Healthy Corbin to test Casey

October 06, 2004|JILL ERWIN

LIBERTY - The Corbin Redhounds are finally healthy, and that could be bad news for Casey County.

Casey coach Andy Stephens said he expects Corbin's Brad Lawson to return for this week's Class AA district game against the Rebels. Lawson played in Corbin's season opener against Rockcastle County, but has not played since after rupturing his appendix.

Corbin (3-3) lost three in a row earlier this season, including a 36-7 loss to Bell County in which tailback and leading rusher Josh Ware didn't play, either. Corbin has had several key contributors miss at least one game this year.

But the Redhounds rebounded from the Bell loss for a 63-7 win over Middlesboro last week on the road, and Stephens said his team will have its hands full with an offense that's averaging 35.7 points a game (41.4 in its wins).


"The biggest thing they do is run a lot of different formations and try to catch you out of alignment," Stephens said. "We've got to focus in on knowing our alignments and how to adjust to their different formations."

The Rebels (0-6, 0-1) have struggled at times this year picking up plays and making adjustments. Stephens said the best thing he can do for his team is to try to simplify things and work on what is most important.

"We always try to work over the plays the other team runs, most of them at least," Stephens said. "This week, we're focusing more on lining up against their formations and keeping the number of plays to a minimum. We're looking at the 10 things they do the very best, maybe just five this week, and really focusing in on that."

Playing Redhounds in Corbin makes job even tougher

Playing at Corbin is a different challenge. The Redhounds beat Casey 48-14 last year at Casey, and Stephens said the job gets even tougher when you have to travel to Corbin's home field.

"You can be the better team by a couple of touchdowns, go to Corbin and still struggle to win," Stephens said. "It's a good football atmosphere and they love their football in Corbin. We've just got to stay focused on staying aggressive. That's the thing: if you don't play Corbin physical and hard, they will make it tough on you."

Casey struggled offensively for most of last week's game against Garrard County. The Rebels scored twice in the first half, but couldn't get anything going after that.

Stephens said that's because his team has become predictable.

"I feel like it's been a little easier to plan for us the last few weeks because we're not running as much with the I- (formation)," Stephens said. "This week, we're going to try to mix it up a litle bit. We'll run most of the same stuff, but we'll have different looks and try to take advantage of the surprises we can give them."

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