Week one of the playoffs saw three of the area teams move on to the second round. Corbin blew out Bath County, 55-8, while Williamsburg played extremely well and took out the Nicholas County Blue Jackets, 54-20.
However, the biggest surprise of the night was the thumping the Whitley County Colonels put on the Southwestern Warriors. I called that game to be a one-point nail-biter in favor of the Colonels. I doubt if anyone dreamed it would be a 45-0 blowout, except maybe the Colonels.
It gets a little tougher each round and with Friday night comes round two of the playoffs.
Williamsburg (7-4) entertains the Eagles of Ashland Fairview (10-1).
The Eagles are a dangerous team with a lot of weapons. Chris Brewer, a sophomore, leads the Eagles with 11 touchdowns and has ran the ball for 982 yards on the ground. Gary Felder, a senior, has 10 touchdowns and Chris Littlejohn has nine. The Eagles have seven backs that have scored this season.
Quarterback Ty Lowe doesn’t throw the ball much. He is 41-of-70 for 525 yards and eight touchdown passes. The Eagles like to run the ball and make the defense stop them.
No one has really stopped the Eagles. Lexington Christian beat Fairview for its only loss of the season, but the Eagles still rang up three touchdowns in a 41-21 defeat.
Only one team has a better defensive average than the Eagles and that is Mayfield. Fairview allows just 10.3 points per game, while its offense averages 40.8.
The Yellow Jackets will have to come with its best defensive game to date. The one thing that might have gotten the Yellow Jackets ready for this game is their schedule. They have played the tougher schedule with the likes of North Laurel, Knox Central and Hazard.
The Yellow Jackets come in ranked seventh out of the sweet 16 while Fairview is right behind at 8th. With the home field, Williamsburg is a seven-point favorite. Williamsburg holds off the Eagles for a 35-28 win.
The Corbin Redhounds (9-2) will take on the Leslie County Eagles (4-7) for the second time this season. The Redhounds routed the Eagles the first time the two played in Hyden, 49-0. Can you really expect much to be different? Corbin is running the ball well and Ty Cobb is passing the ball well. Cobb had a break out party the last time the two played, throwing the ball for 166 yards. Matthew Taylor ran over the Eagles for 125 yards on just seven carries and scored four touchdowns.
The ‘Hounds got off to a slow start, but took care of business. I expect you will see more of that when the teams play at Gilliam Field Friday night. Look for the ‘Hounds to come away with a 55-6 win.
On the road again! That will be the theme for the Colonels (6-5) the next couple of weeks should they get past the Harlan County Black Bears. The first time the two played, Sept. 24, Harlan County running back Dylon Smith had a break out game and ran for 288 yards and four touchdowns.
Since that game Smith has only 327 yards and is averaging 54.5 yards per game. Marcus McMillian is nearing the 1,000-yard mark and leads the Black Bears with 16 touchdowns. Jordy Brewer, the quarterback has 13 touchdowns on the season while Smith has 11 TD’s.
Harlan County (9-2) averages 36 points per game and allows 16.4. The Black Bears scored 50 points in the win over Mercer County last week, with Brewer having a big night in the option offense. McMillian carried the ball for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Whitley County’s Cody Bramlett looked like a bull in a china shop last week as he ripped the Pulaski Southwestern defense for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Cody Bowlin ran for two touchdowns and 82 yards, but the big surprise was Jordan Chute, who had 97 yards and set up several of those touchdowns.
The defense played a perfect game. They would bend but never allowed Southwestern to break through for a touchdown.
Senior Jordan Singleton had three interceptions in the win, but I doubt you will see Harlan County throw the ball that much.
The Colonels are the underdogs once again. I heard coach Jim Black say he likes that role. I like it too, and see the Colonels pulling the upset, 34-28.