By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Football is a hard sport to figure out sometimes.
Just when it seems a team is on top of the world, a loss can take away confidence and momentum that had been building up the entire season. Try adding two losses in a row after starting 8-0 while heading into the Class 4A playoffs — that’s what Knox Central is trying to avoid Friday on the road against Madison Central.
“We need to go into the playoffs on a high note, not with a two-game losing streak,” Panther coach Scottie Russell said. “Last week was a tough loss for us, but the kids are in good spirits and they know our mistakes cost us last week’s game. Hopefully we can get back on track and who knows, we might see Russell County again down the road.”
But first things first, Russell knows his team has a hard job ahead of them in playing Madison Central.
The Indians are 6-3 on the season with wins over Boone County, Mercer County, Dunbar, Henry Clay, Tates Creek and George Rogers Clark.
“Hey, we know we’ve got our hands full in this game,” Russell said. “I tell you what, they are very good.”
Madison Central is led by tailback Dominique Hawkins, who has close to 1,000 yards rushing on the season and quarterback Hunter Stocker, who can hurt a team with his running and throwing abilities. The Indians also possess talented wide out Ken Jah Bosley, who had 39 receptions for 759 yards and nine touchdowns after seven games of action.
“Their quarterback, tailback and wide receiver is very good,” Russell said. “They’ve got good team speed and we’ve got to find a way to slow them down.”
Russell said his team also needed to get off to a good start. He credited last week’s lost to getting off to a slow start and turnovers.
“We struggled doing that last week and we don’t need that to happen again this week,” he said. “I think we’re ready, but we also know we’ve got to slow them down to win this game.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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