By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
The Whitley County Colonels are rolling heading into their district match-up at home against Perry Central, but coach Jim Black cautioned his team can’t overlook the Commodores.
“We’ve got a tough game in front of us,” he said. “We got a big win last week, but now we have to get ready for a team that is pretty darn good.”
Perry Central started the season slow, losing its first three games, but the Commodores have been stout the past three games, averaging 47 points per game during wins over Lawrence County (50-49), Sheldon Clark (51-45) and Rockcastle County (40-24).
“They are scoring a ton of points,” Black said. “I’m sitting here watching them on film and I’m not sure how you can stop them. They are a very good team and they’re playing well right now.”
Perry Central is averaging more than 400 yards on offense and the Commodores are tough to stop on the ground and through the air.
Quarterback Austin Pray is a double-threat and leads Perry Central with 747 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns while Kegan Robinson has 494 yards on the ground and two scores.
Pray has also completed 52-of-94 pass attempts for 1,101 yards and 11 touchdowns. His main targets are Nathan Pray (19 receptions, 486 yards and three touchdowns), Tyler Fugate (13 receptions, 241 yards and four touchdowns) and Darryl Beatty (10 receptions, 241 yards and four touchdowns).
“They have great athletes,” Black said. “They have a lot of weapons and they’re going to be hard to stop. The kids know what’s at stake.
“We know we need to win this game to get off to a good start in district play,” he added. “If you lose one district game you’re going to be behind the eight ball. Everyone’s goal is to win the district title, so you don’t want to lose and district game.”
Perry Central will also bring a familiar face to Colonel Stadium when former coach David Mitchell pays a visit as the Commodores’ defensive coordinator.
“He knows what we do and how to stop it, so it’s going to be interesting,” Black said. “We’ve been friends for years and I wouldn’t expect it to be any other way — it’s going to be a tough game.
“I like where we are at,” he added. “We still have areas where we need to improve. At times we have showed brilliance and at times we haven’t, but the kids have played hard the entire season. I haven’t had a problem at all with that.”
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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