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Seals looking for more from HHS

August 29, 2018

HUNTINGTON - On paper, Huntington High’s 17-9 football win against Belfry last week in the Pike County Bowl looked like a strong open to the season.

The Highlanders jumped out to a lead, forced turnovers defensively and held off a late surge to defeat a team that has been a Kentucky Class 3A power for many years under head coach Philip Haywood.

If you ask Huntington High head coach Billy Seals, however, there won’t be much praise heaped on his team.

“We weren’t very good, to be honest with you,” Seals said. “We graded it as a staff, and we were probably a ‘C’ overall. We felt like we were very average and our special teams were atrocious.”

In addition to special teams blunders, one other thing Seals was disappointed with was his team’s ability to capitalize on its opportunities.

Huntington High led 14-0 at halftime and had a chance to put the game away as Belfry fumbled on its first series of the second half, but the Highlanders got no points out of a drive that started inside Belfry’s 20-yard line.

“They fumbled on the 17-yard line and we could’ve gone in and made it 21-0 and we got nothing out of the drive and ended up in a dogfight,” Seals said. “We’ve got to learn how to put people away.”

Huntington High (1-0) gets the chance to work on some of its issues in a 7:30 p.m. Friday game at Riverside. The Warriors are coming off a 21-6 loss to Woodrow Wilson in their opener, which featured plenty of newness.

“Young football team, new coaching staff,” Seals said of the Warriors. “It will take them a little bit of time to jell together. They use a lot of motion on offense and try to find you not being in your proper place on the defensive side of the ball.”

Still, Seals said he’s more interested in seeing improvement from his team.

“We’ve got to take care of the opportunities that we get,” Seals said. “We’ve got to be more efficient and that’s what I’ve preached to our guys about -- getting better at what we do.”

Riverside got a strong performance from backup quarterback Javonte Elzy in the loss to Woodrow Wilson. Elzy rushed 10 times for 110 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown run that accounted for the Warriors’ lone score.

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