Polk faces Shelby in 2nd round playoffsPublished 6:46pm Thursday, November 8, 2012
Facing one of the most celebrated and successful football programs in state history in the second round of the playoffs presents both challenges and an opportunity according to Polk County High School Coach Bruce Ollis.
“They are the winningest program in state history. (But) we are excited; it’s a great opportunity for our team and our program. We are looking forward to it,” he said. “A lot of people are talking about the tradition rich program and we understand that… but I have told our players we are going over there to win a game and that’s the only way we are thinking. It’s about us this week and we are going to worry about what we do.”
Ollis said defensively Shelby’s players are not huge but very quick.
“They kind of remind me of a Hendersonville type defense – a lot of kids that can get around the ball very quickly and are very physical. But we feel like we can slow some people down running option football,” Ollis said.
He said they have to account for the fullback, the quarterback and the pitchman. He said doing so makes people slow down.
“That’s going to be the key for us to play keep away; run 65 -70 plays. We feel like if we can keep the ball on our side a lot and not turn it over we can make things interesting,” Ollis said. “We realize there is a lot on the line and being on the road is a big deal, but it’s only 45 minutes up the road and we expect a big contingent of Polk County fans.”
Kickoff for the playoff match is at 7:30 p.m.