LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Doesn’t matter the sport, this is always a battle between two teams that for the most part have no love loss for each other.
Both teams come into tonight’s game at Corbin with 1-3 records, but South coach Larry Welch cautions not to be fooled by the Redhounds’ record.
“They are a lot better than their record,” Welch said. “They have played some good teams and have been in every game.”
After opening the season with a 13-12 win over George Rogers Clark, the Redhounds lost their next three games to Danville, Tates Creek and Lexington Christian Academy, each game by seven points.
“Their running backs, Matthew Jewell and Jake Coppock, run hard and physical along with their quarterback (Taylor Waddle),” Welch said. “The other Jewell (wide receiver Josh) has great hands. Their offense is very physical. And on defense they play a physical and attacking style.”
Stopping the run has been an issue with South Laurel this season. Two weeks ago Russell County’s Nick Britt ran for 169 yards. Last week it was Clay County’s Sam Carr rushing for over 100 yards. If the Cardinal defense isn’t on their toes tonight, Jewell and Coppock could have a field day.
“We are working hard on tackling and getting in position to tackle with team pursuit,” Welch said.
Last week it was Clay County. Tonight, Corbin. Next week, the annual crosstown showdown with North Laurel. That’s three rivals right in a row for South Laurel.
“That’s the fun of rivals,” Welch said. “The kids have the drive and desire because of the situation. A lot of them know each other. It’s a pride thing. Same thing with Clay. A lot of our kids know theirs.”
Still, with next week’s district game with the Jaguars on the horizon, Welch knows that a win tonight could go along way over the course of the district schedule.
“It’s a big game because we need to a win to boost our confidence,” Welch said.
The Cardinals have dropped five straight games to the Redhounds, their last victory coming in 2006, a 21-20 triumph. That was the last of four straight wins for South Laurel.
“We have to get in our defensive front and be ready to play with gang tackling and great pursuit to the ball,” Welch said. “On the offensive side we need to make good reads and decisions, and need to have some of our players step up and make some big plays.’
South Laurel visits Redhounds Friday in football action
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
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