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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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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