By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
SOUTH LAUREL — The South Laurel Cardinals were one stop away from evening their record at 1-1 in district play, but Southwestern quarterback Austin Smiddy hit a wide open Gunnar Pittman in the corner of the endzone to give the Warriors a 42-41 win in overtime.
It marked the second time during the game Smiddy and Pittman hooked up for a two-point conversion.
“We just let it slip away,” South Laurel coach Larry Welch said. “It’s real disappointing.”
Welch said he told his players before the two-point conversion to watch out for the quarterback to tight end pass play, but Southwestern (3-3) still managed to find paydirt.
“I told them, told them and told them, but evidently they didn’t hear what I said,” he said. “I figured they would run the play
and surely we would cover the tight end, but we didn’t.”
The Cardinals (1-6) fell behind early 7-0, but responded when Tyler Dethridge hit Jeremy Prichard for a 48-yard touchdown strike to tie the game at seven apiece with 11:37 left in the second quarter. It didn’t take long for the Cardinals to score again, as Jonathan Jenkins and Devin Pennington hooked up for a touchdown to give South Laurel a 13-7 lead.
South Laurel’s Jason Mitchell scored on a 73-yard run, as the Cardinals managed to hold a 20-19 lead going into halftime.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but there were plenty of fireworks during the final 12 minutes of regulation.
A 64-yard touchdown run by Mitchell increased his team’s lead to 27-19 with 9:42 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Southwestern answered with touchdown runs of 14-and-16-yards by tailback Logan Campisano, as the Warriors led 34-27 with 1:47 left in regulation.
Dethridge and Prichard hooked up on consecutive pass plays that allowed South Laurel to get back in the game, as the duo hooked up for a 32-yard score to send the game into over at 34 apiece.
The Cardinals scored on their first offensive in overtime when Dethridge scored from 10-yards out, but Southwestern answered and added the two-point conversion to pick up the win.
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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