TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

November 14, 2013

Colonels struggled early, never recovered


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

The Whitley County Colonels stumbled out of the gate to start 2013 and never seemed to fully recover — literally and figuratively.

Injuries hampered the Colonels’ on offense as starting tailback Zack Mills was stuck on the shelf for much of the first half of the season. If that wasn’t enough for head coach Jim Black to deal with, the team lost second string back Austin Hooper before Mills could recover from an appendectomy.

The Colonels dropped their first eight games before picking up a win over Letcher County Central, but the woes continued as they fell to Boyle County in the regular season finale. A 47-22 loss to unbeaten Pulaski County knocked Whitley County out of the playoffs, followed by Black’s resignation as head coach this week.

Though the Colonels struggled often during the season, Black said he was pleased with the effort his team gave as the year wound down.

“I will give credit to my kids because they never quit on each other, or on the coaches, and I think that was a reflection of our entire coaching staff,” Black said.