TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Chris Parsons / The Endzone Staff
BOYLE COUNTY — The Whitley County Colonels dug a hole they couldn’t get out of Friday against Boyle County.
Jim Black’s squad gave up 22 points in the first 1:22 against Boyle County en route to the 46-14 loss, sending the Colonels to 1-9 on the season.
After returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Boyle County took advantage of a pair of fumbles by the Colonels to grab the early 22-0 lead.
The good news for the Colonels is after giving up 46 points in the first half they didn’t quit as they held Boyle County scoreless in the second half, eventually trimming the gap to 46-14.
Black said while he was as surprised as anyone with the way the game started and the early deficit, he was pleased with the way his team responded when challenged at halftime
“They’re (Boyle County) a great football team and any time you spot a team like them 22 points, you’re in trouble — and we were,” Black said. “The kids were in shock and I was too, but they weren’t competing early on, so that’s what happens.
“Before we even bat an eyelash, we were in a hole and our kids didn’t know how to react, but like I said, they responded later on,” he added.
The night wasn’t a complete wash for the Colonels as Luke Woods racked up 114 yards on eight carries, while Zack Mills added 31 yards on six carries.
Boyle County came in as one of two undefeated teams (Johnson Central) in class 4A as the Rebels completed a perfect regular season run, improving to 10-0 with the win.
Whitley County has been at the opposite end of the spectrum this season, having dropped its first eight games before knocking off Letcher County Central last week (44-20) at home.
Things won’t get any easier for the Colonels next week as Black and company travel to Pulaski County where they’ll face an unbeaten team for the second straight week in the opening round of the playoffs.
Black said he’s hopeful that the fact his team responded well in the second half will help as the Colonels prepare for next week’s game against Pulaski County.
“I asked our kids if they were going to act like losers and told them if they were going to act that way, then they are one,” Black said. “I told the guys that if they don’t act like a loser then no matter what happens on the field, they’re not losers.
“The kids picked that up really well and I was real happy with the way they responded, so we’ll see what happens from here,” he added.