By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
Much like last week, the North Laurel Jaguars find themselves in what head coach Chris Larkey called a must-win situation against Southwestern.
The bad news is that last week the Jaguars came up short against Pulaski County as they had what Larkey called a mental letdown in the fourth quarter. The good news is that Larkey said he doesn’t believe that type of thing will happen to his team again.
“We talked to the kids and they really thought they had the game won,” Larkey said. “We told them the importance of fighting until the end in everything you do.
“In the end, this will end up being a valuable lesson not only in football, but in life,” he added. “You have to give 100 percent in everything you do or else you’re going to come up short most of the time.”
As they head into this week’s match-up against Southwestern, Larkey’s team is sitting at 4-3 on the season and 1-1 in district play. A loss would seriously damage the Jaguars hopes of a playoff spot, while a win will go a long way as far as confidence.
Much like North Laurel, the Warriors bring with them a strong running game with Logan Campisano leading the way with 791 yards and eight touchdowns on 138 carries for an average of 132 yards per game. Jordan Maggard and Austin Smiddy are also weapons Southwestern will look to occasionally. The pair combines for an average of 89 yards per game, close to 500 yards on the ground between the pair.
For North Laurel, the duo of Michael Nelson and Gabe Blair have handled the majority of the team’s workload on the ground. Nelson is averaging 129 yards per game with 876 yards and 15 touchdowns on 101 carries. Blair has tallied 690 yards and three touchdowns on 101 carries. Combined, Nelson and Blair have accounted for 75 percent of the team’s scoring.
“Both of those guys have done a good job running the football and we have to continue to do a good job if we want to win this week,” Larkey said. “A lot of the credit goes to our offensive line and really the whole team because the kids have done a good job of working together as a whole.
“At the same time, we have got to BE ready for Southwestern’s running game on defense,” Larkey said. “Instead of a dual threat like we have, they actually have a triple threat when it comes to running the football. If you stop one of them, one of the other two can sneak in and have a good game on you.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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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