TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Denis House The Endzone Staff
LONDON — After Corbin went three and out on its first series Friday night against South Laurel, coach Steve Jewell let his team know his displeasure on their first offensive possession.
"I hate to get on to them, but I thought we came out flat on that first series," Jewell said. "The first series can be very important. It can be between winning and losing. We had to kick start them, but they responded."
Corbin ran up over 550 yards total offense in a 53-0 rout of the Cardinals. Taylor Waddle led the way with touchdown runs of 20, 10 and 72 yards, while Jake Coppock added a six-yard score and a 70 yard kickoff return for another score.
"Our running game was too strong for them," Jewell said. "We got to mix it up with inside and outside runs."This was the fourth game in a row that Corbin had a running clock as the Redhounds improved to 5-0.
On the other side a depleted South Laurel Cardinal team could muster very little offensive against the Redhounds. Coach Matt Rhymer found out Friday morning that he would be without running back Taylor Morris, who was out with a turf toe, and during the game, he lost Austin Rickett to a possible concussion.
"It was very tough," Rhymer said. "We are still trying to find our way. I have to coach these kids how to win." The Cardinals (2-2) had only two first downs in the game.
South fumbled on its first possession and the ball was recovered on the Cardinal 33 by Dalton Anderson. Three plays later Coppock carried it in from six yards out with 7:48 left. Evan Grissell's kick made it 7-0.
Corbin would score on seven of its next eight possessions. By halftime the lead was 34-0.
Brian Nantz scored from 12 yards out with 5:14 left to make it 13-0. That capped off a 70 yard drive. Waddle scored on a 20 yard run with 10:10 left. Coppock caught the two-point conversion and the lead was 21-0.
Following another South Laurel punt, Corbin took over on the Cardinals' 41. Five plays later, it was Waddle again, this time from 10 yards out, and when Grissell made the point after, the lead had ballooned to 28-0 with 5:41 left in the first half.
The Redhounds had one more score in them before the break when Coppock returned a punt 70 yards to make it 34-0 at the half.
The onslaught continued in the second half. Waddle scored on a 72 yard run with 6:58 remaining in the third to up the lead to 40-0. Drew Carter then broke on for 59 yards at the 2:24 mark to increase the lead to 46-0. The final score came when Dylan Brock scored from 36 yards out to make the final 53-0.
With all the injuries, the Cards were down to playing 13 or 14. Rhymer said the lack of numbers hurt his team.
"We need students that go to South Laurel that should be playing football playing," Rhymer said. "You can't play 5A football with our numbers."
The Cards will start district play by hosting Madison Southern this Friday.
The Redhounds now have a bye week to prepare for their first district game at Wayne County.
"The next run sets up what we do in November," Jewell said. "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."