By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
LETCHER CENTRAL — Jim Black’s Whitley County Colonels used their ground attack to secure a home playoff game Friday as they handled Letcher Central, 55-19.
Whitley County rushed for 617 yards, as freshman Zack Mills led the way with 12 carries and 224 yards during the win.
Both teams scored quickly in the game, as the Colonels (6-3 overall and 2-1 against district opposition) held a 7-6 edge just a minute into the contest. The game remained close for a while until Whitley County began to take control with its running game.
By the time halftime rolled around, Black’s squad built a commanding 42-12 lead while rushing for 412 yards on 29 carries. Whitley County continued to dominate in the second half and outscored the Cougars, 13-7, to wrap-up the 36-point victory.
“It was a good offensive effort,” Black said. “We could have probably had more. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times. We’ve got to clean that up. I thought it was a great job by the line on the execution and then the backs for the most part — good execution on their blocks.”
Letcher Central totaled 199 yards during the first half, but couldn’t get much going during the final two quarters.
“Defensively, you know, we didn’t play like I quite wanted us to start out, but we changed up few things and got it going in the right direction,” Black said. “We still need to work on some things in that area.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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