Undefeated Bowling Green and Warren Central meet at 7 p.m. Friday in a highly anticipated district showdown at WCHS.
Both teams enter at 7-0 and are coming off bye weeks. I visited Warren Central on Monday to talk with coach Mike Rogers and senior quarterback Michael Bush about the match-up. Their comments are available below.
Tomorrow, I’ll have comments from the Bowling Green camp about the game.
MIKE ROGERS, coach
On implications of playing Bowling Green: “It’s a tough challenge, that’s for sure. It always builds up to be the biggest game of the year. People have been talking about it since June, and in my case, since last year’s playoff game. It’s a big moment, cross-town rival – probably the two best teams in 5A. It sure means a lot to the playoff implications. We want to go out and compete better than we did last year and compete for a district championship.”
On BG’s offense, including junior QB Devin Hayes: “He reminds me of (graduated quarterback) Scooter (Hollis) when he was younger, except they feature throwing the ball a lot more. They’ve got really good receivers. The Fant kid, we won’t see one better than him. They’ve got speed on offense, and the Hayes kid has grown up real fast and makes pretty good decisions with the football. They complement that with a good run game, so it’s a big challenge.”
On the success of the teams the last few years: “Everywhere I’ve been, we’ve had a huge rival that was in town. At Graves with Mayfield, and even back to Nelson County, we had Bardstown that was really good. I’m kind of used to it. I don’t get too wound up … so it’s good for the students and the fans, and it’s exciting for the coaches. I really enjoy preparing for such a quality opponent.”
MICHAEL BUSH, quarterback
On Bowling Green: “They’re a good team, obviously. They went 15-0 last year and won a state championship. We just have to come out with intensity for all four quarters.”
On playing in such highly anticipated games: “These are the best ones. These are the ones you’ve got to love. It means a lot with the district and homefield advantage. It’s all a big deal.”
On how the Dragons used the off week: “We’re getting everything together mentality. We’re resting, and for the people that are a little banged up, it’s good to get that off week. It’s a chance to get everybody right and prepared.”