WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Colonels will be looking to pick up their first district win today against Southwestern.
Whitley County (3-3 overall, 0-1 vs. district opponents) will enter today’s road district battle with Southwestern with a .500 record, and a head of steam, after defeating Bourbon County, 35-13.
Whitley County Coach Jep Irwin said that last week’s win was important in helping his team pick up some momentum heading into today’s matchup with Southwestern.
“Definitely an important team win,” he said. “We take each week as it comes, we weren't really worried about the two games before, each week is like it's own season in a sense.”
Irwin was impressed with how well his offense ran the ball last week in the second half against Bourbon County, as the Colonels had 198 rushing yards. Whitley County’s quarterback Seth Mills also completed 17 passes for 233 yards, with Woody Lawson leading the team with 88 rushing yards and 66 rushing yards found by Zach Saylor.
The Colonels defense also forced three turnovers in last week’s win over Bourbon County, which Irwin said was big for his team last week and hopes to see again in today’s matchup.
The Colonels will be facing a Southwestern team fresh off a 21-13 loss to North Laurel, where the Warriors picked up 192 rushing yards and were held to only 21 passing yards.
With the No. 2 seed on the line, Irwin said that getting a win is extremely important in today’s matchup.
“Very important for playoff seeding, both teams are 0-1 in the district and need a win for sure,” he said.
Irwin said his team will need to play their best game of the year if they want to walk away with the win over Southwestern today.
“They (Southwestern) are a talented team, they have been very competitive of late,” Irwin said. “They have suffered a number of injuries, as well as had some suspensions. I believe they are getting healthy and rounding into form the past couple of weeks. They could have easily won last week versus North Laurel. We need to be ready for a tough opponent and environment.”