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October 26, 2012

Fear 'Les' Football Forecast

CORBIN — Boyle Co. at Whitley Co.

Where: Colonel Stadium

Date: Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Rebels 5-4, Colonels 6-3

The inside scoop: Jim Black’s Whitley County Colonels will end regular season play with the way they started it — against a top-notch team.

The Boyle County Rebels will pay a visit to Colonel Stadium today with hopes of winning their third game in a row while the Colonels hope to continue their impressive play of late heading into post-season play — so something has got to give.

“Shoot, Boyle County is a very good football team,” Black said. “It’s going to be a hard game for us.”

Whitley County (6-3) is coming off a 55-29 win against Letcher Central last week that saw the Colonels run for 617 yards while during the process allowed Black’s squad to notch their fifth win in six tries.

The one thing Whitley County likes to do is run the ball and they have the players to do it. Four players have more than 400 yards rushing this season with Zack Mills leading the way with 790 yards and two touchdowns. Austin Hooper has 540 rushing yards while Boston Bryant leads the team with nine touchdowns on the ground and 506 rushing yards. Quarterback Austin Ysidro has 466 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

“The big thing for us and the most important thing is for us to play well and stay away from injuries,” Black said. “Boyle County is a team that has gotten better as the season has gone.”

The Rebels started the season with a 52-31 loss to Highlands before evening their record at 1-1 by defeating Collins, 49-26. Then came consecutive losses against Danville (28-21) and John Hardin (34-14). They also suffered a loss against Lexington Catholic (24-21) before reeling off two straight wins against Marion County (63-0) and Mercer County (59-19).

W’burg at O. Springs

Where: Oliver Springs High School

Date: Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: O. Springs 4-5, W’burg 8-1

The inside scoop: The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are hoping to cap off regular season play today with a win and if they do so, it will be the first time since 2008 they finished the regular season with a 9-1 record.

But to do so, they must get past Oliver Springs, Tenn. on the road.

Oliver Springs will enter the game with a 4-5 mark with hopes of ending the Yellow Jackets’ four-game win streak.

“They are a pretty solid team,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said. “They’ve won all of the games they were supposed to and they’ve lost all of the games they were supposed to.”

Today’s game will mark the third time this season Williamsburg has traveled to play in Tennessee. The Yellow Jackets handed Jellico, Tenn. a 68-8 loss on Aug. 17, but lost to Oneida, Tenn. on Sept. 14.

They also lost their last meeting against Oliver Springs last season at home, 41-22.

“Last year Oliver Springs took it to us,” Herron admitted. “The biggest thing for us is to play well. We just need to come out and execute.”

Williamsburg is led by quarterback Dalton Sizemore, who has completed 145-of-243 pass attempts for 2,251 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also leads the team with 385 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

His main targets are Skyler Griffith, who has 47 receptions for 900 yards and 11 touchdowns and Corey Shelton, who has 44 catches for 804 yards and 15 touchdowns.

M’boro at Lynn Camp

Where: Mitchell Field

Date: Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Jackets 3-6, Cats 3-6

The inside scoop: Lynn Camp is coming off a 49-6 district loss to Williamsburg that could have been a lot worse and Middlesboro hasn't fared much better over the past few weeks either. The Yellow Jackets are coming off three straight losses, while dropping five of the past seven games.

Something's got to give when they play in what will be both teams regular season finale at Lynn Camp.

The Wildcats are getting ready to hit the road for next week's post-season opener against Harlan. Lynn Camp lost big (53-7) to the Green Dragons at home earlier in the season on Sept. 14.

Middlesboro will also travel for the first week of the playoffs, only a little bit further as they head to Prestonsburg to face the Black Cats.

As for this week's game, Lynn Camp hasn't beaten the Yellow Jackets since 2005 when they were able to slip past them 40-30. The Wildcats have lost the last four showdowns (2001, 2008, 2007 and 2006) between the two teams by an average of 35 points per game.

K. Central at M. Central

Where: Madison Central High School

Date: Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Panthers 8-1, M.C. 6-3

The inside scoop: Football is a hard sport to figure out sometimes.

Just when it seems a team is on top of the world, a loss can take away confidence and momentum that had been building up the entire season. Try adding two losses in a row after starting 8-0 while heading into the Class 4A playoffs — that’s what Knox Central is trying to avoid today on the road against Madison Central.

“We need to go into the playoffs on a high note, not with a two-game losing streak,” Panther coach Scottie Russell said. “Last week was a tough loss for us, but the kids are in good spirits and they know our mistakes cost us last week’s game. Hopefully we can get back on track and who knows, we might see Russell County again down the road.”

But first things first, Russell knows his team has a hard job ahead of them in playing Madison Central.

The Indians are 6-3 on the season with wins over Boone County, Mercer County, Dunbar, Henry Clay, Tates Creek and George Rogers Clark.

“Hey, we know we’ve got our hands full in this game,” Russell said. “I tell you what, they are very good.”

Madison Central is led by tailback Dominique Hawkins, who has close to 1,000 yards rushing on the season and quarterback Hunter Stocker, who can hurt a team with his running and throwing abilities. The Indians also possess talented wide out Ken Jah Bosley, who had 39 receptions for 759 yards and nine touchdowns after seven games of action.

“Their quarterback, tailback and wide receiver are very good,” Russell said. “They’ve got good team speed and we’ve got to find a way to slow them down.”

Russell said his team also needed to get off to a good start. He credited last week’s lost to getting off to a slow start and turnovers.

“We struggled doing that last week and we don’t need that to happen again this week,” he said. “I think we’re ready, but we also know we’ve got to slow them down to win this game.”

Harlan at Corbin

Where: Campbell Field

Date: Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Dragons 5-4, Hounds 4-5

The inside scoop: Both the Corbin Redhounds (4-5 overall, 2-2 against district competition) and Harlan Green Dragons (5-4, 2-1) know who their opponent will be when post-season play gets underway Nov. 2. The key this week for both teams will be to try and come away from the contest healthy as they prepare for playoff football.

Don't tell that to Corbin head coach Steve Jewell though. He said today’s game is business as usual for his Redhounds as they try to get to the .500 mark for the first time since the second week of the season.

“We've talked to the kids all week about the fact that you want to run or sprint in to the playoffs as opposed to just backing in,” Jewell said. “I always liked it when there was a lot riding on this last game of the season and where it was a pride game, but there's not a lot riding on this game.

“We both know who we're facing next week, but at the same time we're trying to get to .500 for the first time since the second week of the season,” he added. “We're really looking to sharpen ourselves and get better in some areas that we haven't been the best in as a team.”

Corbin comes into Friday's game having won three of the last five games, two of those wins were against district foes McCreary Central and Casey County, but the two losses came at the hands of district opponents also.

Due to the fact that the Redhounds finished with a 2-2 district mark, Corbin will be hitting the road come post-season against LaRue County, which means this could be the last time Corbin fans see their team at home this year.

When it comes to Harlan, the Green Dragons haven't had the best season ever, but they have won two in a row and four of the last five contests, with victories over Pineville and Jenkins the last two weeks.

The Green Dragons boast an impressive quarterback in Ty Saragas, who has passed for 1,526 yards and 19 touchdowns, completing 99 of 171 pass attempts. The majority of Saragas success is thanks to Eric Young, who has tallied 27 receptions for 462 yards.

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