By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
The Campbellsville Eagles might not be sporting a record like they have in the past when they meet up each year against Williamsburg in the two teams’ annual district battle.
The Eagles are off to their worst start in recent memory at 0-6 while being outscored 228-63 during the process but Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron admitted they are a team you can’t overlook.
“They are better than their record indicates,” he said. “They are athletic, and they have made some moves here and there. They moved the (Zach) Durham kid from the quarterback position to a wide receiver and the new quarterback is very athletic. The moves make them a better team.
“They are a scary team,” he added. “By no means are we going to overlook them at all.”
In past years, the match-up between the Eagles and Yellow Jackets dictated who the district champion would be, but with Lynn Camp improved, it’s not a guarantee Campbellsville is the second best team in the district.
“Our main goal is to win as many district games as we can,” Herron said. “To us, this is the most important game we’ve played this season. It’s our first district game, and we want to get a win.
“You want to win the district so you can host a home playoff game, and that’s our goal,” he added. “Our kids are ready and our kids know what’s at stake. We’re not going to overlook them.”
Williamsburg is coming off its second bye in three weeks, allowing Herron’s squad to heal up some injuries they received while playing a tough early season slate.
“This came at the right time,” Herron said. “We were able to heal some injuries, and get some players eligible to play in the process. The more players we can get to help us is always a plus.
“I know our guys are chomping at the bit to play some football,” he added. “We just need to execute our offense and take what they give us.”
Herron said the key to his team winning is to play in space on offense.
“They’re going to be physical, so we’ve got to play in space,” he said. “The second thing we’ve got to do is handle their speed. By no means will this be a gimme game. It’s a long bus ride over there, but we’ll be ready.”
Williamsburg knows winless Campbellsville will be ready to play
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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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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