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October 5, 2012

Fear 'Les' Football Forecast

CORBIN — Perry C. at Whitley Co.

Where: Colonel Stadium

Date: Friday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Per. C. 3-3, Whit. Co. 4-3

The inside scoop: The Whitley County Colonels are rolling heading into their district match-up at home against Perry Central, but coach Jim Black cautioned his team can’t overlook the Commodores.

“We’ve got a tough game in front of us,” he said. “We got a big win last week, but now we have to get ready for a team that is pretty darn good.”

Perry Central started the season slow, losing its first three games, but the Commodores have been stout the past three games, averaging 47 points per game during wins over Lawrence County (50-49), Sheldon Clark (51-45) and Rockcastle County (40-24).

“They are scoring a ton of points,” Black said. “I’m sitting here watching them on film and I’m not sure how you can stop them. They are a very good team and they’re playing well right now.”

Perry Central is averaging more than 400 yards on offense and the Commodores are tough to stop on the ground and through the air.

Quarterback Austin Pray is a double-threat and leads Perry Central with 747 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns while Kegan Robinson has 494 yards on the ground and two scores.

Pray has also completed 52-of-94 pass attempts for 1,101 yards and 11 touchdowns. His main targets are Nathan Pray (19 receptions, 486 yards and three touchdowns), Tyler Fugate (13 receptions, 241 yards and four touchdowns) and Darryl Beatty (10 receptions, 241 yards and four touchdowns).

“They have great athletes,” Black said. “They have a lot of weapons and they’re going to be hard to stop. The kids know what’s at stake.

PSW at North Laurel

Where: The Jungle

Date: Friday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: PSW 3-3, N. Laurel 4-2

The inside scoop: Much like last week, the North Laurel Jaguars find themselves in what head coach Chris Larkey called a must-win situation against Southwestern.

The bad news is that last week the Jaguars came up short against Pulaski County as they had what Larkey called a mental letdown in the fourth quarter. The good news is that Larkey said he doesn’t believe that type of thing will happen to his team again.

“We talked to the kids and they really thought they had the game won,” Larkey said. “We told them the importance of fighting until the end in everything you do.

“In the end, this will end up being a valuable lesson not only in football, but in life,” he added. “You have to give 100 percent in everything you do or else you’re going to come up short most of the time.”

As they head into this week’s match-up against Southwestern, Larkey’s team is sitting at 4-3 on the season and 1-1 in district play. A loss would seriously damage the Jaguars hopes of a playoff spot, while a win will go a long way as far as confidence.

Much like North Laurel, the Warriors bring with them a strong running game with Logan Campisano leading the way with 791 yards and eight touchdowns on 138 carries for an average of 132 yards per game. Jordan Maggard and Austin Smiddy are also weapons Southwestern will look to occasionally. The pair combines for an average of 89 yards per game, close to 500 yards on the ground between the pair.

C’ville at W’burg

Where: Rose-Stanfill Stadium

Date: Friday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: C’ville 1-5, W’burg 5-1

The inside scoop: The Williamsburg Yellow Jacket football team has big plans for Friday, but first they must get past district rival Campbellsville.

The Yellow Jackets are one win away from capturing the program’s 400th win, but to do so, they’re going to have to beat an Eagle squad, who picked up its first win of the season two weeks ago.

“They are a very fast team,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said.

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