By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
There’s a lot on the line this week as the Corbin Redhounds head to Log Mountain to face long-time rival, Bell County.
In addition to the fact the district’s No. 2 spot and a home playoff game is on the line, the Redhounds have struggled over the past 10 meeting with Bell County, going 3-7 dating back to 1999.
With that in mind, Steve Jewell’s Redhounds will be itching to get a win and try to continue the momentum they bring into the contest. Coming off a lopsided win over McCreary Central last week, Jewell said he felt like his team is ready for the Bobcats, but he also admitted that getting the win will not be an easy task.
“We’ve got to get our game plan down because it’s going to be a tough game,” Jewell said. “The kids know about the rivalry and they know about the history, but there’s a lot more to it.
“For all intents and purposes, this game is going to determine that No. 2 slot in the district, which means the winner gets to host a home playoff game,” he added. “This game also goes into the SEKC standings, which is one of the goals we have at the start of the season, so there’s a lot on the line this week.”
While Corbin took advantage of an extra day off last week after beating McCReary Central on Thursday, the Bobcats took their bye week as they play what will be the most important game of the season to date.
Both teams are 1-1 in district play with losses to Wayne County. The Bobcats beat Casey County handily in their other district game, 50-0, while Corbin cruised to a 60-0 win over the Raiders.
When it comes to similarities of the two teams, the running game is the first thing that comes to mind.
Bell County’s Austin Caldwell leads the team in rushing with 474 yards and five touchdowns on 75 carries, while Chase Woolum has racked up 345 yards and 11 touchdowns on 69 carries.
Corbin’s Jake Coppock has paced the Redhounds with 589 yards and 10 touchdowns on 72 carries, while Taylor Waddle has tallied 318 yards and seven touchdowns on 30 carries.
Four other Redhound players have surpassed the 100-yard mark on the ground for the season as Dillon Brock (186), Drew Carter (180), Tucker Jewell (163) and Cai Jackson (100) have all taken advantage of playing time in game that have gotten out of hand.
The good news for Jewell is the fact many players have been able to get in on the action, which means he can keep his guys fresh when it comes to a ground-and-pound kind of game if need be.
When it comes down to the running game, Corbin has the edge as it averages 245 yards per game on the ground, compared to Bell County’s 187.5. Overall, Corbin has racked up 334 yards per game, while Bell County has managed to gain 251 yards per game of total offense.
The stingy defensive play of the Redhounds has given up just eight points per game, while the Bobcats have surrendered 20 ppg through the first seven games.