By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are hoping to cap off regular season play Friday with a win and if they do so, it will be the first time since 2008 they finished the regular season with a 9-1 record.
But to do so, they must get past Oliver Springs, Tenn. on the road.
Oliver Springs will enter the game with a 4-5 mark with hopes of ending the Yellow Jackets’ four-game win streak.
“They are a pretty solid team,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said. “They’ve won all of the games they were supposed to and they’ve lost all of the games they were supposed to.”
Friday’s game will mark the third time this season Williamsburg has traveled to play in Tennessee. The Yellow Jackets handed Jellico, Tenn. a 68-8 loss on Aug. 17, but lost to Oneida, Tenn. on Sept. 14.
They also lost their last meeting against Oliver Springs last season at home, 41-22.
“Last year Oliver Springs took it to us,” Herron admitted. “The biggest thing for us is to play well. We just need to come out and execute.”
Williamsburg is led by quarterback Dalton Sizemore, who has completed 145-of-243 pass attempts for 2,251 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also leads the team with 385 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
His main targets are Skyler Griffith, who has 47 receptions for 900 yards and 11 touchdowns and Corey Shelton, who has 44 catches for 804 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Herron expects Oliver Springs to blitz, and expects his team to do a good job blocking and executing Friday.
“They’re going to blitz us,” he said. “We want to come through with a win and we also want to make sure we get out of this game healthy because the playoffs begin next week. On defense, we’ve got to be ready, too. They’re going to run the ball downhill and they’re going to run some misdirection, so we gotta play our gaps and play our positions well. If we do those things, I like our chances.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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It’s hard to imagine anybody as big as Corbin head coach Jason McDaniel having any trouble filling shoes.
Here we go again
It'll be a matchup between two of the most historic programs in the 13th Region tonight when the Clay County Tigers defend their 13th Region title against the Corbin Redhounds.
The Way It Is
We’re not even through with the 2013-14 season yet, but it’s never too early to talk about next season. Since we’ve crowned a 13th Region champion on the girls’ side of things, let take a glimpse of what might be for the 2014-15 campaign.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
Well, here we are, Corbin vs. Clay County for the right to see who will represent the 13th Region next week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
For the seventh time in the last 10 seasons, the Corbin Redhounds are headed to the 13th Region finals, after their 56-48 win over the Bell County Bobcats in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Like It or Not
I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column. With that said, here goes.
Williamsburg sees Cinderella run come to an end
For the third straight year, the Clay County Tigers are playing for the 13th Region Championship and the opportunity to play in the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena, after their 79-58 victory over the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
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Clay County, Bell County fall in semifinal round
Both Corbin and Harlan had to withstand battles during the 13th Region semifinals, but when all was said and done, they both won, punching tickets into the finals of the 13th Region Girls Tournament title game.
Pick Up Game
Six straight 50th District titles and a 10-game winning streak were not enough to place the Corbin Redhounds as the favorite heading into their matchup with the Jackson County Generals in the first round of the 13th Region Tournament.
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