By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
CORBIN — The Corbin Redhound eighth grade football team will be in action today in second round action of the state middle school playoffs after defeating New Harlan earlier in the week during first round play, 33-6.
The Redhounds (10-1) will host Pike County Central today at 4 p.m. with hopes of advancing on into the playoffs.
Corbin took control of the game early against New Harlan after falling behind 6-0.
The Redhounds scored 33 unanswered points, as Jaxon Stewart scored on a touchdown run while Drew Carter scored from 36-yards out to give their team a 12-6 lead going into halftime.
Tucker Jewell’s 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter increased his team’s lead to 18-6 while a Stewart to A.J. Moore two-point conversion pass gave Corbin a 20-6 edge.
The Redhounds put the game away with two more scores in the third quarter, as Carter and Stewart each scored on touchdown runs while Alec Gambrel added a PAT to give Corbin a convincing 27-point victory.
“Really pleased with our defense tonight,” Corbin coach Brent Jackson said. “I thought adjustments made by our defense was the difference in the game"
Jeff (Barnett defensive coordinator) does a great job making adjustments and it paid off tonight.
“It took us a quarter to establish our run game tonight but eventually we took control of the offensive line the way we expect our kids to,” he added. “Harlan County brought it tonight as we expected, they are always a tough, physical opponent. I thought our kids responded and played very physical against a good team.”
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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