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September 29, 2013

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Kats getting healthy again after rough start

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“I really like their corps of receivers,” Colby said. “They have a good group of them, a group of four or five who can all catch and run. The Morrow kid plays in the slot, so he’s hard to double team. Their two wide receivers are big, 6-2, kinda lean kids. They can run and catch.”

Kokomo’s offense has been sluggish out of the gate, but has shown signs of a turnaround in recent weeks, led by running back Bo Baker. Baker ran for 244 yards and four TDs in last week’s 32-6 win at New Castle, and enters the Richmond game with 662 yards and five TDs in 112 carries for the season. The Kats will need more of the same against at Red Devils’ defense that’s “playing really well right now,” according to Colby.

“They have a lot of seniors, and a lot of starters back,” Colby added.. They’ve got a really good defensive line up front, let by Nate Trawick, who’s as good as we’ll see this year. It’s going to be a battle of wills. We have to be able to run the ball, which we haven’t been able to do real well this year, I don’t think. Last week we got better, but [Richmond] has a very tough, stiff run defense, so we have our work cut out for us this week. But, we have some kids back, and I think that has our kids excited and ready to play.”

MACONAQUAH (3-2, 2-1 MIC) AT NW (4-1, 2-1 MIC)

The Braves enter on an emotional high after stunning Western 28-18 last week in a game punctuated by K.J. Walton’s 101-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the final minute.

Maconaquah coach Mark Hartman said the win gave the Braves “a ton” of life heading into the back half of the season.

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