CORBIN — Something has to give when Corbin faces off against Beechwood today.
The Redhounds, who are coming off a 23-22 loss to Pulaski County, haven’t dropped consecutive games in almost four years while the Tigers are trying to avoid losing three games in a row for the first time in at least 20 years.
Both teams are sporting younger and inexperienced rosters at certain positions due to graduation, but Corbin coach Justin Haddix admitted working hard to get better while gaining much-needed experience is part of the routine.
“We lost last week and that’s not fun,” he said. “We know this schedule would test us early with having to play some younger and inexperienced players in certain positions. No one is going to feel sorry for us. We need to continue to improve and get better and the way to do that is to continue to work hard.”
Corbin (2-1) could easily be 3-0, but gave up a late score to Pulaski County last week and couldn’t recover.
One concern is the slow starts the Redhounds have had to begin each of their first three games. In each game, they’ve trailed at halftime.
“We are finding out what we need to improve on and get ready for once district play begins,” Haddix said. “This schedule is doing that, and we are also getting tested each week. We’ve got a tougher district now from top to bottom, so the first three weeks have been a great way to prepare us for what is ahead. We’ve been going up against some quality coaches and quality teams.”
Beechwood’s 0-2 record might not show just how good the Tigers can be, but Haddix was quick to point out his team has a tough challenge ahead.
"They lost a lot of guys off last year’s state championship team, but they’re still good,” he said. “They’re just like us in a lot of ways. They have great tradition, they’re a quality opponent and they have a great culture.
“This is a big challenge for us,” Haddix added. “Their quarterback has matured and he does a lot for them. They’ve got a lot of other guys that have stepped up, too. As I said, this isn’t going to be easy. They’re continuing to develop players and they’ll be ready to go.”
Today’s contest will also mark the first time Corbin has been on the road this season.
“Playing on the road is always tough, and it’s even harder when you’re playing at Beechwood,” Haddix said. “They play well at home. It’s a tough place to play at.
“This game gives us the opportunity to get back to where we want to be,” he added. “The kids have been working hard and they’re ready to go.”
Today’s kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.