By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
If you thought Lynn Camp head coach Phil Russell didn't have enough problems this week, having to travel two hours to a different time zone where his Wildcats will face Clinton County, think again.
After playing quarterback Austin Maier in a jayvee game earlier in the week, where he suffered an injury, Russell will be without both of his quarterbacks this week when his team takes on the 3-3 Bulldogs.
After making the statement at the start of the season that his team would display “the fastest pass on grass,” the recent injuries have forced him to change his tune when describing what he expects on offense out of the Wildcats.
“After this week we'll most likely be known as the fastest run on grass,” Russell said with a chuckle. “It's just one of those things where you have to work through it and try and make due with what you've got.
“Unfortunately we wanted to get Austin some reps in our jayvee game earlier in the week and it kind of took a bad turn and he got injured,” Russell said. “With Aaron Mills already down with an injury, that leaves us without a quarterback this week.”
Russell said the lack of a quarterback would most likely mean two things – a quick game and a lot of rushing yards for whoever gets the football, but he said in all reality, the mode of operation wouldn't really change when it comes to his team.
“We're still going to try to get the football to our best athletes and let them try and make something happen in open space,” Russell said. “We're just going to have to add a few wrinkles in our game plan as far as getting the football to them.”
The Wildcats face a Clinton County team that when based on past seasons is on the rise. The Bulldogs had dropped 37 straight games coming into the 2013 season.
After losing their season opener, Clinton County reeled off three straight wins, but carry a two-game losing streak into this week's contest. Russell said he expects the Bulldogs to give his team a challenge, but hopes the preparation he and has staff have provided will pay off.
“This is a team that has struggled in the past and they're a lot like us in that fact,” Russell said. “They're trying to build a successful program and so are we, so I think they know where they want to go and how they want to get there.
“Our kids know it's not going to be an easy win just because we show up, so we're trying to get them ready and we'll see what happens from there,” he added. “Hopefully our kids will come ready to play and we can get another victory under our belt.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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