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May 16, 2014

Like It Or Not — Let the hype begin for Corbin/Whitley rivalry renewal

CORBIN — It’s been almost 30 years since the powers-that-be brought two of the biggest rivalries in the Tri-County together on the football field, but come the 2015 football season the wait will be over.

Word began to surface Thursday afternoon that Corbin and Whitley County had signed s contract on a home and home agreement, which will begin with Corbin traveling to Colonels Stadium in week zero (opening week) of the 2015 season.

If you’ve listened to me rant and rave in the past about local competition being the way to go with the economy in its current situation and schools needing to save money, you’ll know that I was extremely excited to hear this news.

When you think about it, the two teams playing each other is a no-brainer. The Redhounds and Colonels face off in every other KHSAA sanctioned sport, so why not play football against each other. The gate will be terrific at both places, you’ll save a lot of gas money as far as bus travel and our local restaurants will benefit on that particular Friday night with both teams staying close to home.

Now, I’m not exactly sure why the two teams haven’t played each other since 1985, but if you like a good history lesson, find some local sports historian and sit down for a chat. The different stories will amaze and amuse you at the same time, but I think what it came down to is the fact that the competition wasn’t always on the level it needed to be, which created some bad blood on and off the field.

If you’ve been in the area for any amount of time you know that every other contest that the two teams play each other in usually goes off without any kind of incident (any major incident anyway) and I don’t expect anything else out of these football games.

The timing for the rivalry renewal couldn’t be any better as both teams turn over the reigns of each program to new head coaches. By the time the first game rolls around Corbin’s Justin Haddix and Whitley County’s Jason Chappell will have a year with their respective programs under their belt and some hype will undoubtedly be built.

I haven't been this excited about a football game since the Bears played in Super Bowl XX.

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