TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Another week of football is over, and this we know — the Corbin Redhounds and North Laurel Jaguars remain the only teams in the Tri-County with unbeaten records of 5-0, and 4-0, respectively.
The Redhounds had an easy time against South Laurel, winning 53-0, while Knox Central took one on the chin against Bell County to fall to 3-2. Whitley County remained winless at 0-5 after losing to Clay County and with all the momentum Lynn Camp gained during its previous two-game win streak, it lost, after falling at home to Pineville, 30-6.
Player of the Week
This was a tough one this week with Corbin’s Taylor Waddle putting together a fantastic game against South Laurel with more than 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns, but this week’s top honor goes to Whitley County tailback Zack Mills, who ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns during the Colonels’ 42-36 loss against Clay County. It was Mills’ first game back since coming off an injury and he produced in fine fashion.
This week I have three things that were surprises to me — No. 1, Lynn Camp’s 30-6 loss to Pineville. This was a game many, including myself, thought the Wildcats would win. They were riding a two-game win streak while playing at home, but the Mountain Lions took control early and never looked back. No. 2, I really thought Whitley County would beat Clay County, but the Colonels just didn’t have an answer on how to stop Clay County’s Sam Karr on defense, and No. 3, I’m really surprised to see Knox Central get handled by Bell County like it did. The Panthers jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but the Bobcats answered by outscoring Knox Central, 34-6, the remainder of the game.
Making a statement
Corbin continues to show just how good it is by blowing out South Laurel on the road by 53 points. The Redhound defense now has two shut outs on the season, and Steve Jewell’s squad has outscored its opponents 213-21.
Just how good is that?
Only one other team in Class 3A has outscored its opponents by a larger margin — South Warren, 205-3.
Jim Black’s Whitley County Colonels are now 0-5 for the first time since the 1984 season, and to be honest, I’m not too sure when the Colonels will get their first win of the season. They’re going to have their hands full this week against Knox Central, and then they have games against Perry Central, Harlan County, Letcher Central and Boyle County.
Corbin’s 53-0 win over South Laurel turned out to be the Redhounds’ biggest win ever against the Cardinals. The Redhounds had won by 29 points on two different occasions, and the shut out is the third time they’ve accomplished the feat against the Cardinals.
Now this is a tough one. I could go with Whitley County’s loss to Clay County or Lynn Camp’s surprising loss to Pineville, but I’ve got to go with Knox Central’s 34-12 loss to Bell County. I really thought the Panthers would beat the Bobcats, but Wayne Mills’ squad proved me wrong. Bell County picked up a huge win at the right time for its program.
Knox Central’s struggles with stopping the run on defense has played a big role during the Panthers’ current two-game losing skid, something the Panthers hadn’t done dating back to the 2009 season. Knox Central surrendered 494 rushing yards during its 48-13 loss against Harlan County two weeks ago, and Bell County ran for 309 yards this past week. That’s 803 yards the Knox Central defense has allowed on the ground the past two games alone.
Big Game This Week
Southwestern 0-5 at North Laurel 4-0, 7:30 p.m.
Not too many times will you see a winless team going up against an unbeaten team being labeled as the game of the week, but you’ve got just that this week. Southwestern has played one of, if not the toughest schedule around, with close losses to Corbin, Knox Central, Somerset and Belfry. This is a big game for the Jaguars. A win over the Warriors Thursday allows them to start the district with a 1-0 mark and they need a victory with two road district games ahead against unbeatens Pulaski County and Madison Southern.
for Sept. 22-26
No changes were made with the rankings, as North Laurel remains at the top spot while Corbin is No. 2. Williamsburg falls to the No. 3 position while Knox Central, South Laurel, Whitley County and Lynn Camp round out the top 7 teams in the Tri-County.
They Said It
“The next run sets up what we do in November. Wayne will try to be physical with us but we are going to have to be physical right back at them. We want to go into Wayne County on all cylinders. This break gives us a chance to heal up a little bit.” — Corbin coach Steve Jewell on his team’s upcoming game against Wayne County.
“That’s just the crazy game of football. You come out and bust your tails and work hard and get off to a good start to the game. Then things start to go bad and we fall apart. I have to blame it on myself. I have to fix that. I don’t know what it is, but we have to find out and get better.” — Knox Central coach Scott Russell after seeing his team lose, 34-12, to Bell County Friday.