Updated Thu, Aug 30, 2012 1:16 pm
One of every team’s goals is to have a perfect season. Heading into Week 2 of the season, the New Lexington Panthers and John Glenn Muskies still have those hopes alive.
Friday night’s game will be the first MVL matchup for each team this season. New Lexington beat Fairfield Union 28-0 last week, and the Muskies shutout Barnesville to the tune of 30-0. With both teams scoring nearly 30 points, the difference between the two is John Glenn’s defensive performance.
“There aren’t any weak sisters,” New Lexington head coach Bill Nutt said. “We don’t see any holes in their defense—they’re pretty tough.”
Last week’s dominating win was the turnaround that the Muskies want to see. Last season, John Glenn dropped their first game against Barnesville, 34-13 and finished the season 3-7.
“John Glenn is a much better football team,” Nutt said. “They’re always well coached.”
As Coach Nutt praised the Muskies, he also had a lot of positive notes about his team, especially his quarterback, Alex Bryant who is replacing last year’s star, K.J. Hook.
“The thing that impressed me most about Alex was that he made big plays when we needed them,” Nutt said.
However, there are aspects of the game where New Lexington needs to improve. The Panthers turned the ball over three times last week and Coach Nutt said that is one thing that they cannot do this week. He had mixed emotions with the special teams.
“The kickoff team is one place we weren’t happy with,” said Nutt, “but we were perfect on extra points.”
With both teams looking impressive in week one and the start of MVL play getting underway, Friday night in New Lexington will be a good showing of how strong the league truly is this season.