TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Phil Russell and his Lynn Camp Wildcats are putting together a special season so far, and they hope to continue their impressive play of late Friday in an important district road match-up with Berea.
After defeating Clinton County on the road Friday, 50-28, the Wildcats are at .500 for the first time this deep into the season since former coach David Mitchell guided Lynn Camp to a 4-2 mark in 2008.
"Things are going really well for us right now,” Russell said. “The kids are tired, but I believe they’ll begin to realize what they have done this week. We are playing pretty good football right now.”
Lynn Camp picked up its third win of the season by going on the road and rolling past Clinton County, 50-28, this past Friday. The 50 points is the most a Wildcat team has scored dating back to a 52-8 victory over Clinton County in 2008.
What was impressive about Lynn Camp’s 50-point output was neither starting quarterback Aaron Mills or backup Austin Maier played in the game — they were both out with injuries.
“That’s what made the win even bigger,” Russell admitted. “Our players wanted to know what our game plan was heading over to Clinton County, and I told them I didn’t know, and really didn’t. I thought we would take what they would give us.”
What Russell received was an outstanding performance by tailback Tommy Hatfield, who threw for 114 yards and ran for 97 yards on the ground, while accounting for four touchdowns.
“Tommy is a miracle,” Russell said. “He really is. He’s playing with a big brace and is going to have surgery after the season, and he has helped us out in a big way this season. Now we know he can play quarterback, too.”
All of this momentum Lynn Camp has built up could go for naught if they lose to Berea in the Wildcats’ first district game of the season Friday.
Russell’s squad came away with a 28-26 win over the Pirates last season.
“Coming into the season, we always set some goals, and our goal this season was to play for a district championship,” Russell said. “We can do that, I really believe we can, but we’ve got to beat Berea Friday. If we lose, then the chances of us playing for a district championship is slim.
“We want to have an opportunity to play for a district championship, and that would also mean, we would be hosting a home playoff game,” he added. “That’s another big thing. We want to be able to do that as well. We know what we need to do, we just need to go out there and do it now.”
Russell admitted he didn’t know if Mills would play against Berea, but thought Maier would more than likely be out due to the injury he suffered last week in a jayvee game.
“We’re about 50-50 on Aaron playing right now, but Austin is more than likely out,” he said. “We’ve got to be ready because Berea always plays us tough, and I’m sure it won’t be any tougher this time around.”