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October 5, 2012

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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.

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. “They are young and they have played a tough schedule, so we know what we’re going up against.

“The history of this district has always come down to either us or them for the district title, so we’ve got to be ready to play. They were a lot like us last year. They have young kids that play hard.”

Both teams are coming off bye weeks, as Campbellsville is sporting a 1-5 record after defeating Paris, 37-30, while Williamsburg is 5-1 while garnering the No. 3 spot in the latest Associated Press Class rankings.

“We had a good week off,” Herron said. “We healed up pretty good and have everybody back on the varsity team except one. I know everyone is ready to get back to work.”

Williamsburg is led by quarterback Dalton Sizemore, who has connected on 111-of-179 pass attempts for 1,538 yards and 20 touchdowns while his main receiving targets are Skyler Griffith (33 receptions, 584 receiving yards and eight touchdowns) and Corey Shelton (32 receptions, 537 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns). Sizemore also leads the team with 268 rushing yards while Jefferson Patrick has 208.

Campbellsville enters the game with losses TO Russell County (51-0), North Laurel (40-7), Taylor County (34-21), Bethlehem (50-20) and Green County (58-28). Even though the Eagles have five losses, they have seen improvement each week on offense. After scoring only seven points during the first two weeks of the season, Campbellsville has put up 26 points per game, including its 37-point total against Paris two weeks ago.

Berea at Lynn Camp

Where: Mitchell Field

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

Team Records: Berea 2-4, L. Camp 2-4

The inside scoop: Most high school teams in the Commonwealth started their district schedules last week, but for the Lynn Camp Wildcats, the new season starts now, both literally and figuratively speaking.

That's what head coach Phil Russell is preaching to his team this week anyway. With a home game against district rival Berea this week, there's no time like the present to make the best of a situation.

“We've taken the week off to really get back to basics and back to what we call 'Hit Men' football,” Russell said. “It was actually more like a camp atmosphere with some of the things we worked on in trying to get back to basics and back to trying to win football games.

“I feel like we're through the tough part of our schedule and now that we're back to playing 1A football teams, we've got a shot at winning some games,” he added.

That may be true, but it won't be easy from the word go. Berea Pirates come in with an identical 2-4 record on the season, but comparing offensive and defensive scoring, the Wildcats will have their hands full.

“I went and scouted Berea when they played Paris and they just rolled over them,” he said. “They can come in here and do that to us if we allow it to happen.

S. Laurel at Lincoln Co.

Where: Lincoln County High School

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

Team Records: S. Laur.1-6, Lin. Co. 3-4

The inside scoop: Coming off last week’s overtime loss to Pulaski County last week, the South Laurel Cardinals’ chances of making the playoffs aren’t dead, but they are on life support.

Head coach Larry Welch said this week’s game is as much a must as there has ever been for his team.

“It’s not too late to save something out of this season, but the clock is ticking,” Welch said. “If we want to make something positive happen this season, we have got to come away with a win this week.

“This is a pretty tough team we’re going up against, but I think we have a shot at a win,” Welch said. “We have to be able to limit what they can do on offense and try to get in the rhythm we got into last week.”

Lincoln County comes into the game with a 3-4 record with wins over Casey County, Washington County and Garrard County. The Patriots have losses to Danville, Wayne County, Pulaski County and Madison Southern.

Offensively, Lincoln County is averaging 24 points per game, while giving up 31 ppg on the defensive side.

South Laurel’s numbers in that department are similar as the Cardinals have allowed 35 ppg while scoring 23 ppg on offense.

Welch said he knows what to expect out of the Patriots offense, but being able to stop what they do offensively is another story.

“They like to run the ball and they have a good offensive line that will get a good push,” Welch said. “They play a real physical style of football.”