DISTRICT SHOWDOWN: <span>Corbin set to face off against Knox Central</span>

The Corbin Redhound defense limited Lafayette to only seven points last week. The Redhounds are allowing 19 points per game in the season. | File Photo

CORBIN — District play begins today for the Corbin Redhounds when they travel to face off against Knox Central.

The Redhounds (3-2) enter the game on a high note after snapping a two-game losing skid last week with a 21-7 victory over Lafayette while the Panthers (1-5) had a week off to prepare for their upcoming challenge.

Corbin turned in one of its better efforts of the season against Lafayette last week as freshman quarterback Cameron Combs completed 10-of-17 pass attempts for 135 yards while Nick Yeager continued to shine in the backfield, rushing for 121 yards and one touchdown. Dakota Patterson emerged as another receiving threat for the Redhounds. He led the team with 87 receiving yards on four catches while Jake Steely reeled in a team-best five receptions for 57 yards.

Knox Central is hoping to get back on track today while snapping a three-game losing skid during the process.

The Panthers’ lone win came on Sept. 6 when they defeated Southwestern 22-7 at home.

A tough schedule combined with injuries to some key players has played a big role in Knox Central’s slow start.

Fred Hoskins’ squad started the 2019 campaign with a 21-13 loss to Ashland before dropping a 22-8 decision to Bell County. A win over Southwestern improved the Panthers to 1-2, but three losses followed — Harlan County (28-21), Bourbon County (31-12) and Knoxville Central (43-7).

“This is the most important game of the year for us. This is a district game and all district games are important,” Haddix said. “I’m looking for it to have a big-time game atmosphere. We’ve got to go out there and take care of business and not turn the ball over. We’ve got to take care of the ball.

“Knox Central is a good team. They‘ve played a quality schedule just like Lafayette has,” he added. “They’ve been right in the thick of their games. We definitely won’t be overlooking them. You can throw the records out. It’s a new season.”

Quarterback Brady Worley has thrown for 646 passing yards this season along with two touchdowns. Ethan Mills leads the team with 629 rushing yards and four touchdowns while receiver Jacob Barnard has totaled 19 receptions and 246 receiving yards.

Michael Bays has been the Panthers’ main threat on defense. He leads the team with 73 tackles and two sacks.

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