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November 4, 2013

Taking a closer look at the first round playoff games

CORBIN — — Les Dixon

The ole saying "Time flies when you're having fun" runs true for the 2013 prep football season in the Tri-County. It just seems like yesterday the season began, but 11 weeks of regular season football is now over and that means postseason play is here.

Yep, at the beginning of the season I thought we would have at least six playoff teams representing the Tri-County, and I was correct.

Corbin, Knox Central, Lynn Camp, North Laurel, Whitley County and Williamsburg each earned a playoff spot this season while South Laurel, for the second straight season, is the lone Tri-County team not participating in the playoffs.

With that said, things should be interesting beginning Friday.

If our respective teams continue to win during the playoffs, we could see a lot of interesting match-ups down the road - a possible Corbin vs. Wayne County could take place along with a potential Williamsburg vs. Hazard rematch in the Class A Region title game, and if North Laurel can win the program's first-ever playoff game Friday, the Jaguars could very well meet up with rival Pulaski County again.

But enough looking ahead, let's take an inside look at who and what our local teams are up against during first round action of postseason.

Class A playoffs

Jenkins at Williamsburg

These two teams have played each other the past two seasons during first round action of the Class A playoffs with the Yellow Jackets dominating on both sides of the ball during both games.

Williamsburg won with ease in 2011, handing Jenkins a 40-0 loss while cruising to another easy win in 2012, beating the Cavaliers, 60-6.

Things shouldn't be any different this time around.

Williamsburg is on a roll, winners of five straight, while Jenkins has lost nine straight since opening the season with a 36-34 win over Phelps. Yep, the Cavaliers are riding a nine-game losing skid and has been shut out twice heading into Week 10 action while only scoring eight points during their last four games.

This is an easy one for me to pick, look for Williamsburg to move on to second round action.

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