, Corbin, KY

Local Sports

November 7, 2013

Wildcats have tough test against Hazard

CORBIN — By Les Dixon For the Tines-Tribune

The Lynn Camp Wildcats are searching for their first playoff win since 2005, and they're going to be hard-pressed to end the seven-year drought Friday against defending region champion Hazard.

The Wildcats (3-7) will try to pull off the upset on the road against the Bulldogs during first round action of the Class A playoffs.

Phil Russell's squad enters the game riding a four-game losing skid while the same can't be said for Mark Dixon's Hazard team.

The Bulldogs (9-1) are currently winners of nine straight, which includes going 4-1 against regional teams this season. Their lone loss came against Pikeville during the first game of the season, losing to the Panthers in a shoot out, 62-50.

“They're the defending region champion and we know we've got our hands full,” Russell said. “We're excited to go up to Hazard and have the opportunity to play them. I've told our kids that every year in the playoffs a No. 4 seed beats a No. 1 seed, and we believe that can happen this week.”

But to do so, Lynn Camp must find a way to stop Hazard's high-scoring offensive attack. The Bulldogs are averaging 36.8 points per game and 475 yards on offense, while the Wildcats defense is allowing 37.8 points per game.

“We've got to continue to improve,” Russell said. “I saw some improvement last week against Middlesboro, but we need to continue to improve, especially on defense.”

Hazard is led by a strong running attack of Brandon Jones, and the arm of quarterback Tanner Moore. Moore has completed 113-of-167 pass attempts this season for 1,877 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Jones has been virtually unstoppable in the backfield. He's carried the ball 128 times for 1,638 yards and 16 touchdowns. Moore's main receiving threats are Christopher Hudson and Trey Higgins.

Hudson has 39 receptions for 795 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Higgins has 22 catches for 395 yards and three touchdowns.

“They've got a lot of weapons,” Russell said. “We've got to find a way to slow them down. They can put up a lot of points quick, and we can't allow them to do that.”

Russell said he's hoping his team can control the football with an impressive option-type offense he has been running lately. He's got the talent to do just that with players such as Aaron Mills, Keanu Nolan and Tommy Hatfield.

“For us to win, we've got to control the ball,” Russell admitted. “We can't turn the ball over and we can't make mistakes. We've got to stay away from penalties, too.

“We've got to find a way to slow them down,” he added. “Their quarterback is very good and they've also got a good running back, too.”


Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0730 TCSA FBALL for web.jpg Numbers Game

    The Tri-County Sports Authority youth football league, which usually fields in the neighborhood of 200 players, is about to get a little more crowded this season.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • THE WAY IT IS: Football is in the air in the Tri-County

    These cool summer days are reminding me of the cool football Friday nights of September and October, and with that said, these cooler temperatures have me in the mood of writing about things to come for our local football teams in the Tri-County.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0729 KNOX FBALL FOR WEB.tif Must-See Football

    It’s never too early to talk about what games will be the big ones for the Tri-County high school football fans to watch this upcoming season. I’ve tried to narrow my list down to 10 games, but honestly, it really wasn’t easy to do — but I did manage to do it.
    Let’s just say things should be very entertaining, and interesting, for you the fan this season.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 PHILPOT FOR WEB.jpg Corbin names Philpot head baseball coach

    With just a little over two weeks passed since Rob Ledington announced his resignation as head coach of the Corbin Redhounds’ baseball team, Corbin School officials announced their choice his replacement.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • So Far, So Good: North Laurel Coach Chris Larkey pleased with the way his team is looking

    By Les Dixon
    Staff Writer
    NORTH LAUREL — Chris Larkey’s North Laurel Jaguar football team is coming off one of its best seasons in program history with hopes of continuing its winning ways this fall.

    July 28, 2014

  • The Next Step: Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have high hopes of winning a state title

    By Chris Parsons
    Sports Editor
    WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets came one win away from bringing home the program’s first ever state championship last season, but a 42-0 loss to Mayfield meant a state title wasn’t in the cards.

    July 28, 2014

  • 0725 BARGER FOR WEB.jpg Ready to Reload

    Even though Knox Central head football coach Scottie Russell has seen the departure of two of the program’s best tailbacks due to graduation in the past two years, he isn’t concerned.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shelton was a hero by any definition

    The word hero is used a little too loosely for my taste these days.
    To be honest, it’s been used way too much for a long time and I’m just as guilty as the next guy.

    July 25, 2014

  • 0326 whs tennis.jpg Smashing Win

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0

    March 28, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
SEC Times-Tribune