By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
Coming off last week’s overtime loss to Pulaski County last week, the South Laurel Cardinals’ chances of making the playoffs aren’t dead, but they are on life support.
Head coach Larry Welch said this week’s game is as much a must as there has ever been for his team.
“It’s not too late to save something out of this season, but the clock is ticking,” Welch said. “If we want to make something positive happen this season, we have got to come away with a win this week.
“This is a pretty tough team we’re going up against, but I think we have a shot at a win,” Welch said. “We have to be able to limit what they can do on offense and try to get in the rhythm we got into last week.”
Lincoln County comes into the game with a 3-4 record with wins over Casey County, Washington County and Garrard County. The Patriots have losses to Danville, Wayne County, Pulaski County and Madison Southern.
Offensively, Lincoln County is averaging 24 points per game, while giving up 31 ppg on the defensive side.
South Laurel’s numbers in that department are similar as the Cardinals have allowed 35 ppg while scoring 23 ppg on offense.
Welch said he knows what to expect out of the Patriots offense, but being able to stop what they do offensively is another story.
“They like to run the ball and they have a good offensive line that will get a good push,” Welch said. “They play a real physical style of football, so you have to maintain your assignments.
“These guys really like to run downhill and move the ball,” he added. “They’ve had some games where they’ve been in the game until the end like us and lost, so we’re pretty similar in the type of season we’ve had.”
As for his offense, Welch said he felt like his team played well last week despite the loss. He said he’s hopeful they can pick up where they left off.
“I feel like our kids finally got things clicking last week late in the game and we played pretty good once they did that,” Welch said. “If we can carry some of that momentum into this week’s game, I like our chances of coming away with a win.
“It’s really a matter of having to get a win because we’re at the point now that if we lose we’re out,” Welch added. “Like I said before, the clock is ticking, but there’s still time to make something out of this season.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
- Local Sports
Patriots complete road to Rome with 34-27 overtime win
The University of the Cumberlands (UC) football team came into their NAIA FCS Semifinal round matchup against Carroll College looking for a first in school history.
Bell County knocks off Corbin, 83-82, in CFIT Championship
Saturday's championship game of the Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament was perhaps a postseason preview of things to come as two of the 13th Region's top girls teams met for the first time this season at Gilliam Gymnasium.
Williamsburg’s hopes of the school’s first-ever state title were washed away quickly Friday as Mayfield scored touchdowns on its first three plays, building a 35-0 first-quarter lead.
Corbin wins, South Laurel falls in Big Red Shootout
In the first game of the Big Red Shootout at Clay County High School, the Corbin Redhounds defeated the Letcher Central Cougars 66-50. Corbin found themselves down two points at halftime, but was able to pull away for a big lead in the third quarter.
Friday night's opening game of the Cumberland Falls Invitational featured two 50th District teams, both looking for their first wins of the tournament.
The Corbin Lady Redhounds returned to action in their second round match of the Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament. Corbin entered the contest riding off an 86-point, hard-fought scoring effort in Wednesday's victory over Harlan.
There was really no question North Laurel would make short work of young Riverside Christian. The Jaguars picked up an 82-25 win Thursday with a running clock starting late in the first half.
Lady Cards fall to Bell County, 64-40
When you sport a very young team, you can expect some growing pains early in the season. South Laurel is a very young team, but for 2 1/2 quarters they stayed right with heavily favored Bell County in the Cumberland Falls Invitational Thursday night.
On the Carpet
It's not been easy, but Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are one game away from capturing the football program's first-ever Class A state championship.
Leading the way
A little over 24 hours separates the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets from a showdown with the Mayfield Cardinals for the 2013 Class A State Championship, but it’s taken a lot longer for the program itself to reach this point.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Patriots complete road to Rome with 34-27 overtime win