Panthers pose matchup problem for Astros


East Clinton looks to halt a four-game losing streak Friday when South Central Ohio League rival Miami Trace comes to Lees Creek.

The Astros and Panthers will tee it up at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Miami Trace is fresh off its first win of the season over McClain last week, 32-13, while East Clinton lost to Wilmington, 35-0.

But many times in sports, an opponent may not have many wins on their side of the ledger, but they cause matchup problems for your team. That seems to be the case for East Clinton when talking about Miami Trace.

“On offense, they really like to run the ball right at you,” said EC coach Jeremy Yankey. “This is the kind of team that we have struggled with this season, so this is going to be a challenge for us.

“On defense they are a 5-2 team that is very big and disciplined. Their kicker has a very strong leg and can pin us deep on kickoffs.”

East Clinton simply could not generate any offense in the loss to the Hurricane. The Astros had 73 total yards, 61 passing. Their 26 rushing attempts accounted for just 12 yards.

“Really didn’t like anything about last week’s game,” said Yankey. “We need to continue to become more physical. The weather conditions really limited us on what we were able to do.”

One of the positive aspects of the Wilmington game for East Clinton was no turnovers and only four penalties.

Yankey said his Astros’ special teams have been solid this season.

“I have been very pleased with our return game with Wyatt Floyd and J.T. McCarren,” he said. “Freshman Austin Arellano has been place kicking very well in practice. He has the ability to be something special, both kicking and punting.”

By Mark Huber

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