DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County will meet Seneca High School of Louisville in a first-round playoff game Friday at Carroll Traylor Stadium.
It’s the first time since the 2007 season that the Marshals opened the playoffs at home, and only the third time in the last 13 years, coach Ron Barnard said.
“It’s a big deal,” the second-year coach said.
Seneca brings a lowly 2-8 record into the 7 p.m. game, but Barnard is not taking the Redhawks lightly.
“Seneca is a good ball club,” he said. “They’ve played some good teams. They’re big and fast.”
The Marshals ended the regular season with an overtime loss to Graves County, but showed great improvement over last year’s 4-7 squad. The upperclassmen remember a frustrating 1-9 campaign from two years ago.
Barnard considered whether this season deserved an adjective such as “great.”
“Yeah,” he said. “I think so.
“The kids have stayed hungry, they’ve shown a real good work ethic, and they’ve learned that when we challenge them physically and mentally in practice, this is where it pays off. Sometimes they don’t understand, especially the younger kids, why we challenge them. Now they know.”
Barnard is hoping those lessons learned will result in not only a home playoff game, but an advance beyond the first round, Friday night.
A victory would pit MCHS against the winner of the Louisville Butler-Muhlenberg County matchup Friday.