By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
George Rogers Clark ran for 354 yards against Corbin’s defense during last season’s 39-29 win over the Redhounds, and most of the damage was done by tailback Pokey Harris, who accumulated 286 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.
The Redhounds won’t have to worry about Harris during Friday’s game, who graduated last season and Corbin coach Steve Jewell is the first to admit he’s happy to see Harris graduate.
“We don’t have to worry about Pokey left, Pokey right this Friday,” he laughed. “He did a lot of damage last year, but they still return a very good team.
“Their quarterback really makes things happen and they also have two nice backs, too, Jewell added. “They still have a lot of team speed and good size. They are a good all-around team, so we’ve got our work cut out for us.”
The Cardinals will also have a new face on the sideline coaching, as Steven Collins replaced Paul Columbia during the offseason.
“They still do a lot of things they’ve done in the past,” Jewell said. “They just don't have the one back they go to all of the time. They have a really nice fullback that keeps you honest, too.”
The Redhounds come into the game without their leading rusher (Brady Foley) and leading passer (Ty Cobb) from a year ago, but they do return weapons.
Receiver Josh Jewell returns to the mix and had a career game last season against George Rogers Clark by catching 17 balls for 167 yards along with Matt Jewell and Tanner Powers in the backfield along with quarterback Taylor Waddle.
“We’ve had a good practice and nice film session and we’ll be ready to play,” Jewell said. “We just need to go out there and make the other team earn it. We want to have a good start to the season in front of the home crowd and we’re hoping we have a big crowd Friday, so we can feed off it.
“The key for us is to not beat ourselves,” he added. “We have got to protect the ball. We’ve got to cut down on our turnovers and mistakes. We are in a unique situation that we have six home games this season and we need to take advantage of the situation.”
Jewell wants Redhounds to cut down on turnovers
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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