Despite being the defending state champions and going up against a winless opponent this week, Russell coach Ivan McGlone wants his team to focus on the matter at hand.

McGlone wants his team to improve from week to week and thinks there is much room for improvement on the offensive side of the ball.

“I feel like right now, we are struggling a little offensively,” McGlone said. “We went through this last year as well. As time went on last year, we got into a better flow and I expect that to happen this year.”

When looking at Russell’s offense and Mr. Football hopeful Kasey Clark, struggle is not a word that comes to mind after scoring outputs of 33, 21 and 35.

However, Mcglone is not satisfied with just staying on an even level from week to week.

“We feel like we have to improve our game,” McGlone said. “We’ve worked on a few things that we think we haven’t executed the last couple of weeks. We need to get those problems fixed.”

Through three games, Clark has 299 yards on 55 carries with six touchdowns. He also leads the team in receiving, a trait that McGlone thinks stands out with his senior running back.

“I’ve always said he’s probably a better receiver than runner,” McGlone said. “It’s just a matter of our philosophy.”

Morgan County comes in with an 0-3 record and have had trouble finding the end zone this season with only 39 points through three games. On the flip side of the ball, the Cougars are giving up over 30 points per contest.

Still, McGlone said the Cougars’ scheme has given Russell some problems with versatile looks out of the double-slot set.

Defensively, the Cougars also bring an array of looks that will lend itself to several mid-stream changes.

“They do some things defensively that we have to adjust to,” McGlone said. “Their option look with the motion out of the double-slot has given us fits. We assume that we will have some problems with it tomorrow night. The last three or four games against Morgan have not been the easiest of ball games.”

While the worry of Morgan County’s different looks bothers McGlone as he looks to pick up win No. 255 of his career, the focus of his team also will be noted going in against the winless Cougars.

“I think that is part of the job anything to keep focus,” McGlone said. “I’m not so naive to think that there aren’t teams you prepare differently for, but you have to be able to go out there and play when you are scheduled.”

The Red Devils and Cougars will meet on Ivan McGlone Field at Henry R. Evans Stadium at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Grant Traylor can be reached at gtraylor@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2646.

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