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Dale Estes guided Campbellsville High School as head coach on an interim basis in 2008, but Friday night will be his first opening night as head boss of the Eagles’ football program.
“I am exited and ready to do,” Estes said when he accepted the job in early July after Jay Cobb’s resignation after two seasons.
His enthusiasm does not seem to have dampened any after last Friday’s dual scrimmage vs. LaRue County and Casey County.
“We played well,” Estes offered. “The kids played really hard and I was pleased at how well we looked.
“We still have got lots of things to work on, but we competed really hard.”
Campbellsville comes out of the gate vs. Russell County, who was 9-2 last season, and has one of the state’s best running backs and one of the Commonwealth’s best kickers, in the fourth annual Forcht Bank Bowl at Campbellsville University on Friday (6:00).
And, it does not get easier for the Eagles the first half of the season with games at North Laurel and at CU vs. Green County sandwiched around a battle with cross-town rival Taylor County.
Junior signal-caller Zach Durham played a lot last year, but this season it’s his team to guide from the start.
Senior Dra Thornton, a stand-out on defense last season, will play a bigger role on offense this season, with the graduation loss of leading rusher Tashaun Hoskins.
As many as three freshmen could start for CHS in the opener and the roster consists of only six seniors and three juniors.
“If we can stay healthy, I think we can be competitive,” Estes continued. “But, we’ve got a tough schedule, especially early.”
LaRue County plays Adair in Friday’s nightcap (8:30) with Marion County meeting Evansville (Ind.) Central (6:00) and Green County battling North Bullitt (8:30) in the Forcht Bank Bowl.