, Corbin, KY

October 4, 2012

South Laurel hoping to keep slim playoff hopes alive against Patriots

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — 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.”