TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
The Corbin Redhounds find themselves facing a familiar foe this week as they welcome longtime rival Danville to Campbell Field.
The two teams face off for the fourth time in five years with Danville picking up wins in 2011 (43-15) and 2012 (28-21), while the Redhounds earned a 31-14 win back in 2009.
Despite the history between the two teams, Corbin head coach Steve Jewell said he and his staff aren't focusing too much on the history of rivalry, hoping this year's group of Redhounds will be able to make a name for itself when all is said and done.
“We're trying to keep some of the rivalries alive by scheduling games like this, but in the end the kids have to make their own way,” Jewell said. “There's a lot of history between these two teams, but we want our guys to make their own memories and have something to talk about themselves when they're done playing.
“We've been able to rekindle this rivalry after having not played for a while, but they've beaten us each of the past two years,” he added. “Hopefully our kids can get back on the right track against these guys and get back some of the momentum we've lost over the past two seasons to them.”
Jewell's squad is riding a three-game win streak after starting the 2013 season with victories over Southwestern, Perry Central and Trimble County.
A win Friday would give the Redhounds their best start since 2009 when the team won its first five contests before finishing the season with a 10-3 mark, but Jewell said coming away with a W isn't going to be easy by any stretch.
When asked what the first thing that comes to mind when talking about the Admirals, Jewell said one word — speed.
“Speed is the biggest thing,” Jewell said. “They've got several really quick guys and a freshman quarterback running the offense that is pretty fast as well.
“They have several guys out of the backfield that are very fast and their wide receivers are quick after the catch,” he added. “When you talk about that speed, we know they're probably going to try to get into open space so that they can try to get you in some one-on-one situations and maybe break away and make a big play on you.”
While Jewell expects the Admirals to utilize their quickness, Corbin has a few weapons on the offensive side of the football as well.
The Redhounds’ main threat so far this season has been junior running back Jake Coppock, who has tallied 298 yards (99 yards per game) and five of the team's 11 rushing touchdowns through the first three games. Taylor Waddle, who moved from quarterback to the backfield this season, is the team's second leading rusher with 102 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
The lone knock on Corbin this season has been the strength of their schedule, but Jewell said he doesn't feel like that kind of talk has affected his players at all. In fact, he said he thought all along that this team would be playing with a chip on its shoulder and he's hopeful that will remain as the season progresses.
“The big thing is something we've talked about all summer long in the fact that hopefully we're playing with kind of a chip on their shoulder,” Jewell said. “Hopefully they won't get too excited because I know there's a lot of chatter, especially around town and at home and everything about different things.
“The big thing is we're really just trying to keep our guys focused on winning one game at time,” he added. “Hopefully we can maintain that focus because if we don't, that's when somebody comes up and bites you because you may not be playing at your best for whatever reason. With that in mind, we want to keep playing at our best no matter who we're playing against.”