By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Week One of high school football is in the books and now it’s time to take a seat and look at what we learned this past week.
Player of the Week — There are a lot of deserving players this week, but I’m going with Williamsburg wide receiver Corey Shelton, who had seven receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns during Williamsburg’s 36-0 win over Harlan this past Friday.
Biggest surprise — I was surprised to see Lexington Christian Academy come to Campbell Field and knock off Corbin in the 18th Annual Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic. The loss is a tough one for the Redhounds with teams such as Tates Creek, Danville and South Laurel on their schedule during the next three weeks.
Making a statement — For the second straight week, the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets make this subject. Williamsburg is now 2-0 after defeating Harlan in an easy 36-0 win. Many expected a game, but in return, got a blowout win from the Yellow Jackets.
Tough loss — The Lynn Camp Wildcats entered this past Saturday’s game against South Laurel with a lot of confidence and momentum and they left with a 49-point loss. Things don’t get any easier this week at home against Madison Southern.
Big win — This week it’s going to the North Laurel Jaguars. Granted, Campbellsville isn’t the same Campbellsville teams we’re used to from the past, the Jaguars still picked up a 40-7 against the Eagles win to improve to 2-0 on the season. North Laurel has the talent to put together a special season this year.
Toughest loss — Corbin’s loss to L.C.A. is a setback for the Redhounds, who looked like they were in prime position to begin the season with a 2-0 record. Now the Redhounds have back-to-back road games against Tates Creek and Danville.
Back on track — South Laurel desperately needed a win against Lynn Camp to avoid an 0-2 start and the Cardinals got just that — a 55-6 win over the Wildcats. Many expected Larry Welch’s squad to do some special things this season and they have the talent to do so.
Big game this week — North Laurel at Wayne County — The Jaguars are looking to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2009, but it’s not going to be easy. The Cardinals are 2-0 on the season and have outscored their opponents 106-14 during the process.
Tri-County Rankings for Aug. 27 - Aug. 31 — We’ve got a little shake up in the rankings with Williamsburg overtaking Knox Central for the top spot while the Panthers drop to No. 2. Chris Larkey’s North Laurel Jaguars move to the No. 3 spot while Corbin falls to No. 4. Whitley County is the No. 5 ranked team with South Laurel (No. 6) and Lynn Camp (No. 7) rounding out this week’s rankings.
They said it — “Coach (J.B.) Donahue always has his team ready to play, and it was like an old-time street fight out there and we were fortunate enough to come away with the win. We just need to continue to execute on both sides of the ball.” — Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron on his team’s 36-0 win over Harlan.
“When you play good teams, and Russell (County) is a very good team, you’ve got to make plays. We did make some plays, but we were in the hole when we made them.” — Whitley County coach Jim Black after his team dropped a 49-20 decision to Russell County.
“Our kids love to run the football and that’s what we do best. We practice that all of the time.If you’re going to throw the ball, you’ve got to practice it all of the time and if you’re going to run the ball you’ve got to practice it all of the time and that’s what we’re best at — running the ball.” — North Laurel coach Chris Larkey on his team’s 200-yard plus rushing game against Campbellsville.
“We feel like we can run the ball. That’s a big part of our offense — to be able to run the ball because if all you do is pass they cock their cannons and rush you, but with the run mixed in their it kept them off-balanced.” — South Laurel coach Larry Welch after his team’s 55-6 win over Lynn Camp.
“We knew South Laurel was very capable of running the ball well and they showed that. South Laurel’s is a well-coached team and they took it to us. They had a great game plan against us and pressured us on both sides of the ball the entire game. We had trouble stopping the run and they exposed that.” — Lynn Camp coach Phil Russell after his team’s 55-6 loss to South Laurel.
“This Karns bunch is a good football team and they came out and surprised us by throwing the football around. I told the kids that they’re out here playing just like us, we just have to go back out there and want it more.” — Knox Central coach Scottie Russell on his team’s 14-7 win over Karns, Tenn.
“We just didn’t capitalize in the second half. We had the ball inside the 15-yard line three times and we were unable to punch it in. I felt like some of the kids kept plugging and some of them didn’t fight as hard as they did last week.” — Corbin coach Steve Jewell after seeing his team fall to Lexington Christian Academy, 21-14.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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I took advantage of my boss’ offer to stay in Corbin and man the fort as opposed to another trip to Harlan County Friday night. But don’t think I’m just sitting around with the day off. There’s always something to do here in the world of Tri-County sports and Friday was no exception.
Like it or Not
With my second day of 13th Region action out of the way (I didn’t travel Monday), I’ve decided that the road that takes you to Harlan, the Kingdom Come Parkway, was aptly named.
The Way it Is
Now we are down to only four teams remaining in the 13th Region Boys Tournament, so I decided it’s time to cut down our list of frontrunners for this year’s Times-Tribune Tri-County Player of the Year.
Like it or Not
While interviewing long-time Whitley County Lady Colonels head coach Larry Anderson for a game preview of his showdown with Clay County, Larry and I had an interesting conversation about several things.
Like it or Not
To some people in Southestern Kentucky, postseason high school basketball, more particularly the 13th Region Tournament, is way more exciting than Christmas morning and with good reason I suppose.
the Way it Is
If you’re a high school basketball fan this has got to be the greatest time of the year for you. It’s not quite March yet, but I’m sure everyone has March Madness.
The postseason is going to be very entertaining
Before I begin rambling a bit, I’m sure you are wondering where the heck are the stories and pictures from Friday’s boys and girls basketball action?
Richard Jones and Lady Wildcats came oh, so close
A lot of things have happened during the past week, so with that said, I’m not going to waste any of your time and get right to my rambling.
The Border Bowl is all grown up
There’s no prouder feeling in the world than when you watch your child do something that you had hoped was possible.
13th Region Notebook
Clay County’s Marty Bowling might be one of the most underrated players in the 13th Region at the present time, but if he continues to put up numbers like he has been, he won’t be for long — Bowling is the real deal.
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