TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Chris Parsons / The Endzone Staff
For the first time since the 2009 season, the Corbin Redhounds have won five straight games.
Steve Jewell’s squad has won by an average margin of 38 points per game with three shutouts to show for their efforts, but things are almost guaranteed to get tougher as the Redhounds approach district play next week against Wayne County.
Although his team has been off this past week thanks to a bye, as Jewell said his squad has been working with the same kind of focus as every other week.
“The biggest thing has been for our guys to try to get a little bit of mental rest,” Jewell said. “We’re actually in pretty good physical shape, other than a few bumps and bangs.
“I think this week off will be a good break for our kids as we head into what I like to call the second season,” he added. “We’ve gotten through our first five opponents, now we have to get ready for district play and try to keep playing well.”
Jewell admitted that he gave his team a little extra time off, which he usually does, but once the week officially got started it was business as usual.
“Once we got our week started we watched some film and kind of gave the kids some information on Wayne County,” Jewell said. “I’m sure after I watch them this week I’ll change a few things for us to work on next week, so we’ll go from there.
“We practiced a couple of days and lifted weights, then we worked on our conditioning,” he added. “I wanted to work on conditioning because we’ve had four straight games with the running clock, so we want to make sure our kids are in good enough shape to go a whole four- quarter ball game.”
Facing a potent Wayne County offense, they’ll need to be in shape. The Cardinals, who also sit at 5-0, faced Bell County this week to open its district schedule.
The Cardinals have experienced a similar start to the season, scoring 40 or more points in four of the five wins.
When it comes to mixing things up, Wayne County will do just that. So far this season, the Cardinals have passed for 1,240 yards, while gaining 759 on the ground.
The majority of their rushing yards have come via quarterback Tyler Guffey, who has tallied 309 yards and nine touchdowns, while he’s also thrown for 1,240 yards and 12 touchdowns.
As he gets set to face the Cardinals, Jewell said he’s hopeful the time off will allow the Redhounds to perform as well as they have the first half of the season.
“It’s a good time to take this week off and we try to set it up that way heading into district play,” Jewell said. “What that allows us to do is break the season in half so the kids don’t get wore down.
“I also think if you want to try and make a good run into November, this is a good springboard into district play and then into the playoffs,” he added. “So, we try to rest, but it really is just as much work in the off week, just working on different things.”