TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Chris Parsons / The Endzone Staff
Following Thursday's 60-0 win over McCreary Central, the attention of Steve Jewell and the Corbin Redhounds immediately turned to next week's game against Bell County.
While this week's game was basically a glorified practice session for Jewell's squad, there were some positives that came from the win. Jewell said it's those little things that can mean the difference in a win or loss as the season progresses.
“The biggest thing we got out of this game is hopefully a little bit of a mental edge,” Jewell said. “We got to rest some of our guys, which is always good when you're in the middle of the season.
“We didn't do any kind of running attack on the inside, we ran everything outside or passed the ball,” he added. “We really just wanted to get through the game with a win and a no injuries so we could start getting ready for Bell County.”
While the Redhounds will benefit from an extra day to prepare for Bell County, the Bobcats will have the benefit of an extra week to prepare for Corbin as their off week was this week.
With Wayne Mills’ squad sitting at 4-3 on the season, Jewell said even though a lot of people consider Bell County to be having a down year, all that talk can be thrown out the window when it comes game time between two teams with the same goal in mind.
“We feel like the Bell County game will determine that second seed in the playoffs, which means you get your first playoff game at home,” Jewell said. “I'm sure Bell County has the same thing on their mind, so it'll be two teams fighting for the same thing.”
As for the rivalry factor, Corbin hasn't done much to make it a rivalry over the past few seasons, dropping both games since the teams were realigned into the same district for the 2011 season. Going even further back in history, Bell County has won seven of the past 10 meetings between the two teams dating back to 1999 (they didn't play from 2007-10).
As far as this year's Bobcat team, Jewell admitted there really hasn't been anyone on their schedule to use as a comparison for what his players can expect.
“That's a tough question as far as who they are most like,” Jewell said. “Maybe Southwestern Pulaski when you talk about their running game.”
Despite a difference in the two team's records, Jewell said the fact of the matter is he and his squad have to go to one of the toughest places in the state to try and secure a win against a team that has been a thorn in the side of Redhound fans for the past few seasons.
“They are 4-3, which really isn't a bad record, and we're 6-1,” Jewell said. “Any time you lose a few games, people want to say you're having a bad year or whatever.
“The fact remains that we have to go over to Log Mountain and try to get a win in a tough place against a tough team,” he added. “We have some film on them, so we'll be hard at work this week trying to get our kids prepared for what we're up against.”