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Highland coach Jeff Shel-ton knew his team wouldnâ€™t have an easy time this year with its tough non-district schedule, and the teamâ€™s 0-2 start bears it out.
But after losing on the road at both Motley County (59-62) and Sterling City (6-51), the Hornets will get a travel reprieve this Friday as they host Loraine.
And despite the fact that this weekâ€™s opponent is 2-0 and has won both games by the 45-point rule, Highland can look to last yearâ€™s team for motivation.
The Hornets also started 0-2 last year before beating Loraine, 46-44, to begin a five-game roll heading into district play.
While a victory would certainly give Highlandâ€™s players a lift, Shelton is focusing on the long-range picture. â€śIâ€™m more concerned with the week-to-week progress than I am the Friday night result,â€ť he said.
â€śIf we get consistent play that gets progressively bet-ter each week, weâ€™ll be fine when district rolls around (on Oct. 25) and the season that counts begins.â€ť
And Shelton admits that the Hornets need to get better. â€śWeâ€™re not where weâ€™d like to be at this point in the season. We are making progress in certain area, and weâ€™re looking to shore up areas where we are strug-gling,â€ť he said.
Shelton said that Loraine, which has beaten Midland Trinity (62-14) and Fort Davis (52-6) in its first two games, runs a mix of the tight and spread offense as well as a 3-3 defense.
â€śConsistent play on both sides of the ball is the key (to beating them),â€ť he said.
After this week, Highland has another home game as the Hornets entertain Sands before hitting the road for their final three games prior to the start of district.