September 20, 2013

Cards need to believe they can beat Redhounds

By Denis House
Sports Editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — South Laurel looks to extend its winning streak to three tonight when Corbin visits Gilliam Field, but Coach Matt Rhymer knows it won’t be easy.

“Corbin is very impressive on film,” Rhymer said. “They are big, strong, fast and physical. On top of that they are well coached across the board. They don’t make many mistakes in any phase of the game.”

For years Corbin has been known as a running team, and while that hasn’t changed, they aren’t above airing it out when needed.

“I think that Corbin’s main threat is running the football, but last week they threw for over 200 yards so overall they can be very balanced,” Rhymer said. “Jake Coppock and Taylor Waddle are solid players and can run and catch the ball really well.”

Last week the Cards came away with an overtime victory at Clay County, something Rhymer was proud to see his team accomplish.

“I liked the fact that we overcame a lot of adversity on the road, and fought to the finish and came away with a win,” Rhymer said. “When you are coming off a 1-9 season and go on the road to Clay and win a battle like that it says a lot about the direction your team is going. I credit our kids for that.”

South Laurel lost its third starter last week when running back Landon Bray went down with a torn ACL, so the Cards will be without his services, which is a blow to the running game. Josh Phelps stepped in his place last week and turned in a fine performance for South Laurel.

While his team did get the win, Rhymer said there are still several areas they need to improve in as this continues to be a work in progress.

“We need to improve our special teams play, pass coverage and limiting penalties,” Rhymer said. He knows his team will be the underdog when it faces Corbin, so believing they can win will be a key to winning.

“Our team needs to believe they can win when they step on the field,” Rhymer said. “From there we need to win the line of scrimmage, control the ball, limit penalties, take away big plays from the opposing offense and special teams, and stay in the fight for four quarters and see what happens.”

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Gilliam Field.