By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
The Lynn Camp Wildcats have spent the week licking their wounds after a 48-16 loss to Powell County in the 2013 Pioneer Bowl at Knox Central High School that put the team at 0-1.
It looked like the two teams would trade scores from the early stages on, but the Wildcat offense couldn't keep up the pace as Phil Russell's team lost steam early.
Russell said after that loss he didn't feel like his team was in the kind of physical shape it needed to be in to face a team like Powell County.
The bad news for Russell and company is that things aren't getting any easier this week as the Wildcats face Campbell County, Tenn.
In the home opener at Lynn Camp's Mitchell Field, Russell said he knows what he's up against, but is hopeful the team will be better after the game whether the Wildcats win or lose.
“We had our first full practice today and we went back to some basic things,” Russell said. “We didn't block very well so we used that to show our kids the difference in things.
“There were several plays where if our kids blocked the guy they were supposed to block, the play would have been entirely different as far as the outcome,” he added. “They gashed us with that belly, but I still like our scheme even though we've made some changes.”
Russell said Campbell County is large school that travels well and that he compared it to a situation where a larger Division I school would travel to play a much smaller division team.
“It is what it is though,” Russell said. “They're going to come in here and expect to beat us up and make quick work of us.
“We're not afraid of them though because we're going to line up 11 players at a time and see what we can do,” he added. “We're going to come in here and play football as hard as we can and see what happens.”
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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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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