Greenwood-Franklin-Simpson: The Wildcats’ side

I’ll be covering Greenwood’s home football game against Franklin-Simpson at 7 p.m. tonight.

In yesterday’s Daily News, I had the chance to talk to Greenwood coach Greg Cavanah and quarterback Jeff Witthuhn.

But later in the day I spoke with Franklin-Simpson head coach Tim Schlosser.

The Wildcats (2-1) are coming off a 49-21 win over West Creek (Tenn.). They started the year with a 33-15 win over Monroe County, then fell to Warren Central, 34-6.

Franklin-Simpson totaled more than 500 yards of offense in its win against West Creek, getting 164 rushing yards and four touchdowns from running back Darius Wickware.

“We’ve continued to improve each week, especially this last week,” Schlosser said. “But I think how much we’ve improved remains to be seen. Our football team has done some good things.

“Our kids are playing very aggressive. They’re a physical football team, and our offensive line has continued to get better.”

Greenwood’s Cavanah talked Wednesday about having to piece together an offensive line after losing four of five starters to injury.

Schlosser has also had to deal with an inexperienced line, but he said the newcomers are coming along well.

“That was a big question mark coming into the year,” he said. “We’ve got three new guys up there, and one of them is a freshman, and the other’s a senior that’s never played before. They’re getting better, so I feel pretty good about where we’re at right now.”

Schlosser said the Wildcats will respect the Greenwood offense, which put up 63 points on Hopkinsville last week.

Witthuhn had seven total touchdowns in that game.

“Their quarterback’s back, and he makes them go,” Schlosser said. “He’s a big kid and physical, and he can run and throw the football. He’s a threat both ways, and he’s got some good pieces around him.”

But Witthuhn isn’t the only threat for the Gators (1-2), Schlosser said. The coach also highlighted Tanner Thompson and Dakota Madison as two players to keep an eye on.

“Those kids are capable of making plays,” Schlosser said. “They’re not a team that beats themselves. They struggled a little bit early, but I think they found their stride last week.”

I’ll have some live updates from the game on my Twitter feed, so just follow the @zach_greenwell or @bgpreps accounts.


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