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September 20, 2013

Bronchos set to host Hornets

Central High aims to improve to 2-0 in district

CENTRAL HIGH — The Bronchos’ next opponent is dealing with injuries, so it remains to be seen what schemes they will face.

Central High hosts Macomb Friday night, facing a Hornets squad that is in its sixth year of its program.

Broncho coach Keith Burton said Macomb lost three of its starters to injury prior to the season, making things tougher on a program that has struggled.

“They are probably a team that is not going to be near the top of our district,” Burton said. “They’ve been trying to move people around a bit, and that concerns you a bit because of preparation.

He continued, “You are not sure what you will prepare for, becuase what you saw from them last week may not be what you see from them this week.”

So Burton said he and his staff challenged the players to focus on what they needed to do to get better, rather than preparing for what the Hornets might do in Friday’s game.

Although Burton said it is “hard to pinpoint exactly” what area the Bronchos have excelled the most, he has been happy with the defense.

“Our defense has been able to slow offenses down and give us the opportunity to come out with a win,” Burton said.

Although Oklahoma Christian Academy scored 34 points against Central High last week, “we were able to hold them down enough to win,” Burton said. The Bronchos won 74-34.

The Bronchos won’t face the stronger district teams until later in the season, Burton said, but that means it’s “very important” for the Bronchos to take care of business against the district teams not expected to be at the top. A win would give the Bronchos a 2-0 district record.

“In this stretch, it’s critical we get wins,” he said, “because it will be tougher as we get further into district play. We need to take care of the games we are supposed to win.”

Burton added he hopes the Bronchos can reduce their penalties. While he was pleased to see his players reduce turnovers last week against OCA, “I was still not pleased with the number of penalties we had. That’s something we’ve been working on.”

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