By John Stepp For The Times Tribune
After starting the season 2-1, the South Laurel Cardinals have lost six-straight games heading into their final matchup this Friday against the Leslie County Eagles. Aside from their record, Coach Matt Rhymer believes his team has had a successful season in 2013 and looks to build on it for the future.
After taking over a program that compiled a record of 1-9 last season, Rhymer has led his team to big wins over Rockcastle County and Clay County. With a win this Friday, the Cardinals will prove they are on the right track under their new coach.
“Ever since we played our worst game of the season three weeks ago against Southwestern Pulaski, we challenged these kids and they have really responded,” said Rhymer. “Our attitudes have been great and they’ve been working hard. We couldn’t ask for much more from them.”
A win this Friday would not only be a great finish to this season, but will help carry momentum into the offseason. With most of their players returning in 2014, Rhymer expects his team to be much better and poised to make more of a push for the playoffs.
“We were the worst team in Class 5A last year. Most people didn’t expect us to win a game this season and we could possibly win three,” said Rhymer. “A win this week would be huge. It would be great for this seniors and it would be a great way to get ready for the offseason. Everyone would remember that we ended the season with a win.”
The Eagles are in a similar position. They have only won three games this season, but, unlike the Cardinals, will make the playoffs because they are in a four-seed district.
“Their coach tells me they are a young team like us. They’ve been in some tight games this year and won a few games,” said Rhymer. “They’ve been running the ball more lately and doing a better job at that. It’s a game I think we can win, but we have to do the things we’re coached to do and play good football.”
South Laurel has featured a triple option attack all season that has featured seniors Jacob Hale and Austin Rickett, along with junior quarterback Jon Jenkins. Hale and Rickett are part of the senior group who’ll be sent off in their last game as a Cardinal, and they’re looking to do it with a win.
“The seniors have been big for us this year. We’re a young team and return the majority of our players, but our seniors have been a big part of what we do,” said Rhymer. “Our kids have been so upbeat and really worked hard these past few weeks. We want to go over there and get the win and finish this season off the right way.”
By John Stepp For The Times Tribune
- Local Sports
It’s never too early to talk about what games will be the big ones for the Tri-County high school football fans to watch this upcoming season. I’ve tried to narrow my list down to 10 games, but honestly, it really wasn’t easy to do — but I did manage to do it.
Let’s just say things should be very entertaining, and interesting, for you the fan this season.
Corbin names Philpot head baseball coach
With just a little over two weeks passed since Rob Ledington announced his resignation as head coach of the Corbin Redhounds’ baseball team, Corbin School officials announced their choice his replacement.
So Far, So Good: North Laurel Coach Chris Larkey pleased with the way his team is looking
By Les Dixon
NORTH LAUREL — Chris Larkey’s North Laurel Jaguar football team is coming off one of its best seasons in program history with hopes of continuing its winning ways this fall.
The Next Step: Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have high hopes of winning a state title
By Chris Parsons
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets came one win away from bringing home the program’s first ever state championship last season, but a 42-0 loss to Mayfield meant a state title wasn’t in the cards.
Ready to Reload
Even though Knox Central head football coach Scottie Russell has seen the departure of two of the program’s best tailbacks due to graduation in the past two years, he isn’t concerned.
Shelton was a hero by any definition
The word hero is used a little too loosely for my taste these days.
To be honest, it’s been used way too much for a long time and I’m just as guilty as the next guy.
Out With A Bang
Corbin’s Chris and Hannah Hart ended their Redhound softball careers together, but the duo went out with a bang, each representing Corbin on the Kentucky All Star squad in a three-game series against the Tennessee All Stars.
Express finishes fourth in USSSA World Series
The Kentucky Express participated in the USSSA World Seriers against teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and New York.
- Smashing Win
- Whitley County knocks off B'ville, 7-0
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Must-See Football