By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
It might be Corbin’s first district game of the season, but it’s also the most important. Upstart Wayne County pays Campbell Field a visit Friday with a lot at stake in district positioning.
The Cardinals enter Friday’s contest with a 5-1 record, but they are 0-1 in district play after falling to defending district champion Bell County last week, 21-7.
A loss for Wayne County would almost lock up the No. 3 seed for the Cardinals, signifying a road playoff game in first round action of the Class 3A playoffs.
A win for Corbin would put the Redhounds one step closer to a home district game and a district championship while a loss would put them in a must-win situation to keep home playoff hopes alive in a couple of weeks against Bell County.
“This is a huge game for us,” Corbin coach Steve Jewell said. “There is no doubt about it. It’s our first district game of the season and you want to be able to get off to a good start in district play.
“This game is all about positioning,” he added. “You want as many home playoff games as you can get and with the way the playoffs are set up this season, the more you win during the playoffs, the more chance you get to stay at home, so this is huge.”
The Redhounds are coming off a bye week that allowed the players to heal any injuries they had suffered during the season’s first five games. Corbin’s record stands at 2-3 on the season and all three of their losses have been by seven points.
“The bye was huge for everyone,” Jewell said. “The kids got to be kids a bit and they had some healing time for their injuries. Hopefully it will pay off this week.”
Jewell admitted Wayne County isn’t going to be a pushover and his Corbin squad needed to be ready for a physical game.
“They are a good team,” he said. “They played Bell County tough and gave them a heck of a ballgame. They turned the ball over four times in the first quarter, but still played them close.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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