Happy Thanksgiving neighbors! I, for one, am very thankful to live in a community where the biggest problems are dealing with signs in yards, neighbors putting leaves into the streets prematurely, and kids playing their music too loud in their cars.
We have a great city. End of story.
And just as mashed potatoes naturally pairs with turkey on Thanksgiving, so does a Fort Thomas Matters turkey day post with a Highlands betting line prognostication. Analysis provided by the Fort Thomas Independent Schools blog:
HIGHLANDS' KEYS TO VICTORY: Highlands hits the road again and will face another hostile environment. Towles along with running backs Jordan Streeter, Corey Compton and Jake True will need to get it done against a defense that allowed the fewest rushing yards per game (67 ypg) of any 5A team in the state. All of it starts up front for the Bluebirds, where the offensive line has made great strides to this point of the season. Highlands' defense knows what is coming. Stopping the run is everyone's priorities. The team will lean on Ty Seidl, Ben Lofland, Drake Bruns, and Austin Abner to make plays all over the field. If Highlands can get up a couple of scores early, it will be a long night for Harlan County.
HARLAN COUNTY'S KEYS TO VICTORY: Look for Harlan County to follow Johnson's Central blueprint from a week ago. The Black Bears must move the chains and grind it out. Not only will it shorten the game, but it will keep Highlands' potent offense cold on the sidelines. They aren't going to stop Towles, but they have to contain at least one element of his game. Jake Middleton, Zach Chitwood, and Carson Whitehead need to have big nights on defense and not allow the Bluebirds to break tackles and turn two and three-yard plays into 20-yard gains. Winning the turnover battle is a must and defensive back Cory Brewer (5 INT's) has displayed a nose for the football.
Harlan County has improved all year, but Mueller has outdone himself this year with an atypically small Highlands team. Even with the game being held in Eastern Ky, I think Highlands system is too much for the slow-footed mountain boys.
Highlands (-9.5) @ Harlan County