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Sports Editorials

August 29, 2012

Lots of games left in high school football

CORBIN — We’re already two weeks into the prep football season and a lot of interesting things are unfolding for each of our Tri-County football teams.

Knox Central, North Laurel and Williamsburg are the lone remaining undefeated teams in the Tri-County at 2-0 while Corbin, Lynn Camp and South Laurel each are 1-1 and Whitley County is the only team without a win just yet at 0-1.

I’ve already heard many respective fans of the above-mentioned teams shouting their team is going to win a state championship to the sky is falling.

Just remember folks, we are just TWO weeks into a long high school football season, so with that said, it’s time to give my thoughts on what’s ahead for our local teams.

CORBIN (1-1) — The Redhounds are .500 after two games and many in the Redhound camp feel like they let one get away last week during the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic this past Saturday against Lexington Christian. Of course, the most important regular season games are the district match-ups, so Corbin still stands fine and dandy in district play.

But Corbin doesn’t take kind to losing and I’m 100 percent positive the Redhounds would love to be riding a three-game win streak during their home district match-up with Wayne County on Sept. 28, but it’s not going to be easy.

Corbin faces Tates Creek on the road Friday and getting a win against the Class 6A Commodore squad is going to be tough and things don’t get any easier the following week at Danville. I still believe the Redhounds will get past South Laurel at home Sept. 14, but it’s another group of Cardinals that concern me two weeks later against Wayne County. This isn’t the same Wayne County team we’ve seen in the past and it’s going to be very interesting to see who comes away with the big district win — saying this Friday begins an IMPORTANT four-game stretch for Steve Jewell’s squad is an understatement.

KNOX CENTRAL (2-0) — A lot of people I’ve talked to still aren’t sold on Scottie Russell’s Knox Central Panthers, but I am. I like how the Panthers have looked during the first two weeks of play. Jeffrey Canady has been the bull’s eye of each opposing team’s defense the past two weeks and tailback Jonathan Gist has answered the challenge by rushing for more than 300 yards combined in those two wins against South Laurel and Karns, Tenn.

Knox Central will be tested this week against Johnson Central and a win against the Eagles should be a big boost to the nonbelievers.

LYNN CAMP (1-1) — After starting the season with a big win against East Ridge, the Wildcats were handed a 49-point loss by Class 5A’s South Laurel Cardinals. Things are going to get even tougher the next four games with Lynn Camp having to play Madison Southern, Pineville, Harlan and Whitley County. If the Wildcats can remain healthy through that four-game stretch then their game against Berea at home oct. 5 is very winnable.

NORTH LAUREL (2-0) — The Jaguars come into this week with a No. 11 ranking in the first Associated Press Prep Football Poll of the season, but I’m not sure they should be ranked that high just yet. North Laurel is a better team compared to last season’s 3-7 squad, but a lot of their success is going to hang on the play of Michael Nelson, who is one of the best players in the Tri-County. If Nelson can remain healthy, then I like North Laurel’s chances of reaching the Class 5A playoffs. We will know more about North Laurel after its game against Wayne County Friday.

SOUTH LAUREL (1-1) — The Cardinals remain a mystery to me. Coming into the season, I thought they would be a tough team to stop throwing the ball, but it’s completely opposite. South Laurel has a pretty good running team and if the Cardinals continue to run first then set up the pass, they can be dangerous. South Laurel has a lot of tough games ahead, so we’ll see what happens.

WHITLEY COUNTY (0-1) — No team plays a tougher schedule than Whitley County. Coming into the season, I didn’t expect the Colonels to finish regular season play with a record above .500 — not because I don’t think they are good, but because they play a tough slate. I still believe the Colonels have the talent to make a deep run in the playoffs.

WILLIAMSBURG (2-0) — I’m saving the best for last. The Yellow Jackets have shown in two weeks they are going to be a tough team to beat. There isn’t really much to say other than Jerry Herron’s squad is very good. If Williamsburg can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for this squad.

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