By: Michael Hamilton
PDT Sports Contributor
The Portsmouth West Senators (3-5) will host the Fairland Dragons (0-8) on Friday evening, October 23rd, in a Week 9 football matchup. The Senators are aiming to pick up their fourth win on the season, and give the Dragons their ninth consecutive loss.
Portsmouth West is coming off a big win over the Waverly Tigers in Week 8, and would like to keep the momentum rolling their way heading into a Week 10 matchup against the Wheelersburg Pirates next week, to end the regular season.
If they are successful in their last two games this season, the Senators would salvage bring their record to an even .500, however, Portsmouth West must first defeat the Dragons.
Portsmouth West Senators Head Football Coach Ben Johnson was proud of his team’s performance last week against Waverly. “We’re coming off a big win for us last week, and I was proud of the way our guys fought and battled in a close game,” said Johnson. “We’ve had a good week of practice, and we’re looking forward to a good performance this week.”
Johnson acknowledged the record of the Dragons as well. “They’ve struggled a little bit this year, but they appear to be getting better each week as well,” said Johnson.
Last week, the Dragons fell to the Dawson-Bryant Hornets 20-13.
“I’m sure that their kids are going to be hungry, and they’re going to play really hard,” said Johnson. “We’ve got to have our ‘A’ game and be ready for the challenge.”
Coach Johnson believes his team will come out on top Friday night if they continue to do the things he and the rest of the coaching staff have stressed all season. “We’ve got to play good defense,” said Johnson.
Johnson has been impressed with his team’s run defense in the past several weeks.
“We’ve got to get better with our pass defense, and not give up big plays,” said Johnson.
Other key points essential for a Senators win included playing better on special teams, as well as playing a solid game on offense, according to Johnson.
Playing at home will definitely benefit the Senators as well. “We have an outstanding atmosphere at our stadium,” said Johnson. “I think it does help inspire our kids.”
The matchup between the Senators and the Dragons is scheduled to have a 7 p.m. kickoff at Portsmouth West High School.