By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
Steve Jewell’s Corbin Redhounds will enter Friday’s Class 3A first round playoff matchup with Henry County as a heavy favorite.
The Redhounds (6-4) are riding a two-game win streak and are coming off a 28-14 win over Harlan that saw senior tailback Brady Foley rush for 347 yards and three touchdowns.
“I believe we’re ready to play,” Jewell said. “Henry County is a primarily run ballclub and the only time they throw the ball is when they are forced to in long yardage situations.”
The Wildcats (2-8) have never been able to put together any type of momentum this season. Coach Jason Spencer’s squad started the 2011 campaign off losing its first five games before picking up a 27-17 win over Bullitt Central.
They followed that win with two more losses before upending Elizabethtown, 57-27. Henry County dropped its regular season finale on the road to Spencer County, 40-27. The Wildcats are averaging 22 points on offense, while surrendering 37 points on defense.
“They have some very good skill kids,” Jewell said. “They’ve got good speed and they run the T-option. They’re kind of like Casey County, but they have a bit more diversity than Casey County.
“We know they’re not going to be a pushover, so we’ve got to come ready to play,” he added. “I believe we will.”
Jewell said he has been impressed with his players’ demeanor heading into the game with Henry County.
“They know what’s at stake,” he said. “I feel like we’ve turned things around since the loss to Bell County. We’re still not where we want to be, but that’s coach-speak — you always want to be better.
“The big thing about this game is that we’ve got to get off to a good start,” Jewell added. “We can’t come out here and not play well. We’ve got to continue playing well and continue to gain momentum. The key is on defense. We’ve got to know who has who and we’ve got to keep their offense off the field, too. If we can do that, I like our chances.”