WASHINGTON — It has been a rough start to the 2013 football season for the Washington Hatchets (0-4), but coach Kelly Brashear believes the play of his team will improve. The Hatchets welcome Mt. Vernon (Posey) for the annual Homecoming game tonight at 8 p.m. at Hatchet Hollow. Mt. Vernon (1-3) enters the matchup coming off the first victory of the season after defeating Vincennes Lincoln 35-14.
"They are a typical Mt. Vernon team — they have some quick athletic kids," Breashear said. "They like to spread the field, but when they have to they'll also wad it up and run it right at you. Offensively they can do both, they can play a fast finesse type of an offense, but against Vincennes (Lincoln) they were able to run power right at them also."
With a lack of players coming out for football this season, Washington has had to make due with playing multiple players on both offense and defense which has caused a disadvantage in the extremely warm temperatures of August and early September. The Hatchets can't do anything at this time about most of their issues with depth, but they can focus on consistency.
"Our biggest adversary right now is fatigue in the second half — it seems like most of the four games that we have played we've played pretty decently in the first half, but with so few numbers we have just ran out of gas in this heat and humidity," Brashear said. "We have changed our lineup this week and we will have four kids (James Sidebottom, Jeffrey Harwood, Edrwin Revolorio and Jaden Arvin) going both ways instead of nine or ten that we had been. Hopefully with a few kids coming back from injuries we'll get a little bit more rest and keep the guys a little fresher."