TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

September 30, 2013

Ready to Roll

Lynn Camp looking to gain some momentum heading into district play


TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / The Endzone Staff

With his team sitting at 2-3 on the season, Lynn Camp coach Phil Russell is pleased with what he has seen so far out of his squad heading into a bye week.

“Obviously we’d like to be 5-0 like some of the other teams are, but there are also teams that are 0-5 that would like to be where we are right now,” he said. “With the games we’ve lost, Powell County is 4-0 and Campbell, Tenn. is having a good season and Pineville is better than what people think.

“This open week came at a good time. It couldn‘t have come at a better time,” Russell added. “I like where we are at. We see some things we need to work on, and we have also seen a lot of positives, too. We’re going to give the kids off the next two days and we’ll scout Berea Friday with Clinton County being just a bit too far to go and scout, so we’ll get a tape on them.”

The Wildcats will be back in action next week against a much-improved Clinton County team.

The Bulldogs entered the 2-13 campaign riding a 37-game losing streak. The skid reached 38 before Clinton County ended it with a 13-6 win over Trimble County. Jamie Miller’s squad ran its win streak to three games before losing to Caverna this past week, 20-19.

“Clinton County is a much-improved team,” Russell said. “We will prepare for them next week with hopes of coming out of there with a win. It’s going to be a long road game, but I’ve been told it’s a nice play to play.

“We have two games that are coming up that we believe are winnable games,” he added. “It’s very important for us to go out there and win both games. I would really love to get to 4-3.”

Russell said the key is for his team to get a win against Clinton County in Week Six before playing district foe Berea.

“We need to get some momentum going and getting a win over both of those games would be big,” he admitted. “If we can win both of those, and get the win against Berea, it means we would get the chance to play Campbellsville with a shot of hosting a home playoff game. We just need to stay focused and keep improving. I know we’re ready to go.”

Russell said his team is also hoping to keep its goal alive of playing for a district championship.

“We’re getting ready to get in phase two of our season,” he said. “That will be district play. Our kids know that we need to win our next two games. If we lose one of these next two games, then it’s going to be hard for us to get back on track.

“We’ve got some tough games left,” Russell added. “Our main goal is to be playing for a district championship when we play Williamsburg. These upcoming games are crucial.”