Wolverines take on R-S Central tonight

Published 9:22 am Friday, September 2, 2011

Polk defenders (l-r) Jacob Painter, Caleb Wilson and Damion Cantrell will have their hands full against Taylor Ledbetter and the Hilltoppers of R-S Central tonight, Sept. 2, at home. (photo by Daniel Hecht)

With an unblemished 2-0 record and a powerhouse offense that has put 38 points on the scoreboard in each of their first two games, Polk County returns home this evening, Sept. 2, to the friendly confines of the Little Big House. Tonight, the Wolverines square off against the Hilltoppers of R-S Central High School, who come into the game against Polk with a record of 1-1.
The annual gridiron grudge match, now in its ninth consecutive year, has emerged into an intense rivalry. Even though the Wolverines hold a decisive edge in the series, coming out on top in seven of the eight meetings, Polk head coach Bruce Ollis is careful to caution against overconfidence.
“Though we hold a decided advantage in the series, there have been a number of very close games over the years,” said Ollis.  “We expect the Hilltoppers to come to Columbus and give great effort and be very prepared. Coach Cheek will have them ready to play.”
The Hilltoppers offense will be led by 6’3”, 210 pound senior quarterback Taylor Ledbetter, an extremely accurate passer who throws the deep ball very well, and 5’10”, 225 pound senior fullback Cameron Green, who is a threat on the ground as well as one of the team’s leading receivers. Other offensive standouts that will test the Wolverine defense include juniors Devante Austin and Dustin Atchley, who are expected to play at both wingback and tailback.
The Wolverines offense will be led by sophomore Reece Schlabach, who will start again at quarterback as first team QB Alec Philpott continues to nurse a separated shoulder. Polk County’s ability to put points on the scoreboard will be tested tonight by a very athletic Hilltoppers secondary, led by defensive backs Sharod Hines, Jahri Miller and Johnny Hunt, who figure to match up well against the speedy trio of Cary Littlejohn, Tyler Ridings and Joel Booker.
The action kicks off at 7:30 this evening at Polk County High School.

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