By Les Dixon / The Endzone Staff
PERRY CENTRAL — The Whitley County Colonels were hoping to turn things around during their first district game of the season, but didn’t have an answer for Perry Central’s offense.
The Commodores scored early and often, defeating the Colonels, 67-22, as Whitley County fell to 0-7 overall and 0-1 against district opposition.
Perry Central (4-3) scored on all 10 of its possessions, as its 67-point output being the most it has scored this season. The 67 points allowed is the most a Whitley County team has given up dating back to Lawrence County’s 68-point output against the colonels on Nov. 5, 1999.
“We just got to get better,” Whitley County coach Jim Black said. “We had a good game plan. We’ll just get back at it — get back to work.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” he added. “We’ve got Harlan (County) coming in.”
Justin Haddux’s squad didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard, putting together a six-play, 50-yard drive to take an early 6-0 lead. Tyler Fugate broke loose with an eight-yard run with 9:36 remaining in the first quarter to give his team the edge.
Whitley County answered, though.
Luke Woods’ 15-yard touchdown run capped off an eight-play, 59-yard drive, giving the Colonels a 7-6 lead with 6:20 remaining in the first quarter.
The offensive fireworks continued on Perry Central’s ensuing possession with quarterback Nathan Pray scoring from14 yards out with 3:42 remaining in the opening quarter, as the Commodores reclaimed a 12-7 lead.
After stopping Whitley County on a fourth and one situation, Perry Central scored on its third consecutive offensive possession, as Pray hooked up with Fugate for a 44-yard touchdown strike, increasing the Commodores’ lead to 20-7 at the 1:12 mark of the first quarter.
Another Colonel turnover led to another Perry Central touchdown. The Commodores continued to dominate on offense, as Pray and John Toomer connected for a 30-yard touchdown, giving their team a commanding 26-7 lead with 7:07 remaining in the second quarter.
Haddux’s Commodores added another 30-yard touchdown, its fifth straight, while finding themselves leading Whitley County, 33-7, with 5:03 remaining in the first half.
The Colonels got back on track on their next offensive drive with Woods scoring from one yard out while adding the two-point conversion, cutting Whitley County’s deficit to 33-15 with 2:38 remaining in the second quarter.
Just when it seemed as if Whitley County had gained some momentum, Perry Central’s offensive attack scored once again. Pray ran one in from 10 yards out, giving his team a commanding, 39-15, lead. Fugate added a two-yard touchdown run right before the first half, as Perry Central entered the locker room with a 46-15 advantage.
The Commodores started where they left off in the third quarter, as Pray caught a touchdown pass, increasing his team’s lead to 53-15 at the 9:15 mark.
Both continued to score during the game’s final 20 minutes, but the damage was done early, as Perry Central cruised to the win.
Whitley surrenders most points since 1999 loss to Lawrence County
By Les Dixon / The Endzone Staff
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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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