By Les Dixon / For the Times-Tribune
BELL COUNTY — With a home playoff game on the line, the Corbin Redhounds came up short with Bell County managing to pull off a 7-0 win in a Class 3A, District 4 defensive battle.
Both teams struggled to put anything together on offense for almost the entire game until Corbin went for it on fourth down with less than two minutes remaining, but the gamble backfired. Bell County made the defensive stop, and eventually scored thanks to a one-yard dive into the end zone by quarterback Peyton Collett with :16 remaining in the game.
The loss dropped Corbin to 6-2 on the season, but more importantly 1-2 in district play while Bell County improved to 5-3 overall and 2-1 against district competition.
The seven-point win marks the sixth straight time the Bobcats have defeated Steve Jewell's squad. Corbin's last win against Bell County was on Sept. 19, 2003.
Both teams struggled to get anything going on offense in the first half. Corbin had the ball on offense four times during the first two quarters, but never threatened to score. Bell County turned the ball over with a fumble on its first possession before driving deep into Redhound territory twice, but came up empty handed, leaving the game scoreless at halftime.
After finding out they'd be without the services of Taylor Waddle in the second half due to an ankle injury, the Redhounds had a miscue to open the third quarter, as a fumble on the kick-off was recovered by Bell County at the Corbin 32-yard line.
But once again, the Redhound defense stepped up when needed, and took over on downs after a Bell County pass fell incomplete on fourth down.
Corbin responded by driving down to the Bobcat 25-yard line, thanks to a Corey Taylor to A.J. Moore pass reception that kept the drive alive. The Redhounds advanced to the Bobcat 17-yard line, but a bad snap on a third-and-two situation resulted in a 21-yard loss and a Corbin punt, and both teams remained scoreless going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Bell County drove down to the Redhound 43-yard line and was going to go for it on a fourth and three situation, but a penalty forced the Bobcats to punt the ball and Corbin took over on its own 16-yard line with 9:23 left in the fourth quarter. Wayne Mills' squad made a defensive stop and his team took over on its own 36-yard line at the 7:57 mark.
The Redhound defense did its job again on the ensuing Bell County offensive possession, and Corbin took over on its own 21-yard line with 5:24 remaining in regulation.
Bell County made a big defensive stop with less than two minutes remaining on the Redhounds' next offensive possession and received the ball in Corbin territory.
The Bobcats took advantage of the Redhounds' failure to get a first down, as Peyton Collett hooked up with Hayden Gilbert with a 35-yard pass reception that allowed Bell County to move down to the Corbin one-yard line.
Collett scored two plays later to give the Bobcats a 7-0 edge with :16 remaining in the game, which also wrapped up the game for Bell County.
The Redhounds will be back in action in Week Nine at home against Casey County while Bell County travels to face-off against winless McCreary Central.
Bell County records sixth straight win over Corbin
By Les Dixon / For the Times-Tribune
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