By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CAWOOD — Coming into Friday’s contest against Harlan County, Colonel coach Jim Black had warned despite the two teams being even on paper, he felt like the Black Bears were a better, more physical team than his.
It didn’t take long for the Black Bears to prove him right as Tom Larkey’s squad jumped out to a 19-0 lead with less than five minutes to play in the first quarter while going on to grab a 40-13 win.
After the loss, Black said the early deficit was due to several things.
“We made it easy on them in the first quarter,” he said. “They are a good team and I knew they were going to be able to run the ball like that, but we didn’t do anything to help ourselves in the first quarter.
The Black bears struck first, rattling off three straight touchdowns to start the first quarter. Two of which came via runs by Jake Middleton (six yards and 13 yards) with a 70-yard punt return by Treyvon Long sandwiched in between them.
Whitley County responded with 1:48 to play in the first quarter on a 26-yard touchdown strike from Austin Ysidro to Zack Mills to trim the deficit to 19-7.
After another touchdown run by Middleton to push Harlan County’s lead to 26-7, Boston Bryant was able to find the end zone for the Colonels on a three-yard scamper to make the score 26-13 with just over three minutes to play in the first half.
That was enough time for the Black Bears to strike again as Middleton capped a Harlan County drive off for the fourth time in the half with a touchdown, this time from one yard out, to put his team on top 34-13 at halftime.
Harlan County would add one more touchdown to close out the scoring as Scotty Bailey scored from one yard to put the Black Bears on top 40-13.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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