TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Les Dixon
For the Times-Tribune
MIDDLESBORO — The Lynn Camp Wildcats might have dropped their fourth game in a row by losing to Middlesboro Friday, 55-26, but coach Phil Russell saw a lot of positives that he believes can carry into his team’s first round playoff game against Hazard next week.
“The one thing I really liked was the fact we never gave up,” he said. “We played hard and I am very happy about that. I’m really proud of our guys. We really fought hard out there tonight.”
Entering the game, Russell admitted he needed to change some things up, and he did just that, by switching to an option-type offense.
The switch payed off with Lynn Camp scoring the most points since a 26-point output during an Oct. 11th loss to Berea.
“We decided to go with the option and it gave ourselves a better chance of moving the ball. We really did a good job of that," Russell said.
Russell added Aaron Mills, Trent Medlin and Keanu Nolan each scored a touchdown in the loss.
“This was a very good Middlesboro team that we played tonight,” Russell said. “We knew we had to make some changes on offense because teams had just been teeing off on us.
“I did see a lot of improvement tonight, though,” he added. “I thought we got a lot better tonight. It was a testament to their hard work during practice this past week. The kids haven’t given up. They continue to want to win and improve. Like I said, I am very happy with the way we fought tonight.”
Even with the improvements, Russell said his team needed to continue to get better with a first round road match-up against defending region champion Hazard Friday.
“We’ve got to clean a lot of things up,” he admitted. “We all know they are a very good team, and we’re going to have our hands full with them.
“We also know we’ve got to get better with a game against a team like Hazard,” Russell admitted. “I believe we will continue to improve. We showed a lot tonight. We hung in there and played a good game. We were able to score some points and we just kept playing hard. I was really pleased with our effort. We’re going to need to continue to play like that, especially this week against Hazard. They are a very good team.”