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October 18, 2013

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CORBIN — Corbin at Bell County

Where: Log Mountain, BCHS

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Corbin 6-1, BC 4-3

The inside scoop: There’s a lot on the line this week as the Corbin Redhounds head to Log Mountain to face long-time rival, Bell County.

In addition to the fact the district’s No. 2 spot and a home playoff game is on the line, the Redhounds have struggled over the past 10 meeting with Bell County, going 3-7 dating back to 1999.

With that in mind, Steve Jewell’s Redhounds will be itching to get a win and try to continue the momentum they bring into the contest. Coming off a lopsided win over McCreary Central last week, Jewell said he felt like his team is ready for the Bobcats, but he also admitted that getting the win will not be an easy task.

“We’ve got to get our game plan down because it’s going to be a tough game,” Jewell said. “The kids know about the rivalry and they know about the history, but there’s a lot more to it.

“For all intents and purposes, this game is going to determine that No. 2 slot in the district, which means the winner gets to host a home playoff game,” he added. “This game also goes into the SEKC standings, which is one of the goals we have at the start of the season, so there’s a lot on the line this week.”

Times-Tribune Prediction: Corbin 21, Bell County 17

N. Laurel at Madison So.

Where: James Williams Stadium, MSHS

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: NL 6-1, Madison So. 6-1

The inside scoop: The North Laurel Jaguars are fielding one of their best teams in recent memory with a 6-1 record on the year along with along being the ninth-ranked team in Class 5A. The only problem the Jaguars face is being in the same district as two other top ten teams in the Pulaski County Maroons (2nd) and Madison Southern Eagles (7th), who North Laurel will take on this Friday.

Not only is Madison Southern one of the top teams in Kentucky, but they also feature one of the best players in the state in junior running back Damien Harris. Harris, who recently committed to play football at the University of Michigan, has rushed for 1,587 yards this year along with 24 touchdowns. While he’ll be the focus of the North Laurel defense this Friday, Chris Larkey admits no one can stop Harris, just hope to contain him.

“No one is going to be able to stop him. Not in high school, not in Kentucky anyways. He’s just that good. He’s going to get his yards,” Larkey said. “We have to make sure we can bottle him up and gang-tackle him. We have to wrap him up and make sure he doesn’t keep busting big plays on us.”

Times-Tribune Prediction: Madison Southern 35, North Laurel 21

Berea at Williamsburg

Where: Finley/Legion Field WHS

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Wburg 4-2, Berea 2-4

The inside scoop: The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets hope to move one step closer to capturing another district championship, but to do so, they must find a way to knock off up-start Berea at home Friday.

The Pirates (2-5 overall, 0-1 in district play) are coming off a 34-26 upset victory over Lynn Camp during Week Seven action, and they hope to accomplish the same feat against Williamsburg. Their only other win is a 47-14 victory over Bracken County.

But first, Berea will have to find a way to contain the offensive trio of the Yellow Jackets in quarterback Dalton Sizemore and receivers Corey Shelton and Skyler Griffith.

Sizemore passed for more than 200 yards during last week's 47-0 win over Campbellsville, while both Shelton and Griffith returned punts for 60-yard touchdowns.

“We're ready, but we know we're going to have our hands full,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said. “Berea had a big win last week, and they've got some momentum now. They're a team we can't take lightly.”

Times-Tribune Prediction: Williamsburg 49, Berea 7

Pulaski Co. at S. Laurel

Where: Gilliam Field at SLHS

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: PC 8-0, SL 2-5

The inside scoop: A year ago the South Laurel Cardinals finished with one of the worst records in Class 5A. This year, under the direction of new coach Matt Rhymer, the Cardinals look to finish out the season strong with a 2-5 record heading into week eight.

Standing in their way this week will be the second-ranked team in Class 5A in the Pulaski County Maroons. The Maroons feature one of the best offenses in the state and are coming off a win over the ninth-ranked Madison Southern Eagles. It won’t be an easy task for the Cardinals, but it is one they are looking forward to competing in.

“That’s what we’re going to prepare for – to compete,” Rhymer said. “I told my guys after practice today that if we can win one or two more of our games and finish the season 3-7 or 4-6, that will be much better than last season and says a lot about our team.”

Times-Tribune Prediction: Pulaski County 42, South Laurel 12

C’ville at Lynn Camp

Where: Mitchell Field at LCHS

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: C'ville 0-7, LC 3-4

The inside scoop: A win over Berea last week would have allowed Phil Russell's Lynn Camp Wildcats to control their own destiny in search of hosting their first playoff games since 2007.

But it wasn't meant to be, as Berea managed to pull off the mild upset and knock off the Wildcats, 34-26.

Granted, Lynn Camp was playing without the services of starting quarterback Aaron Mills and backup signal-caller Austin Maier, many still believed the Wildcats had enough in their tank to beat the Pirates. But they didn't, and now they're in must-win mode and will have to get some help to be able to play at home in the postseason.

“It was a very tough loss last week,” Russell said. “We just couldn't get anything going against them.

“I kept the speech with them short Friday night,” he added. “We are going to make some changes, but De'Andre Tate was a man among boys last week.”

Fortunately for Lynn Camp (3-4 overall, 0-1 against district competition) it will have a good chance of getting back on track with winless Campbellsville (0-7, 0-1) paying a visit to Mitchell Field Friday.

Times-Tribune Prediction: Lynn Camp 35, Campbellsville 21

Rockcastle Co. at KC

Where: Panthers Stadium at KCHS

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Rock 1-6, KC 5-2

The inside scoop: Scott Russell's Knox Central Panthers are looking to win their seventh game in a row against visiting district foe Rockcastle County Friday.

The Panthers (5-2 overall, 1-0 in district play) have dominated the Rockets during the past six years, while outscoring them the past two seasons, 87-28.

Knox Central cruised to an easy 47-14 win in 2012.

The last time the Rockets defeated the Panthers, Tom Larkey was the Rocket coach, as Rockcastle County picked up a 22-7 win.

Even though his team has had Rockcastle County's number dating back to 2007, Russell admitted his Panthers aren't overlooking the Rockets, who are 1-6 overall and 0-1 against district opposition.

“They are a dangerous team,” he said. “We know they're going to be ready to play. They were tied with Russell County last week at 13-13, but Russell County scored with 20 seconds left in the first half and eventually pulled away.

Times-Tribune Prediction: Knox Central 41, Rockcastle County 10

Harlan Co. at Whitley Co.

Where: Colonels Stadium at WCHS

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: HC 4-3, WC 0-7

The inside scoop: At the beginning of the 2013 season, the Whitley County Colonels were favored to finish runner-up in their district and have the best shot at knocking off defending district champs Harlan County. Fast forward seven games later and the Colonels have yet to win a game this year, while Harlan County is still the team to beat in Class 5A District 8.

This Friday could change all of that when Whitley County hosts the Black Bears in what many predict to be a lopsided victory, with the Colonels coming away with their eighth straight loss of the year.

Despite the unusual circumstances for Whitley County, Jim Black’s squad is determined to keep working hard. With just three games left in the regular season, the Colonels are taking things one game at a time, still fighting for that first win.

“At the beginning of the year, the Harlan County game was a big game for us, but considering the circumstances, now we’re taking it week by week,” Black said. “That is really the best approach we can take to any game.”

Times-Tribune Prediction: Harlan County 42, Whitley County 14

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