Bell County at Corbin Oct. 18
Where: Campbell Field
Date: Friday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Team Records: Bell Co. 6-1, Corbin 3-4
The inside scoop: If old school, smash-mouth football is what you crave this week, Corbin’s Campbell Field is without a doubt the place to be Friday.
The Corbin Redhounds will host Bell County this week in what some football fans see as one of the best rivalry games in southeast Kentucky. The fact that the game has district implications on the line makes the game all the more important for both teams.
“I’m sure this is just as much a big pride thing for them as it is for us, so it’s big both ways,” Corbin coach Steve Jewell said. “We want to get on the winning track against a good team, but going against Bell County makes it more special for the kids.
“We feel like we squandered some scoring opportunities against Wayne County in a district contest that was another big ball game,” he added. “This is just a chance for the kids to get to feeling positive about themselves and we feel like a win could be a springboard toward the playoffs.”
While the Redhounds are 3-4 (1-1 in district play) and on the verge of evening their record on the season, Bell County comes in with a 6-1 (2-0) mark with their only loss coming at the hands of Lexington Catholic in the season opener.
The Bobcats have averaged 32 points per game on the season, twice this season putting up 50 points against Casey County and Middlesboro. Last week, Wayne Mills’ squad held what was thought to be a tough Clay County team scoreless in a 39-0 victory.
Corbin is coming off a 64-6 pounding of McCreary Central last week in a game that was played on a Thursday to help both schools get a jump-start on Fall Break. Despite the big win, Jewell said his team wasn’t about to get over confident due to the high point total.
“We were able to score a lot of points, but it was business as usual,” Jewell said. “Bell County is a much better team.”
As for what he expects out of the Bobcats when it comes to a game plan, Jewell said this year’s team is a typical Bell County team in the fact that not a lot has changed with what they will do on the football field.
“Bell County is pretty vanilla in what they’ll try to do, but they do it well,” Jewell said. “They basically line up and say ‘here we are, here’s what we’re going to do, can you stop us’.”