CORBIN — Coach Justin Haddix and his Corbin Redhounds are ready to face the Knox Central Panthers today in first round action of the Class 4A playoffs.
The two teams faced off just over a month ago, where Corbin opened up district play with a 38-21 victory over the Panthers.
Today, the two teams will be battling it out once again but this time, there’s a lot more on the line. At the end of tonight’s game, one team will see their season come to an end, while the other will be moving on to the next round of the playoffs.
“I really don’t like playing a team for a second time in one season but it seems like we have done that the last few years,” Haddix said.
Corbin (5-4) is currently riding a two-game losing skid, after taking close losses to both Wayne County and Somerset the past two weeks, while Knox Central (3-7) is coming off a two-game winning streak.
After losing five straight games earlier in the season, the Panthers picked up back-to-back wins, with a win over Lincoln County in overtime two weeks ago and a win over South Laurel last week.
Haddix said his Redhounds have had a lot of energy in practice this week leading up to today’s matchup.
“It (practice) has been great,” he said. “Our kids know what is expected of them and making a run starts this week.
In order to find a win and keep their season alive, Haddix said his Redhounds will need to limit Knox Central’s running game.
“Knox is a very good football team and are playing well right now,” he said. “Knox is big up front on both sides with an experienced quarterback, very tough running back and running game. (Brody) Wells at wide receiver makes plays.”
Haddix and his Redhounds are hoping to see Redhound fans come out to today’s first round matchup at Campbell Field, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
“We love playing at home and in the playoffs with our community behind us — we love it,” Haddix said.