By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Steve Jewell’s Corbin Redhounds are looking to begin the season with a 2-0 record for the first time since the 2009 season when they reeled off their first five games.
To do so, Corbin will have to find a way to knock off visiting Lexington Christian Academy in the nightcap of the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic.
After taking a one-year hiatus last year, the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic is back in full effect at Campbell Field.
“It’s big for the city and it’s always been fun,” Jewell said. “It’s a different atmosphere than any of the regular season ballgames, but I was telling Marlon (Sams), I was amazed with how much our kids talked about the Pigskin (Classic) last year on the week of when we didn’t have it last year.
“It’s something they look forward to and the student body looks forward to it, too,” Jewell added. “Sometimes you don’t realize that much until you don’t have something. It was a main goal to get this back going.”
The Redhounds are coming off a hardfought 13-12 win over George Rogers Clark that saw Jewell’s squad put together a goal-line stand at the end of the game to wrap up the victory.
“That was a great win for us,” Jewell said. “To beat a (Class) 6A team like George Rogers Clark was good for this team, but now we’ve got to try and get this out of our mind and move on. Lexington Christian is a very good team.”
The Eagles also had a nailbiter to open the 2012 season by slipping past Christian Academy Louisville, 13-12.
“They are a very athletic team,” Jewell said. “They are very good on offense and they remind me a lot of our team with a fast defense. For us to win, we’re going to have to play a very good game.”
Corbin established the run against George Rogers Clark last week while senior Matt Jewell ran for 173 yards on only 14 carries and Redhound faithful hopes the same will happen against the Eagles.
“We’ve got to come out of the blocks quick and establish the run,” Jewell said. “Last week we allowed George Rogers Clark to jump on us and we can’t let that happen against Lexington Christian. We allowed more than 300 yards in the first half last week, but only 60 in the second half.”
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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