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September 13, 2013

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CORBIN — Danville at Corbin

Where: Campbell Field

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: D’ville 1-2, Corbin 3-0

The inside scoop: The Corbin Redhounds find themselves facing a familiar foe today 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.”

Fear 'Les' Prediction: Corbin 28, Danville 7

No. Laurel at Leslie Co.

Where: Eagles Stadium

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: NL 3-0, LC 2-1

The inside scoop: The Jaguars are off to their best start (3-0) since 2009, and a win over the Eagles would allow them to get off to their best start in the program’s history, which has only been accomplished once when former coach Greg Duncum guided North Laurel to a 4-0 start in 2001.

“The big thing for us is that we’ve gotten better each week,” North Laurel coach Chris Larkey said. “This bunch is having fun and we’re doing things to get better. We know we have another tough game coming up. Leslie County is 2-1, and we know they’re going to be tough to beat at their place, but we are playing good.

“I know I sound like I’m not happy after a game, but after watching the film, I can see we are improving,” he added. “Our run game has improved, our defense has improved and our kicking has, too. Our kicking game is making us that much better.”

Fear 'Les' Prediction: North Laurel 34, Leslie County 14

K. Central at Harlan Co.

Where: David Memorial Stadium, HCHS

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: KC 3-0, HC 2-1

The inside scoop: The Panthers will enter the game with an unbeaten 3-0 record, and they also came away with a win against the Black Bears last season.

Larkey’s squad got some revenge in an SEKC pre-season scrimmage about a month ago when the Black Bears handed the Panthers a 36-7 loss, but Knox Central coach Scott Russell believes things could be different in today’s contest.

“I feel like we are a much-improved team than when we faced them in the scrimmage,” he said. “We had a lot of players out with injuries and we’ll be healthy this time around.

Fear 'Les' Prediction: Harlan County 35, Knox Central 14

So. Laurel at Clay Co.

Where: Tiger Field, Clay Co. High School

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: SL 1-1, Clay Co. 0-3

The inside scoop: The South Laurel Cardinals may not have righted the ship completely yet, but Matt Rhymer’s squad put itself in the win column last week with a 19-8 victory over Rockcastle County at home.

The win came thanks to a pair of early touchdowns through the air by the Cardinals, as well as a 55-yard score by Taylor Morris.

Today the Cardinals travel to face a Clay County team that sits at 0-3 on the season and is coming off a 33-6 loss to rival North Laurel.

Rhymer said he was excited to get his first win as a head coach and said he feels a lot better going into preparation for the next opponent with a win under his team’s belt. Rhymer was quick to give credit to his team, but cautioned that the win was only one game in the grand scheme of things.

“I was excited, but I was more excited for the kids,” Rhymer said. “I think they deserved the win because they have worked so hard toward this.

“We know that every win we can get is going to be huge in the process of getting the program where we want it to be,” he added. “They’ve (the team) been kind of grounded because we have a 24-hour policy where we can celebrate for 24 hours and then we have to get ready for our next opponent.”

Fear 'Les' Prediction: Clay County 14, South Laurel 7

Harlan at Lynn Camp

Where: Mitchell Field, LCHS

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Harlan 10-2, LC 1-2

The inside scoop: When Phil Russell took over as the head coach of the Lynn Camp Wildcats, he inherited a program that was winless the year before he arrived. After a 3-7 record and first round playoff loss last year, Russell feels his team is ready to turn the corner and become a viable region competitor.

Their first region test will come today when the Wildcats take on the Harlan Green Dragons, a team that beat them a combined 106-31 in 2012. The teams have already faced once this year in a preseason scrimmage in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Gridorama. Harlan won the scrimmage 20-6, but Russell’s squad has come a long way since mid-August.

“I’m excited about this one. What everyone is looking at is Harlan has beaten us the past few years and people think they’re going to beat us again,” said Russell. “But, as you saw Friday, if we show up and we’re clicking on all cylinders, we can make things happen. I feel like it’s going to be even on both sides and the game is going to be won in the fourth quarter.”

Fear 'Les' Prediction: Harlan 35, Lynn Camp 12

Rock at Whitley Co.

Where: Colonel Stadium, WCHS

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: RC 0-3, WC-03

The inside scoop: Just when Whitley County Colonel fans thought they were about to see a light at the end of the tunnel this season, things took a turn for the worse for Jim Black's squad — again.

A pair of season opening losses, coupled with the loss of the team's top returning ball carrier from a year ago in Zack Mills, seemed to be holding the team back as it tried to gain some steam this season.

If that wasn't bad enough, Mills' replacement in the backfield, Austin Hooper, went down with a broken ankle during last week's loss to Bell County and will miss the remainder of his senior season.

As he gets set to face Rockcastle County today, Black admitted that in all his years of coaching high school football that he's never been faced with the kind of injury problems he's already facing just three weeks into the season.

While this week's game against the Rockets may be just what the doctor ordered for the Colonels, Black said he isn't buying in to that for a second.

“I don't really feel good about anything right now the way things have went for us,” Black said. “This is the kind of situation I've never been in as a coach.

“Don't get me wrong, I feel really good about how the kids played and I think if we don't lose (Austin) Hooper, we probably win that game against Bell County,” he added. “We didn't execute though in the second half, which is a big concern for me, as well as the injuries that we've faced.”

Fear 'Les' Prediction: Whitley County 28, Rockcastle County 14

Wayne Co. at W’burg

Where: Rose-Stanfill Stadium, WHS

Date: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: WC 3-0, W’burg 2-1

The inside scoop: An air raid show will be on display today at Williamsburg’s Rose-Stanfill Stadium when Class 3A power Wayne County will pay a visit.

The game will be headlined by Williamsburg quarterback Dalton Sizemore and Wayne County quarterback Tyler Guffey — two of the best signal-callers in the state.

Sizemore has passed for 865 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for more than 200 yards on the ground along with six touchdowns.

Guffey has been just as good — throwing for 761 yards and nine touchdowns while running for 190 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.

“These two are so similar in so many ways,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said. “Both quarterbacks can both throw the ball well and run with the ball, and both teams can run the ball as well.

“Like I said, we’re both very similar, except they may have a few more numbers and a little bit bigger,” he added. “It should be a good game.”

Fear 'Les' Prediction: Wayne County 35, Williamsburg 27