Local Sports

September 13, 2013

Jaguars seeking fourth straight win tonight

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — North Laurel will be going for its first 4-0 start under Chris Larkey when it travels to Leslie County this week. The last time the Jaguars won their first four games was in 2001 under Greg Duncum. North Laurel did not win another game that season.

“We just have to be prepared and not come out flat like we did last week,” Larkey said.

The Jaguars 33-6 win over Clay County last week was more of a struggle than the score indicates. North Laurel only led 10-6 at halftime and 17-6 going into the fourth quarter. Larkey said the change in game time for television and spending about an hour before the game on the field instead of the locker room hurt his team’s focus.

Leslie County is off to a good start as well. The Eagles are 2-1 with wins over Harlan and Knott County Central. Its first loss came last week at Morgan County 34-7.

“Leslie County has a really good passing attack. It’s good that that’s what we’ve faced for the last two weeks,” Larkey said.

The Eagles could throw the ball 40 to 50 times in the game. They have not been very effective running the ball, but have been able to throw it behind a good quarterback and quality receivers.

“Their quarterback is pretty good. He’s a big kid with a good arm. He runs pretty well,” Larkey said.

The Jaguars have rushed for 539 yards on the season and passed for just 185. Larkey says he wants to pass the ball more and may have to this week. So far the running game has been enough.

“We are about 50 percent (completions) throwing the ball, which is pretty good. Our guys have caught the ball. It’s just when it’s third-and-2 are you going to take a chance on throwing it or let Gabe Blair get two yards for a first down?” Larkey said.

Michael Nelson has completed 11-of-23 passes to five different receivers. Nelson has thrown one interception and has not thrown a touchdown pass.

Larkey does think his team will have an advantage on the offensive line, but still wants to spread the field to give Blair and Nelson running room.

“They’ve got some big kids up front. I think we’ll be more physical than they will be on the line. We have been all year so far,” Larkey said. “They are not great on the defensive line, but they have a lot of good skilled linebackers and defensive backs that are going to make it tough for us.”

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Leslie County High School.

Text Only
Local Sports
AP Video
The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
     View Results