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September 7, 2012

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CORBIN — Whitley Co. at Bell Co.

Where: Log Mountain

Date: Friday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Whit. Co. 1-1, Bell Co. 2-1

The inside scoop: Things don’t get any easier this week for Jim Black’s Whitley County Colonels.

Whitley County is coming off an impressive 28-0 blanking of Rockcastle County, but now the Colonels face the task of trying to find a way to beat Bell County today on Log Mountain. The Bobcats enter with a 2-1 record while garnering a No. 3 ranking in Class 3A while claiming wins over both Bryan Station (32-31) and Middlesboro (50-6) and their only loss coming to Lexington Catholic (21-7).

“It doesn’t get any easier for us,” Black said. “Bell County is a very good team and they do what they always do — they like to run the ball. It’s the same ole Bell County and we’ve got to be ready.”

Last season the Bobcats picked up a 33-10 win over Whitley County and Black hopes things are different this time around.

“I’m hoping so,” he said. “I do know we’re better than we were last year at this point of the season and we did get a monkey off our back by winning last week, so hopefully things are going in the right direction.”

Gat. Pittman K. Central

Where: Knox Central High School

Date: Friday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: G. Pitt 1-1, K. Cent. 3-0

The inside scoop:  Things are going as expected for the Knox Central Panther football team. The Panthers are coming off a huge 39-29 win over Johnson Central, which is paying dividends, as Knox Central has moved two spots up to No. 7 in the Class 4A Prep Poll.

But coach Scottie Russell cautioned his team will have its work cut out for them today at home against Gatlinburg-Pittman, Tenn.

The Panthers are 3-0 on the season and are looking to go 4-0 for the first time in school history, but to do so, they must find a way to get past a Highlander squad that can’t be taken lightly, according to Russell.

“They are a very good football team,” Russell said. “They have some very good skill players and we’ve got to be able to contain them. We won’t be overlooking them, I can tell you that.

“We’re looking at film right now and going over the mistakes we made against Johnson Central,” he added.

Corbin at Danville

Where: Danville High School

Date: Friday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Corbin 1-2, D’ville 2-1

The inside scoop: The Corbin Redhounds are looking to put an end to a two-game losing skid, but to do so, they’ll have to find a way to knock off one of the state’s top teams in Danville.

The Admirals (2-1) are coming off an impressive 28-21 win over Boyle County that saw tailback Jawan Grey wrap-up the victory over the Rebels thanks to a 74-yard touchdown run with 1:04 remaining in regulation.

Grey’s 115 rushing yards led Danville, as the Admirals finished the game with 242 rushing yards.

“Danville is a very good team and they have a lot of skilled athletes,” Corbin coach Steve Jewell said. “They have four, five or six kids that have lots of speed and one side of their line is huge, averaging around 280 pounds.

“They’re going to line up and run at you and they’re going to try to use their speed and go to the outside,” he added.

Clay Co. at So. Laurel

Where: Gilliam Field

Date: Friday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Clay Co. 2-1, S. Laurel 1-2

The inside scoop: The South Laurel Cardinals will be looking for a win against Clay County this week, but head coach Larry Welch said the match-up will be a tough one for his team.

“This is a good team with some good kids in the backfield,” Welch said. “They are the kind of team that will run the ball downhill on you and if a team is good at that, they’re tough to stop.”

The Tigers boast a two-man attack with the running game, using Sam Carr and Joey Dezarn when it comes to eating up yards.

Carr leads the team with 285 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries, while Dezarn had tallied 256 yards and a pair of TDs.

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