By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
SOUTH LAUREL — Matt Rhymer’s debut as the South Laurel Cardinal head coach was spoiled thanks to the big-play offense of Class 3A power Wayne County, which torched the South Laurel defense for touchdown scores of 90, 30, 70, 51 and 23 yards during its 36-8 win during Monday’s Cumberland Valley Bowl XIII.
Wayne County (2-0) racked up 344 total yards on offense, as Cumberland Valley Bowl XIII Offensive MVP Tyler Guffey threw for 320 yards and five touchdowns in the win.
“You take away the big plays — I saw some good things,” Rhymer said. “I thought they were getting tired some there, too. I knew this was going to be a process. Just to finish a game and act right and do it with pride, class and character.
“I’m proud of the team, and I’m proud of the coaches,” he added. “I hate losing. We’re not going to continue to lose and we’re going to fix ourselves in this process and win football games I can assure that. I’m glad I’m here and I’m excited about the kids.”
The Cardinals held their own early against Wayne County, until big plays on offense, combined with South Laurel’s struggles on offense led to a 28-0 deficit for Rhymer’s squad.
The Cardinals managed only 20 yards of total offense in the first half while being limited to -1 yards rushing on 22 carries.
“It’s going to take a long time to learn how to play smash mouth football,” Rhymer said. “This place has been so far from that. We’ve not played. This is our first game.
“We’ll make a lot of corrections and we’ll go at it again Friday,” he added. “We’re going to run the same plays. I’ve won championships running these plays. It is what it is — great teams win running the football. We’re going to work on our play-action some, but we’ve got to learn how to run the football and that’s all I’m worried about. I’m worried about how to run block and things like that. We just got to fix ourselves.”
Rhymer’s squad managed to get things going on offense in the second half, and scored its lone touchdown with 7.1 seconds remaining in the game.
Wayne County outgained South Laurel in total yardage, 344-122.
South Laurel will be back in action at home Friday against Rockcastle County.
“We’re going to get back to work tomorrow and get ready for Rockcastle,” Rhymer said.
Wayne County’s Tyler Guffey has big day against South Laurel defense
By Les Dixon / 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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