read that and think I'm crazy but we were geared up to stop the run against John Hardin. We tried to stop (Jeremy) Harness and (Landon) Savoy and they caught us in some bad situations."

Robbins said he feels this team is more athletic at defensive back.

"We're going to have to come up with a good scheme," he said. "This is not the Tony Franklin system like Wash County uses. It's a nice system they came up with on their own. We'll do a lot of video study and make sure we're mentally prepared."

Will Collins look anything like the Lone Oak team that beat the Knights 45-28 in the state semifinals last year?

"There's no comparison to Lone Oak. That bunch was unbelievable," Robbins said.

Robbins said the Knights would employ a similar strategy as they used against John Hardin, which includes controlling the line of scrimmage.

He said he wants to put more defensive pressure up front, forcing Cresap into early throws.

"He threw some picks against North Hardin because of that," Robbins said.

The Knights kick off at 7:30 p.m. at John J. Boswell in their first district game of the season.