By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
While a lot of people may be looking ahead to a potential week-two rematch between Corbin (8-2) and Wayne County in the Class 3A playoffs, Redhounds head coach Steve Jewell isn’t one of them.
Jewell said he knows what kind of test is in front of his Redhounds as they hit the road to face Henry County (6-4) today and focusing on the Wildcats has been his top priority this week.
“We’ve really tried to focus on this week because we’ve got a very good Henry County team that is at home to deal with,” Jewell said. “I think being at home will give them a little extra advantage after we have a three-hour bus ride, so we have to be focused.
“As a coach, you hope your kids are focused on the team in front of you, even though we made getting back to Wayne County a goal of ours after the loss to them,” he added. “We know we have an obstacle in front of us in Henry County, so we have to take care of that first.”
If you go by the numbers, it’s no secret what the Wildcats will try to do offensively.
Of the 2,017 total yards gained this season, 1,764 of them have come on the ground. Mason Fish leads the charge with 827 yards and eight touchdowns on 92 carries (103 yards per game), followed by quarterback Austin Hartsell’s 484 yards and 11 touchdowns on 135 carries.
“Henry County is a big, strong, physical ball club,” Jewell said. “They’ve got some big strong running backs and they’ve got some lineman that block really well.
“I’m really impressed with how the whole team blocks and they have some really good tight ends as well,” he added. “Their backs run hard and they really try to take it right to you, so we’re going to be in for a very physical football game.”
The good news for Corbin is that they are back at 100 percent in practice this week, which means the return of Taylor Waddle in the backfield. Waddle’s return will help take some pressure of leading rusher Jake Coppock, who tallied 748 yards and 12 touchdowns through the team’s first nine games.
Jewell said the fact that everyone practiced this week is a big plus for his team and he expects all his players to be at the ready when the game gets underway tonight. Even with a full roster at his disposal though, he said the Redhounds will have to play their style of football when all is said and done.
“We’ve practiced everybody all week long and I feel like we’ve looked stronger as the week progressed,” Jewell said. “I feel like we’re the best that we have been in two or three weeks.
“We have to play our football though,” he added. “I feel like in both of our losses this year, we’ve let the other team dictate some things we’ve done, but we can’t do that if we want to win the game.”
Redhounds travel to Henry County to open postseason
By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
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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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