By Les Dixon/Sports Editor
Sometimes your best defense can be your offense.
That was the case in Corbin’s 20-7 win over Lexington Christian Friday at Campbell Field.
The Redhounds’ offense totaled 65 offensive plays to the Eagles’ 32, while dominating the time of possession 35:56 to 12:04, which allowed Corbin to control the game from the opening kickoff.
“That’s what we wanted to do,” Corbin coach Steve Jewell said. “Actually, that’s what we want to do anytime we play a passing team. We want to control the clock and keep the other team’s offense off the field.”
Just like the past two games, Corbin jumped out to a quick lead (20-0), but this time around, the Redhounds wouldn’t allow their opponent back in the game.
And the credit goes to Corbin’s offensive and defensive play, according to Jewell.
When the Redhounds’ defense was on the field, they dominated.
Corbin limited the outmanned Lexington Christian offensive attack to only 123 total yards (98 rushing and 25 passing). Take away Dominique Hayden’s 91-yard touchdown run in the first half, the Eagles only totaled 32 yards on offense the entire game.
“Our defense came ready to play tonight,” Jewell said. “We had a great defensive performance out there. I know the kids were ready to play tonight and they showed it on both offense and defense.”
Corbin came into the game riding a three-game losing streak, while desperately needing some momentum and confidence with a game against Bell County next week.
“We needed this win,” Jewell said. “Psyche-wise this was huge. We’ve got a big game against Bell County coming up and we needed this win. Like I said, our offense and defense came to play.”
Lexington Christian had no answer for the Redhounds’ running game.
Josh Sanders accounted for all three of Corbin’s scores and finished the game with a game-high 112 yards rushing on 29 carries.
The Redhounds finished the game with 112 yards rushing on 41 carries.
“Josh ran extremely hard tonight,” Jewell said. “The kids did a great job blocking for him and he hit the hole and did what we needed him to do. He gave a great effort out there.”
Quarterback Clint Cashen turned in his best performance of the season by connecting on 14-of-23 pass attempts for 155 yards. Cashen also turned in a solid effort on defense. He had two of Corbin’s three interceptions (Sanders had one).
Rob Madon led Corbin with five receptions for 57 yards.
“All in all, I was pleased with what we did out there tonight,” Jewell said. “Our offense played better and we did what we needed to do by controlling the clock. We just need to put together four quarters.
“We’ve been playing well in the first and fourth quarters, but not the second and third,” he added. “Our offense sputtered a bit in the second half, but we did a good job in the first two quarters.”
The Redhounds outgained the Eagles in total offense 267 to 123. Corbin will be back in action at home Friday against Dudley Hilton’s Bell County Bobcats.
Corbin 20, Lexington Christian 7
Lex. Christian 0 7 0 0 7
Corbin 14 6 0 0 20
CO - Sanders 4 run (Wagers kick) 6:55
CO - Sanders 1 run (Wagers kick) :32
CO - Sanders 5 run (kick failed) 5:41
LC - Hayden 91 run (Gaffney kick) 4:24
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