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Musketeers prepare to open against Lions

August 22, 2013

Chris Slone


PDT Sports Editor


The Greenup County Musketeers will look for their first victory in two years and first win under third-year head coach Chris Mullins Friday as they welcome Lewis County to town.


“Every year you have goals, you want to reach your goals,” Mullins said. “We have corrected a lot of the big problems with the program. You are going to start seeing improvement. We basically rebuilt this program from scratch.”


The last time Greenup County played the Lions was Oct. 31, 2008 when the Musketeers, under former coach Mike Sammons, came away from that contest with a 46-6 victory. Sammons is currently the Notre Dame athletic director.


After watching film on Lewis County, Mullins said he expects a classic slugfest.


“They run a Power-I (formation) and they push people around,” Mullins said. “They play nasty, smash mouth football. And we do too. It’s going to be a physical, old school-type of a game.”


Mullins isn’t going to try trick many people with his gameplan.


“Who executes the best will win the game,” Mullins said. “It’s our job to stop them. We have a simple gameplan. We are going to line up correctly and just play.”


Even though Mullins is still searching for that elusive first win, the support has been upbeat.


“The parents are very positive,” Mullins said. “The community is positive. The administration has been great.”


Last season, the Musketeers graduated one four-year senior. This season, Mullins has eight seniors but 20 sophomores listed on the roster.


“We are turning this program around the right way,” Mullins said.


Mullins feels like his team has depth and after a tumultuous beginning, he feels it’s time for his team to take that next step.


“We love our schedule, we our playing a lot of local teams,” Mullins said. “We feel like it’s our time.”


Mullins understands the hard his player have worked but hard work isn’t is primary concern.


“It doesn’t matter how hard they work, they have to execute,” Mullins said. “We can’t just show up and beat people. They might feel like they deserve it, but they have to go out there and take the win.”


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