By Les Dixon/Sports Editor
Corbin’s 23-7 decision over Casey County Friday wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but Redhound head coach Steve Jewell will take it.
The Redhounds improved to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in district play after picking up a 16-point victory over the visiting Rebels (3-5, 1-1).
It marked Corbin’s 24th consecutive district win and sets up a showdown with Garrard County Friday. If the Redhounds get past the Lions, Corbin will enter the playoffs as the district’s No. 1 seed with the possibility of hosting two postseason games.
“It was a big win when you’re talking about the district race, but this was a very ugly ballgame,” Jewell said. “We just couldn’t find any rhythm offensively and it just wasn’t a good performance from us. We’re not going to get where we need to if we play like this.”
Jewell said he had concerns coming into the game against Casey County, but thought his squad would be able to pull off the win.
“It just seemed like we couldn’t get into the ballgame,” he said. “You know, there’s a lot of hoopla because it’s senior night and stuff like that, but those can’t be excuses. We’re not going to make excuses. We need to go out there and execute on offense and defense.”
Casey County jumped on Corbin early behind Marcus Patterson’s 66-yard touchdown strike to Jared Howard just 1:30 into the game, but the Redhounds’ defense buckled down after that play.
Corbin limited the Rebels to 96 yards total offense during their next 38 offensive plays the remainder of the game.
“I thought our defense played good tonight,” Jewell said. “We gave up that one play in the first quarter and after that we settled down.
“I told people all week that Casey County was better than what most people thought,” he added. “They have some good athletes on their team and we played lackluster at times and that allowed them to stay in the ballgame.”
Despite falling behind early, Corbin managed to take a 14-7 lead into the lockerroom at halftime behind two touchdown runs from Corey Sewell.
His first score (a six-yard run) came at the 9:27 mark in the second quarter and his second touchdown (a 19-yard run) came three minutes later.
“I thought early in the second quarter Corey ran the ball real good,” Jewell said. “He made some good cuts and managed to get to the endzone.”
Despite sputtering at times on offense, Corbin managed to put together an 11-play, 61-yard drive to open the second half that put the game out of reach.
Tailback Josh Sanders played a big part during the drive. He carried the ball six times for 36 yards, including his final carry of the drive which resulted in a two-yard plunge into the endzone.
Sanders finished the game with a team-high 129 rushing yards on 19 carries.
“Josh played well tonight,” Jewell said. “The big thing is that he had a great second effort that gave him some hard-earned yards.”
Corbin’s defense tacked on a safety with 7:54 remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the 16-point victory.
The Redhounds outgained Casey County 174-59 in rushing yards and 275-162 in total offense.
Quarterback Clint Cashen connected on 11-of-25 pass attempts for 101 yards and three interceptions, while Rob Madon led the Redhounds with four pass receptions and 32 yards.
On defense, Sean Nolan led Corbin with 10 tackles, while Sanders and Rob Madon added eight.
With the win, Corbin finds itself in good position to capture the district’s No. 1 seed next week with a win over Garrard County.
“We’re going to have to go on the road and we just don’t know much about Garrard County,” Jewell said. “Like I said before, we’re just taking one game at a time right now.”
Corbin 23, Casey County
Casey County 7 0 0 0 7
Corbin 0 14 7 2 23
CC - Patterson 66 pass to Howard (Scheibner kick) 10:24
CO - Sewell 6 run (Kick failed) 9:27
CO - Sewell 19 run (Sewell conversion) 6:32
CO - Sanders 2 run (Wagers kick) 5:25
CO - Team safety 7:54
By Les Dixon/Sports Editor
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