Sunday, September 17, 2000

Elder-Highlands notebook

Coach's talk sets tone for Panthers

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Doug Ramsey isn't known as an emotional person, but Elder's fourth-year coach was at his best during a pregame talk to his players before Saturday's game with Highlands.

        “They're (Highlands) saying this is their national championship game and it's only the fourth week of the season,” Ramsay said during the pregame talk.

        “There's no one on their schedule who can beat them and they'll probably win the Kentucky state championship again. This is an opportunity for us, and let's take advantage of it.”

        Highlands was ranked No.3 nationally on one Web site.

        Ramsey asked the Panthers to come out hitting.

        “Let's knock the crap out of them,” Ramsey said. “When we start hitting, that's when they'll wear down. They don't play a schedule like ours week after week, and let's show them how good we are this year.”

        When Ramsey concluded the talk, senior tailback Kyle Koester butted heads with as many players as possible in an effort to fire up his teammates.

        Ramsey said the key for Elder was not allowing big plays and having the Panthers offense sustain drives to keep the Bluebirds offense off the field.

        During the first half, Highlands, normally a passing team, ran 17 times for 89 yards while quarterback Gino Guidugli threw only 14 passes, completing seven for 90 yards.

        OFFICIALLY THE BEST: Tom Thompson has been officiating high school football games for 37 years and has worked eight state championship games. But he ranks Saturday's Highlands-Elder game at Paul Brown Stadium at the top.

        “I'd say this is my biggest thrill,” Thompson said before the game. “I'm excited about it and this should be a good game.”

        Thompson's crew included Wayne Keller, Bob Kanarek, Doug Desoto and Larry Elkin.

        “The game was assigned to us weeks ago,” Thompson said. “At first we thought it would be played at Highlands, and then Nippert Stadium. It was exciting when it was moved here.”

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