TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

November 19, 2013

A pretty good start to an exciting week!

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TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — The high school football season is over on a local level with the exception of one team as the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets continue to march toward Bowling Green.

Will Jerry Herron be able to guide his team past Hazard as the two teams square off in the region finals for the third time in the past three seasons?

Your guess is as good as mine, but if Friday’s game is anywhere close to the kind of contest we saw last season, you don’t want to miss it.

I won’t go as far as making a prediction on the game, but I will give you a little bit of information to chew on as we all wait for Friday to roll around.

Offensively, the two teams are very close in production for the season. Williamsburg has averaged 42.7 points per game, while the Bulldogs have scored at a rate of 37.6 ppg. On the defensive side of things, the Yellow Jackets are allowing 13 ppg, while Hazard is giving up 17.6.

When these two teams met in Hazard last season, despite it being a 7-0 game when all was said and done, I was treated to one of the better high school football games I had ever seen.

When the same two teams take the field Friday night, I wouldn’t expect anything different other than maybe the outcome.

If there was one game I wouldn’t miss this football season, this is the one because just like every Williamsburg player, I’ve been looking forward to this rematch.

• Congrats are in order

Monday was a special day for a local athlete and coach and I want to congratulate the both of them.

Corbin High School senior Hannah Hart signed a letter of intent to play fastpitch softball at Morehead State University when her senior season is over.

I know having covered the team over the past few seasons how hard Hannah and the entire Lady Redhound squad has worked to get where they are right now — competing at a regional level.

Coach Hart led the Lady Redhounds to the district championship game last season, before falling to South Laurel in the finals, and then to the region finals, only to drop a 12-0 decision to the same Lady Cardinals team.

Despite the two losses, Corbin players were able to experience that championship atmosphere and will most likely be a better team for it during the 2014 season.

A lot of people may question the reasoning to signing a letter of intent this early, considering the season is still about four months away, but I like it.

When you think about it, not only does it allow the player in question to focus on the upcoming season, it takes a lot of pressure off of possible visits and scouts attending games. That kind of stuff can distract everyone involved, from teammates to coaches alike.

In the end, I’m happy that hard work and dedication have paid off for Hannah and coach Hart and I’m excited to see another Tri-County athlete move on to represent southeast Kentucky at a national level at a Division I school.