By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
LYNN CAMP — The Lynn Camp Wildcats used a second-half comeback and a fourth quarter defensive stand to help seal a 28-26 win over Berea at home to put them at 1-0 in all-important district play.
A two-yard touchdown run by Aaron Mills late in the fourth quarter put the Wildcats on top for the first time since the game’s opening score when they led 8-0, but that lead was all it took to seal the win.
Tommy Hatfield led the way on the ground with 101 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while Jesse Keith added 52 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, while also passing for one score.
After the game, an emotional Phil Russell talked about how proud he was of the way his team battled back and came away with the victory.
“We didn’t execute most of the game, but we pulled it out,” Russell said. “I told these seniors this week that it was going to come down to the fourth quarter and we’d have to see who wanted it more. I guess we figured it out.”
Berea scored first in the game to grab an 8-0 lead, but Lynn Camp answered on a seven-yard score by Tommy Hatfield to cut the lead to 8-6.
The next score for Lynn Camp came on a 47-yard pass play from Keith to Mills to give the Wildcats a 14-8 lead, but that was all Russell’s squad would muster for the first half.
The Pirates however, scored 12 unanswered points to close out the first half to take a 20-14 lead into the break. A quick third quarter score extended Berea’s lead to 26-14 and apparently woke the Wildcats up.
A third-quarter drive capped by a two-yard scamper by Keith cut the Berea lead to 26-21, setting up a fourth quarter comeback attempt.
After forcing the Pirates to punt on two possessions and recovering a fumble on a third, Lynn Camp rallied in the form of a 75-yard drive, capped by Mills’ two-yard score to take the lead.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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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