By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
The Whitley County Colonels will be looking to get back on the winning track this week as they travel to Letcher County Central for a district showdown.
The Colonels’ 40-13 loss to Harlan County last week snapped a four-game win streak that had started with a win over Clay County on Sept. 14. Whitley County head coach Jim Black said the loss hit Colonel players hard confidence-wise.
“The kids were pretty depressed after the loss, but I think they realized they weren’t ready to play,” Black said. “I take full blame for that as the coach.”
The good news for the Colonels is that Black said the exact opposite is true about his squad heading into this week's game.
“I feel like the past four weeks we didn’t really improve and that goes back to coaching,” Black added. “We had a real good week of practice and I think the kids made a lot of progress as far as improving.
“I think our kids know that you have to show up ready to play and you have to execute in those big-game situations,” he added. “I don’t think they were ready for such an atmosphere like we saw at Harlan County.”
One thing the Colonels have been able to do is score points. They averaged 36 points per game over the span of their recent four-game win streak, while allowing just 14 points per game.
“We’ve got to keep the ball moving,” Black said. “That’s something we’ve been able to do all year and we have to continue to do so.
“I think our kids take pride in our running game, so that’s a big factor,” he added. “Hopefully we can move the ball Friday and get them back in the swing of things.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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