The future of the 2020 Adair County High School football season remains up in the air. The Indians are scheduled to hit the road Friday for a key District 2, Class 3A battle with powerhouse Taylor County in Campbellsville.
However, the coronavirus continues to ravage southern Kentucky, and Adair County case numbers are being constantly reviewed.
Local students missed two days of in-classroom instruction last week, but did return to class on Monday of this week. If numbers go up, extra-curricular activities could be postponed.
“With COVID-19, it makes it harder to prepare because we’ve basically had two bye weeks, one because of the coronavirus and one because of a bye week,” Adair County coach Van Isaac said. “What I have done is given the players a few days off. My thought process behind that is I want my kids to be fresh. When you don’t play for two weeks, it is very natural for your coaches and your players to be frustrated. That is kind of where we’re at, we want to play.”
Kickoff for the game is slated for 7 p.m. CT.
Taylor County is rocking and rolling so far this season. The Cardinals are currently 5-1 and riding a four-game winning streak. Taylor County has knocked off Green County, Casey County, Estill, Hart County and Glasgow. Its only loss has been a one-score decision to Mercer County.
The main gun in the Taylor County arsenal is tailback Wes Oliver. The speedster has rushed for 1,090 yards and 15 touchdowns.
“This is one of the easiest games to plan for and prepare for. We have to stop their running back Wes Oliver,” Isaac said. “It is easy to sit here and say this is how we’re going to stop him. However, saying it and doing it are two different things.
“He’s a freak, he runs the ball very well and I think he’s probably the best running back I have seen since I have been down here. He’s really good; if we stop Wes Oliver we will win the game, if we don’t stop him we won’t win the game.”
Isaac said Adair County’s defense will have to try and keep Oliver contained, forcing him up the middle of the field.
“We’re going to be excited about the challenge,” Isaac said. “We’ve been pretty effective with the run so far. What makes me nervous is when he (Oliver) catches the edge.”
The Indians have been playing very well lately, too. After a 0-2 start to the season with losses to Metcalfe County and Rockcastle County, Adair County has won the last two games with decisive victories over Hart County and Berea.
The ACHS offensive punch has been impressive lately this season. The Indians averaged nine points per game through the first two contests, but kicked into another gear and have averaged 32 points per contest in each of their wins.
“Offensively, we’re adding wrinkles in as we go and sometimes I catch myself getting carried away and putting too much stuff in,” Isaac said. “We need to kind of keep it simple, do what we do and perfect what we do. We’re a Wing T team and we will have some pass plays out of that, and I have a few more formations up my sleeve.”
By Scott Wilson