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November 4, 2013

Taking a closer look at the first round playoff games

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CORBIN — Class 5A playoffs

North Laurel at Perry Central

The Jaguars enter the playoffs searching for the program's first-ever playoff win. That's right, first-ever, but with that said, I like North Laurel's chances.

The Jaguars have a top-notch running attack, led by the program's all-time leading rusher, Gabe Blair. Jake McFadden has put up impressive numbers running the ball, but the key to North Laurel's success could rely on the health of quarterback Michael Nelson.

Nelson is a playmaker, when healthy, that can take over games. But just how healthy will he be?

That's the big question.

Perry Central is a hard team to read. The Commodores have been hot and cold this season. They've put together a win streak of three games, but have also dropped three games in a row. Coach Justin Haddix and defensive coordinator Dave Mitchell will have their team ready.

This is a team that has beaten teams such as Whitley County with ease, but has also lost to teams such as Letcher Central.

Look for North Laurel to pull out a high-scoring, but close, win.

Whitley County at Pulaski County

For the second straight week, the Colonels will be going against an unbeaten team. Pulaski County has put together its best season in program history while Whitley County enters the game with only one win.

Are the Colonels heavy underdogs?

Um, yes, but I do believe they can hang with Pulaski County for a while. The Maroons just have too many offensive weapons, though.

From quarterback Riley Hall, who has thrown for 2,107 yards and 23 TDs while running for 646 yards and five scores, to tailbacks Caleb Cox and Aaron Smith, Pulaski County is just plain loaded.

Heck, I almost left out receivers Jake Johnson and George Gregory, who have combined for 93 catches, 1,470 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Maroons will move on with an easy win.

 

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