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November 4, 2013

Taking a closer look at the first round playoff games


CORBIN — Lynn Camp at Hazard

Things look promising for Phil Russell's Lynn Camp Wildcats after they evened their record at 3-3 on the season, but four straight losses later and a No. 4 seed in their respective district has landed his team a first round date with defending region champion Hazard.

Lynn Camp is going to have its hands full against the Bulldogs, who seem to be peaking at the right time. They are winners of six straight with their only losses coming against Pikeville (62-50) and Fairview (30-27).

Hazard is led by quarterback Tanner Morgan, who has thrown for close to 2,000 yards this season and more than 20 touchdowns. Morgan's main receiving targets are Chris Hudson, Trey Higgins, Jacob Blanton and Jason Johnson.

Oh yeah, I can't leave out tailback Brandon Jones, who has run for more than 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

Look for the Wildcats' season to end against Hazard.

Class 3A playoffs

Corbin at Henry County

The Redhounds might be on the road, but don't be surprised to see them moving on against Henry County. Corbin has put together some momentum since its 7-0 heartbreaking loss to Henry County, and look for Steve Jewell's squad to find a way to contain the Wildcats' run game.

Henry County is primarily a running team, and is led by Mason Fish who has rushed for close to 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns and teammate Austin Hartsell. If Corbin can contain those two, the Redhounds will win.

The Wildcats had only thrown 64 pass attempts and completed only 17 heading into their Week 10 contest. The 64 pass attempts also included 10 interceptions, so stopping their run game is a must.

Look for Jewell's squad to win going away, while setting up another match-up with district foe Wayne County in the process.

Class 4A Playoffs

Mercer County at Knox Central

This isn't going to be an easy first round game for the Knox Central Panthers. Scott Russell's squad is limping into the playoffs, riding a two-game losing skid after losses to both Russell County and Corbin.

Things don't get any easier against a Mercer County team that has played a very tough schedule. The Titans started the season 3-0 before losing to quality teams in Central Hardin, Anderson County and Lexington Catholic. Their only other loss was a 14-0 defeat to undefeated Boyle County.

Mercer County has five different players who have rushed for at least 100 yards this season, and the Panthers' Achilles' heel this season has been stopping the run.

The Titans are dangerous throwing and running the ball with Chris Crawley Goodman and Kohe Ford leading their rushing attack. Crawley-Goodman is also a threat throwing the ball while Layne Peavier is his main receiving target.

This could be one of the better games in the Tri-County Friday. Look for the Titans to pull out the win.

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