By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — The Corbin Redhounds managed to finish the 2012 regular season at .500 (5-5), thanks to a pair of wins over Casey County and Harlan to close out the regular season schedule.
With summer workouts almost in the books, Corbin head coach Steve Jewell said he hopes that the effort his squad has put in over the past few weeks will pay dividends when the regular season comes around.
“The kids have really been working hard out there and I’m pleased with some of the things we’ve seen as a coaching staff,” Jewell said. “Any time you have kids out there working toward getting better you have to be pleased, so we’re just trying to give them a chance to get ready for when they come back from the dead period.
“As of lately we’ve transitioned more toward speed as opposed to strength with more speed and agility drills,” he added. “We’re going to be a little bit bigger this year, so this kind of lets the kids change gears for now and gets them away from some of the weightlifting and stuff.”
Jewell and company return a good number of players this season, including a junior class of 10 players and a sophomore group that had 19 players in it last season, many of which saw significant playing time for the Redhounds.
Given the number of kids that have been out this summer, Jewell said it’s encouraging to see such a large number as far as participation goes. The fact that the players are given a few options when it comes to their weekly agenda may make a difference as well.
“We kind of map out for the kids where they have a choice of a two-day or a four-day a week workout as well as a running program that we do,” Jewell said. “It’s really good because they get to come in and go at their own pace.
“This allows them to kind of flex themselves if they have jobs and stuff like that or other responsibilities,” he added. “Another thing this does is it gives us an opportunity to see how mature the kids are and how well they can stick to our program, while also being a responsible citizen.”
With a partial schedule already being released for the upcoming season, the Redhounds will open play with a pair of bowl games. The season opener will be on the road in the Ray Correll Bowl in Somerset as they face Southwestern, followed by the home opener against Perry County Central in the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic.
Jewell said he feels like the Redhounds’ schedule is comparable to years past, but he admitted he doesn’t know a whole lot about several of the teams they’ll face.
“We start over in Somerset against Southwestern in the Ray Correll Bowl, so I expect them to be improved from last season,” he said. “Then we pick up and come back home to face Perry County Central in our Pigskin Classic.
“I don’t really know a whole lot about Perry County Central, other than what I’ve seen on video while scouting other teams that may have played them,” he added. “I did try to not schedule so many large schools back-to-back like I have in the past, which hopefully will allow our kids to regroup between those games. There were games last year where our kids were barely making it through and we feel like the schedule change could help that.”