By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
LEXINGTON — The Corbin Middle School seventh grade football team came into Sunday's state championship game against Bowling Green expecting a battle.
That's exactly what the Redhounds got for two quarters before eventually pulling away for the 28-6 win in the state finals.
Head coach Wendell Foley said before the game that any mistakes at all would cost either team and fortunately enough for him and his team, very few were made in the contest.
“Our kids did what we've done all year long,” Foley said. “We've won 15 football games this season by just going out and taking control of the game and that's what we did today.
“Our kids did a good job of executing and they made plays for us,” he added. “Bowling Green is a really nice team, but we kind of owed them one from 2008, so it was good to get the win.”
After both teams went scoreless for the first seven minutes, Corbin took the lead late in the second quarter and never looked back.
Corbin’s Devyn Sams put his team on the scoreboard when he found the end zone from 11 yards out, staking the Redhounds to a 6-0 lead at halftime.
The Redhounds wasted no time adding to the lead in the third quarter when Cameron Maguet broke free for a 50-yard touchdown run with 5:25 to play in the period. Corbin stretched the lead to 14-0 after Chase Estep caught a pass from Noah Taylor to complete the two-point conversion.
Maguet led the Redhounds with 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries in the game.
Corbin took advantage of good field position after a botched punt attempt by the Purples, scoring on just three plays (four-yard touchdown run by Maguet) to extend the lead to 22-0 with 1:16 to play in the third quarter.
The lead grew after Corbin caught the Purples off guard and successfully executed an onside kick at midfield. Grant Gibson scored from one yard out to cap the 49-yard drive, stretching the gap to 28-0 with 4:53 to play in the contest
Bowling Green managed to get on the scoreboard when Miles Smith caught a 13-yard touchdown pass, trimming the gap to 28-6.
Corbin ran the clock out after they recovered the Purples' onside kick attempt, giving Foley his third state title as a coach.
“There are 70-year-old men coaching that have never had the opportunity to even coach in one of these games,” Foley said. “This my third time winning it as a coach, so I consider myself extremely blessed.
“All of the credit goes to the players and coaches I've been surrounded by, because they're what makes these wins possible,” he added.
CMS seventh grade team captures state championship
By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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