By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
The 2013 Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic's nightcap between the Corbin Redhounds and Perry County Central Commodores pits a pair of teams against each other that are off to similar starts to the 2013 season.
Not only are the two teams coming off season-opening wins, but they each turned in defensive shutouts after holding their opponent scoreless in Week Zero. The Commodores blanked Clay County 21-0, while Corbin earned a 14-0 win over Southwestern in the Ray Correll Bowl at Somerset High School.
The shutout was the first in 29 games for Corbin, dating back to Oct. 15, 2010 when the Redhounds beat Leslie County 49-0. Perry Central's streak goes back even further to Oct. 9, 2009, when the Commodores beat Clay County, 14-0.
After the win over Southwestern, Corbin coach Steve Jewell said he will gladly take the win, but admitted there are plenty of areas to improve upon, especially if his team wants to reach the goals it has set for the season.
“A win is a win early in the season and a lot of coaches will take it either way, whether it's by just a point,” Jewell said. “You watch film and our coaches are always looking for things to improve on and there's plenty because nobody is perfect.
“Hopefully we can get in and work on some things we really need to work on to get to the point that we want to reach at the end of the season,” he added.
As for the Commodores’ win last week, Jewell said Perry Central has the ability to take a team out of its game plan after looking at the game- tape.
“Perry Central did a good job of limiting what Clay County could do offensively and they have a good offensive set,” Jewell said. “They have a couple running backs that they'll interchange in the backfield, one of which is really fast and is a lot like the kid we faced at Southwestern and the other one is a load to bring down.
“They also have a quarterback that runs the ball extremely well and he throws the ball very well to his left because he's a lefty,” he added. “They're a complete package and it seems like they prefer to run the ball and they'll spread you out too, but we'll have to stop their running attack first.”
As for Corbin's offense, Jake Coppock had the play of the game with a 79-yard touchdown run, but that doesn't mean he'll be the star every week. The Redhounds have a plethora of speed in the backfield in kids like Coppock, Taylor Waddle, Tanner Powers and Brian Nantz who could break free at any time.
Jewell said a lot of the success of his team's running game will depend on how well the offensive line plays together.
“We want our offense to be an aggressive offense and most really good teams do that,” Jewell said. “We've got to get guys some room to roam on the offensive line and give them a chance to get out there and run.”
The biggest difference in last week's game was the Redhounds' ability to protect the football combined with limiting what Jewell called “get-you-beat” penalties.
“Last year we had some things where turnovers were our Achilles’ Heel and they cost us a few chances to win games and we did a good job against Southwestern in winning that battle,” Jewell said. “If we can limit turnovers and keep the number of silly penalties down I think we'll be in good shape to be in the ball game.”
Kick off for Friday's game is schedule for 8:45 p.m.