BARBOURVILLE — Justin Haddix’s Corbin Redhounds captured their second straight victory as they rolled to a 38-21 victory over the struggling Knox Central Panthers.
The Redhounds (4-2 overall, 1-0 vs. district opponents) built a 14-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back while handing the Panthers (1-6, 0-1) their fourth consecutive loss during the process.
Corbin will look to continue its recent success Friday on the road against Lincoln County.
“Like I said earlier this week, this was the most important game of the year for us," Haddix said. "I was really proud of our guys with the way they set the tone early. I was also happy with the way we came out and set the tone in the second half. I’m just really proud of our team tonight.
“This was a big win for us,” he added. “We had a couple of defensive starters out, but we had some guys step up and make the plays and that’s what it is all about. Now we have another big road district game coming up against Lincoln County.”
Haddix’s squad was able to get off to a good start out of the gate after recovering a Knox Central fumble on the game’s opening kickoff.
The Redhounds scored one minute later after driving to the one-yard line before seeing Dakota Patterson find pay dirt to give his team a 7-0 edge with 10:50 left in the first quarter.
Another Panther turnover led to Corbin’s second touchdown, as Dylan Massengill picked off a pass and returned it 20 yards for the score to increase the Redhounds’ advantage to 14-0 going into the second quarter.
Penalties marred the second quarter, keeping both teams out of the end zone before seeing Knox Central gain some momentum right before the half.
Seth Huff broke loose for a 44-yard touchdown run to cut the Panthers’ deficit to 14-7 at halftime.
The Redhounds began to pull away in the second half as Cameron Combs’ four-yard touchdown run midway through the quarter pushed Corbin’s lead to 21-7.
Jacob Baker added a 23-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter to give his team a commanding 24-7 advantage.
The Redhounds continued to roll during the fourth quarter as Combs hooked up with Dakota Patterson with a 44-yard touchdown connection to make the score, 31-7.
Nick Yeager added a one-yard touchdown run a minute later to push Corbin’s lead to 38-7 before seeing Knox Central add two late touchdowns to end the game.