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Next Man Up

 Next Man Up 

 
By Kevin Taylor
Alma Schools 
 
It's not how you start but how you finish. That may become Alma football coach Rusty Bush's new montra. 
 
Losers of two in a row, the Airedales will try and snap a losing streak this without help of a number of quarantined starters. 
 
"We're going to be without some players, and that's just part of what you're dealing with in 2020," Bush said. "(But) we're not going to stop playing. We need to keep playing to get ready for 2021. We'll have some kids out there that need to play."
 
The Airedales, who may get one of their offensive linemen back soon, R.J. Billingsly, will hand the ball to one of the league's top backs in Logan Chronister. Chronister, who has rushed for 581 yards through five weeks, including 60 yards on 15 carries in last week's loss to Harrison. 
 
He's accounted for 578 rushing yards over his last four games. 
 
A bigger key, Bush said, is adjusting to Clarksville's potent single wing offensive scheme. The Panthers (1-3, 0-2) are averaging nearly 300 yards rushing (297.3) through four games. 
 
Clarksville lost one of its non-conference games to COVID-19.  
 
"They propose a problem offensively," Bush said. "Obviously, with the single wing, that's a very unique offense that I haven't coached against before. In 20 years, I've never seen it on a Friday night. We've got to do a great job on defense.
 
"You can't get pushed off the football; we've got to hold our ground to be effective and let our linebackers make some tackles."
 
Super sophomore Arthur Alvaraez has already rushed for 476 yards and scored five times. He ran for 129 yards in last week's 49-21 loss to Greenbrier.
 
"When you do get them second-and-long, they put another kid (Alvarez) who does a great job," Bush said. "Even when you put them in some bad predicaments, they've got a pretty good way out of it."