, Corbin, KY

October 29, 2012

Taking a closer look at the Tri-County teams’ playoff picture

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — For high school football fans, it’s the most wonderful time of the year — yep, it’s playoff time. And if you’re a fan of our teams in the Tri-County, you’ve got six teams to root for beginning Friday.

If you’re confused any at all with whom our teams play during first round playoff action, worry no more, I’ll explain things a bit for you below.

Class A

First Round

No. 4 seed Jenkins at No. 1 seed Wburg

The Yellow Jackets shouldn’t have any problems with Jenkins, a team they defeated last season in the first round of the playoffs, 40-0. Williamsburg will enter the game with an impressive 9-1 record while the Cavaliers are 4-6 while riding a five-game losing skid.

The winner of this game will advance to play the winner of Harlan/Lynn Camp. Jerry Herron’s squad has wins over both the Green Dragons and Wildcats this season.

If you want to take a look further down the road, as I always like to do, if the Yellow Jackets can get past the first two rounds a potential showdown with Hazard would take place in Hazard in three weeks for the region championship.

No. 3 seed Lynn Camp at No. 2 seed Harlan

These two teams played each other at Lynn Camp on Sept. 14 and it wasn’t a pretty sight for Wildcat fans. The Green Dragons recorded a 53-7 win over Lynn Camp while totaling 596 yards of total offense compared to the Wildcats’ four.

Cody Logan was the star of the game for Harlan by rushing for 198 yards while quarterback Ty Saragas connected on 21-of-27 pass attempts for 318 yards and five touchdowns.

Class 3A

No. 3 seed Corbin at No. 2 seed LaRue County

After staring the season with a dismal 2-4 record, LaRue County has evened its record at 5-5 by winning three of the last four games.

These two teams met on Nov. 5, 2004 in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs, as the Redhounds came away with a 35-14 win. LaRue County is 3-6 in post-season since that loss.

Corbin is on the same kind of roll, as the Hawks. The Redhounds have also won three of their last four games and now stand at .500 on the season, and whoever wins this game will more than likely make a trip to Log Mountain to face Bell County.

Class 4A

No. 3 seed Mercer County at No. 2 seed Knox Central

This is a scary match-up for the Panthers. The Titans come into the game with a 6-4 record while winning four of its last five games. Mercer County is a high-octane scoring team on offense and it shows during its last five games of the season — the Titans had games of 48, 55, 72, 19 (against Boyle County) and 54 points.

Knox Central is probably the best No. 2 seed in the state with its 9-1 mark. The Panthers are coming off a remarkable 44-36 comeback win against Madison Central last week that saw them trail 36-14 in the fourth quarter.

The winner of this game will more than likely play on the road against Lexington Catholic next week.

Class 5A

No. 3 seed North Laurel at

No. 2 seed Whitley County

By the time the game is kicked-off Friday the Jaguars will have two weeks to rest any injuries while the Colonels haven’t had a week off since Week 0 and the injury bug has hit Jim Black’s squad.

This has all of the makings to be the best game in the Tri-County this week. Whitley County should be favored going into the game against a North Laurel team that has never won a postseason game.

The former district foes last met on the grid on Oct. 15, 2010, with the Colonels coming away with a 56-20 win.

The winner of this game will more than likely hit the road and play Pulaski County next week.