By Les Dixon / For the Endzone
LYNN CAMP — Phil Russell’s Lynn Camp Wildcats entered Friday’s game against Campbellsville with hopes of keeping a chance to host a playoff game alive, but they were quickly dashed as the Eagles handed the Wildcats a 40-0 loss.
The Eagles entered the game winless at 0-7, but took advantage of four first half turnovers while building a 28-0 lead and they never looked back.
“It was a tough loss for us,” Russell said. “We knew they were going to be pretty quick and pretty strong coming into the game. I’ll say this — they were a very good 0-7 team. They were quick as can be, and they really jumped out on us early.
“We wanted to open the game by exploiting their weaknesses,” he added. “But they just took advantage of our interceptions and steam-rolled us early — we didn’t have an answer.”
Russell said one of his concerns is his team’s inability to find an identity after eight games.
“It is what it is,” he said. “This team hasn’t found an identity yet after starting the season 3-5 and we need to find one. We’re going to continue to work hard and get better at practice.
“I am proud of the guys, though,” Russell added. “They never gave up and they never quit. You know against Berea, I thought they played not to lose, but tonight I thought we played hard. We really gave a good effort out there.”
Unless Lynn Camp can pull off the upset win at home against defending district champion Williamsburg in Week Nine, the Wildcats will be hitting the road as a four seed in three weeks.
“More than likely we will be playing against Hazard,” Russell said. “But we are going to continue to practice hard and we are going to continue to get better. We’ve got a game coming up against Williamsburg and it’s going to be a tough one.
“But you know, we are going to continue to be positive because every year a No. 1 seed beats a No. 4 seed in the playoffs,” he added. “We just need to continue to get better. Like I said, our kids didn’t quit and I’m telling you good things are ahead for us in the future.”
The Wildcats will try to snap a two-game losing skid that saw them drop to 3-5 on the season along with seven-game losing streak against Williamsburg, who hasn’t lost to Lynn Camp dating back to the 2005 season.