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August 31, 2012

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CORBIN — Corbin at Tates Creek

Where: Tates Creek High School

Date: Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: Corbin 1-1, Ta. Creek 1-1

The inside scoop: Things don’t get any easier for Steve Jewell’s Corbin Redhounds as they pay a visit to Tates Creek High School today to square-off against the much-improved Commodores.

This isn’t the same Tates Creek squad Corbin defeated last season at Campbell Field, 21-14. The Commodores are 1-1 on the season, but have played two solid opponents so far, coming away with a 28-9 win over West Jessamine before losing a 65-54 shootout against Class 5A power Harlan County last week.

Tates Creek spotted the Black Bears a 23-0 lead in the first half before making a game out of it, as sophomore quarterback Graham Gordon completed 15-of-31 pass attempts for 350 yards and five touchdowns. Receivers Marcus Wilkerson and Dennis Oxidine did most of the damage for the Commodores by combining for eight receptions and 217 yards receiving. Oxidine is also a threat running the ball by finishing the game with 59 yards and two touchdowns.

“We’ve got our hands full, that’s for sure,” Jewell said. “It doesn’t get any easier for us. Tates Creek has a lot of fire power and they can score a ton of points quickly.”

J. Central vs. K. Central

Where: Clay County High School

Date: Friday, Aug. 31, 8:45 p.m.

Team Records: J. Cent. 2-0, K. Cent. 2-0

The inside scoop:  The Knox Central Panthers are looking to go 3-0 for the first time under coach Scottie Russell, but to do so, they’re going to have to find a way to get past Johnson Central.

The Golden Eagles don’t possess the running talents of former tailback J.J. Jude, but still return a solid nucleus of talent that has surprised many by defeating North Carolina’s Hayesville High School (39-7) and Perry Central (44-36).

“They still like to do what they’ve done the past several years, but they are more balanced in the backfield,” Russell said. “They are very big and strong and for us to win, we’re going to have to find a way to stop their running game.

“They also like to throw the ball occasionally, too,” he added. “They’ve got a quarterback that likes to run with the ball, so we’ve got a lot of stuff we need to focus on coming into this game.”

Rock. Co. at Whitley Co.

Where: Colonel Stadium

Date: Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: R.C. 1-1, Whitley Co. 0-1

The inside scoop: Whitley County’s first game of the season didn’t have the outcome coach Jim Black wanted — a 49-20 loss to Russell County.

But with a week to work on things, Black hopes his team's fortunes can change Friday at home against Rockcastle County.

“We’re working on things right now,” he said. “Rockcastle County is a good, hard-nosed team that we’ve got to be ready for. I know they still like to run the ball, so we’ve got to be ready for that.”

The Colonels (0-1) had trouble stopping Russell County’s run attack last week, allowing 230 yards along with some big-play runs from tailback Nick Britt.

“This should be a very good game,” Black said. “Hopefully, we have learned from some of the mistakes we made from last week. I know we’ve got to come out and show up in the first half.”

Mad. So. at Lynn Camp

Where: Mitchell Field

Date: Friday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Team Records: M.S. 0-1 at L. Camp 1-1

The inside scoop: The Lynn Camp Wildcats gave up 338 yards on the ground to South Laurel last week in a 55-6 loss in the Cumberland Valley Bowl.

The good news for the Wildcats this week is that they’re back home where they won the first game of the season.

The bad news is Madison Southern is coming to town and the Eagles are bringing Division 1 prospect Damian Harris with them. Harris, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound sophomore, ran for 742 yards and 11 touchdowns on 62 carries last season. He runs a 4.42 40-yard dash.

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