By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
NORTH LAUREL — When it comes to the power running attack, go no further than Chris Larkey’s North Laurel Jaguar football squad.
Larkey didn’t want his team to take any chances with Campbellsville during Saturday’s Cumberland Valley Bowl XII nightcap, so his players obliged by opening the contest with two scoring drives that resulted in 14 points — an 11-play drive that covered 69 yards and a five-play drive that went for 53 yards.
The Jaguars never looked back after jumping out to a 14-0 lead and cruised to an easy 40-7 win over the Eagles after accumalating 265 of its 340 yards on the ground.
“Our kids love to run the football and that’s what we do best,” Larkey said. “We practice that all of the time. If you’re going to throw the ball, you’ve got to practice it all of the time and if you’re going to run the ball you’ve got to practice it all of the time and that’s what we’re best at — running the ball.
“Our line loves it and our backs love it and we feed off of it,” he added. “It helps our defense and that’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to run the football. I thought we passed the ball pretty well tonight. It shows you we can throw the ball, too.”
Even though North Laurel’s Michael Nelson, who was named the game’s Offensive MVP)
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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