By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
While the drive to Wayne County is a long one for Corbin fans, it may be well worth it if Friday’s game between a pair of district rivals plays out the way the statistics say it will.
Both Corbin (5-0) and Wayne County (6-0) bring unbeaten records into the game, which means both teams have a chance at an undefeated regular season and the district title.
Before any of that can be decided though, Corbin head coach Steve Jewell said his team is focusing on the only thing it can control at this point — this week’s game against the Cardinals.
“There’s still some things we’ve got to do if we want to play for a district title and this week’s game against Wayne County is the first of those,” Jewell said. “We’ll still have to go to Log Mountain and play Bell County, but we’re really just focused on this week’s game.
“Before we can get ahead of ourselves the kids know what’s at stake here and they’re excited about the test in front of them,” he added. “This is the best team we’ve faced so far this season, so our team is ready to come out and try to prove themselves against a team of this caliber.”
Both teams boast high-powered offenses, with the Cardinals averaging 40 points per game through the first six contests of the season, while Corbin scores an average of 42 points per game.
Wayne County is led in both rushing and passing by quarterback Tyler Guffey. Through the first six games Guffey has racked up 374 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, while completing 78-of-128 pass attempts for 1,514 yards and 14 touchdowns. In case you’re counting, that means Guffey is responsible for 25 of Wayne County’s 30 touchdowns on offense.
The Redhounds come in just a shade better when it comes to scoring, tallying 42 ppg, but are more run-oriented.
Jake Coppock leads the way on the ground for the Redhounds with 435 yards and eight touchdowns, while Taylor Waddle has ran for 270 yards and five touchdowns.
Corbin has been able to spread the wealth offensively with eight different players recording touchdowns on the ground.
Defensively the two teams have held teams to next to nothing when it comes to scoring. Wayne County has given up just 12 ppg, while Corbin has been even stingier at 4.2 ppg. The Cardinals have the edge in defensive turnovers with 14, compared to Corbin’s 10.
With Wayne County’s offensive numbers in mind, Jewell said he and his staff are focused on getting their players to understand the task in front of them as far as slowing the Cardinals’ defense down.
“We know we can’t really stop their quarterback (Guffey), so we’re trying to focus on limiting what we allow him to do,” Jewell said. “This is a really good team and they can be explosive on offense, so our defense know it will have to be ready to play.”
Kickoff for Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Wayne County’s Jewell Field.
Corbin, Wayne both will enter Friday’s game with unbeaten records
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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