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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Orrick Bearcats face their second straight I-70 Conference opponent on the road Friday night as they travel to Sweet Springs in a battle of young teams trying to get things turned around.
The Bearcats dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the league after a 51-8 loss at Crest Ridge last Friday, while Sweet Springs picked up its first win of the season, 18-6, in Lexington at Wentworth.
Before last week’s win over the winless Dragons, the Greyhounds had played teams with a combined 7-2 record, while Orrick had faced teams that were 6-3 prior to last Friday’s loss to once-beaten Crest Ridge.
Both teams are also small in roster numbers as well and both have battled injuries to keep those numbers even lower.
Sweet Springs struggled running the football over the first few weeks of the season and last week moved senior Derrick Nelson under center. He responded by completing 10 of 22 passes for 212 yards with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions.
Orrick Coach Scott Finley said the change in quarterback seemed to give the Greyhounds’ offense a boost.
“On film it looks like they are kind of going through a transition,” he said. “They were trying to run the ball quite a bit, but they were struggling. Last week, they really threw the ball around so you can see they’ve changed their philosophy a bit. They tossed the ball and really gained some yards that way.”