By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Jerry Herron’s Williamsburg Yellow Jackets can make some school history Friday if they can get a win over district rival Lynn Camp.
If the Yellow Jackets get past Lynn Camp, it will mark the first time in the football program’s history of winning the district championship three years in a row, but first they must get past the Wildcats.
“The biggest thing is that we’ve got to focus on the task at hand,” Herron said. “It would be huge for our program if we could accomplish the feat, but it’s not going to be easy. But like I said, if we are lucky enough to be able to win our third district championship in a row, it would be nice.”
“Coach (Phil) Russell has done a great job with his team and he’s really got them rolling,” he added. “They are a dangerous team and we can’t overlook them.”
Russell’s squad is coming off a disappointing 48-6 loss to Campbellsville, but is looking to pull off the upset against Williamsburg this week — the Yellow Jackets have won the past six meetings between the two schools by an average of 18 points.
“The one thing you can do when these two teams meet is throw out the records,” Russell said. “This is pretty much a good rival game and our kids are confident coming into this and they know if they play well, they have a chance to win.
“The thing is, Williamsburg has a lot of athleticism,” he added. “They are young, fast and strong. They have Dalton Sizemore, Skyler Griffith and (Corey) Shelton that are very good and they are also playmakers. Our primary focus is to go over there and play hard and we’ve got to believe we can knock them off.”
Herron admitted his team needed to execute on offense to win and Williamsburg’s Sizemore, Griffith and Helton are three big reasons why they can do it.
Dalton leads the way with 2,150 passing yards and 27 touchdowns while Griffith has 46 catches for 863 yards and 10 touchdowns. Shelton has 42 catches for 759 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“That’s always the key for us,” he said. “We’ve always got to execute on offense and we’ve got to play better on defense, too. Last week we didn’t run to the football and we’ve got to do that this week.
“The one thing I see is that the kids at Lynn Camp believe in Coach Russell and that makes them a dangerous team,” Herron admitted. “They’ll do anything for him — run trick plays and they have been successful doing that.”
Russell said his team needed to get off to a good start or his Wildcats could be in trouble.
“If we don’t come out ready to play, we could be in some trouble,” he said. “I believe it’s going to be a good game and some of our athletes are just as good as theirs and anything can happen. But like I said, we can’t come out and not be ready to play. Coach Herron has a good program over there and they are a good team.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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