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September 14, 2012

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CORBIN — Harlan at Lynn Camp

Where: Mitchell Field

Date: Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Harlan 1-3, L. Camp 2-2

The inside scoop: The Lynn Camp Wildcats are sitting at 2-2 on the season and are coming off a win over Pineville this past Friday.

That combination is something Wildcats’ head coach Phil Russell said may go a long way against Harlan today.

“I think these kids are really starting to buy in to what we are doing with this program and it’s showing,” Russell said. “I think something a lot of people overlook is the fact we have nine seniors on this team and that’s nine kids that have been in this football program and know what it’s all about.

“This past week I kind of called those seniors out and let them know that this is the time when they have to start establishing an identity and I feel like they did that in the Pineville game,” he added. “We put together a plan at halftime and we showed a lot of discipline in that game and stayed within that game plan and that was the difference in the game.”

This week, Lynn Camp will have to deal with Harlan coach J.B. Donahue and a game plan that Russell said will be a reflection on the long-time coach.

“J.B. Donahue is a coach that you can believe will come ready and he will bring with him a game plan that you’ll have trouble with,” Russell said.

W’burg at Oneida, Tenn.

Where: Oneida, Tenn. High School

Date: Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: W’burg 4-0, Oneida 3-1

The inside scoop:  The Williamsburg Yellow Jacket football team will be facing off against their toughest opponent yet when they travel to play Oneida, Tenn. Friday.

The Indians (3-1) are ranked No. 2 in Tennessee’s Class 2A while the Yellow Jackets (4-0) moved up to the No. 3 spot in the latest Associated Press poll.

Both teams possess solid offensive and defensive play, as Oneida managed to pull out a 45-22 win over Williamsburg last season.

“This is going to be a very tough game for us,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said. “Last year they were so much bigger than us upfront and I hope the work we’ve done in the offseason has allowed us to get stronger.

“They return almost everyone back, so like I said, it’s going to be a tough game for us,” he added. “A game like this will only make us better and I know we are ready for the challenge.”

 

South Laurel at Corbin

Where: Campbell Field

Date: Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records:S. Laurel 1-3, Corbin 1-3

The inside scoop: Both Corbin and South Laurel enter Friday’s showdown at Campbell Field needing a win, confidence and momentum heading into their respective district slate coming up.

The Redhounds started the season with a big win over Class 6A’s George Rogers Clark, but followed it up with three consecutive losses by a total of 21 points.

It’s not been any better for the Cardinals, who also possesses a 1-3 record with its lone win coming against Lynn Camp.

Both teams entered the season with high expectations, but both teams have struggled putting anything together.

With that said, Corbin coach Steve Jewell and South Laurel coach Larry Welch are hoping things will change this week.

“Both teams are hungry and both teams are looking for a win,” Jewell said. “I know both of us have been on the verge of victory, but haven’t been able to seal the deal. We are shooting ourselves in the foot. We are our own worst enemy and hopefully we can turn it around this week.

“It should be a very good game,” he added. “We did play well at times against Danville last week, but I’m not big on moral victories because they sure don’t show up in the win and loss column.”

Welch, who saw his team drop a 38-20 decision to Clay County at home last week, admitted this could be a make it or break it game for his Cardinals.

“You want to win this game, so you can go into district play with some type of confidence,” he said. “There is no doubt about it that we need a win. Right now, we are frustrated and we realize this is a very big game.”

South Laurel will also try to find a way to beat Corbin for the first time since 2006.

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