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November 4, 2013

Playoff time

With regular season finished, teams hope to make postseason noise

CORBIN — By Les Dixon

For the Times-Tribune

It seems like it started just yesterday, but with that said, the high school football regular season is over, and once again, the Tri-County will be well-represented with Corbin, Knox Central, Lynn Camp, North Laurel, Whitley County and Williamsburg each making their respective class' playoffs. For the second straight season, the South Laurel Cardinals won't be participating in post-season play, but Matt Rhymer has done a fantastic job with the Cardinals, and they'll be back in the playoffs before you know it.

There were a lot of positives that came out of the 2013 regular season, and now it's time for our respective teams to continue to make noise in the playoffs.

Can they?

I believe they will.

Player of the Week

Gabe Blair, North Laurel

I'm starting to think we might as well hand Blair the Player of the Year award already. He's now won three of the last four Player of the Week awards, and he captured it again this week, and deservedly so.

Blair ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns during North Laurel's 35-0 win over Grant County, and he also made some history in the process by breaking former Jaguar Brian Durham's single-season rushing record of 1,604 yards. Blair now has 1,643 yards heading into the playoffs.

Dominating defense

One of the big reasons the Corbin Redhounds are 8-2 on the season is because of a top-notch defense. The Redhounds recorded their fourth shutout of the season during their 27-0 blanking of Knox Central, and is only allowing 7.6 points per game.

That's right, 7.6 points a game. That's a pretty impressive number.

Want to see something else just as impressive? Corbin has held eight of its 10 opponents it faced this season to under 10 points. Wayne County (35 points) and Casey County (13 points) are the only teams that have scored in double digits against the Redhounds.

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