By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Both North and South Laurel football teams took a step back in district play Thursday.
Chris Larkey’s Jaguars led 14-0 and 21-7 against Pulaski County before losing to the Maroons, 28-21.
Larry Welch’s Cardinals lost a heartbreaker, too. South Laurel led throughout the game and scored a touchdown with less than :30 in regulation to force overtime.
The Cardinals scored first and took a 41-34 lead, but it was shortlived, as the Warriors added a score and converted the two-point conversion to win, 42-41.
“We just let it slip away,” Welch said. “It’s real disappointing.”
Welch said he told his players before the two-point conversion to watch out for the quarterback to tight end pass play, but Southwestern still managed to find paydirt.
“I told them, told them and told them, but evidently they didn’t hear what I said,” he said. “I figured they would run the play and surely we would cover the tight end, but we didn’t.”
The loss dropped South Laurel to 0-2 in district play while the Warriors evened their record at 1-1.
Larkey’s Jaguars had a chance to move into the district’s driver’s seat, but surrendered 21 unanswered points to fall to 1-1 in district play while Pulaski County improved to 2-0.
“The momentum changed on us (in the third quarter). Our defense played good enough for us to win, but we bogged down on offense,” said Larkey. “Pulaski has a good football team, but we shot ourselves in the foot — not being able to run the football in the second half.”
By Les Dixon / 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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