Wayne County enters district play on Friday October 11 at Lincoln County and appears to be one of the favorites in a very competitive Class 4A District 7.
The new district includes Wayne County, Corbin, Lincoln County and
last year's state semifinalist in 4A Knox Central. All of the teams
are at the midway point of their schedules and let's take a look at
how the district might shake out.
Wayne County (4-1)
The Cardinals have been the most impressive to this point of the
season with mercy-clock wins over Rockcastle County (62-27),
Southwestern (44-6) and Harlan County (55-22), along with a season-
opening win over Shelby County (41-30).
The lone loss was to Class 5A Pulaski County (35-27) and the
strength of the season has been the big-play capabilities of All-
State candidate and junior running back Braedon Sloan. Sloan leads
the state with 23 total TDs with 82 touches for 1149 total yards of
Wayne County is averaging an eye-popping 45.8 points per game and
allowing 24 points per contest. The big key down the stretch will be
the improvement of the defense and the offense using the passing of
Brody Weaver to connect with Thomas Spencer, Tito Ruiz, Dylan Godsey
and Carson Simpson to take some of the pressure off the running game.
The Cards will be probably be the favorites the remainder of the
schedule but beating Corbin and winning at Campbell Field is
something the program has only done once in school history.
The Redhounds own wins over Whitley County (35-21) and Chattanooga
Notre Dame (35-17) and their losses have been to Pulaski County
(23-22) and a surprising loss at Beechwood (26-10), as the squad is
averaging 25.5 points and allowing 21.8 per outing.
Corbin lost a lot off the Class 3A State Runner-Up team from last
season, but the talent is there and with experience this could be the
most dangerous team in the district. Sophomore UK offer Trey
Longmire will be counted on to spark the offense down the stretch, as
will freshman quarterback Cameron Combs.
Lincoln County (3-3)
The Patriots are just a couple plays from being 5-1 as the squad has
overtime losses to East Jessamine (42-35) and North Laurel (25-24),
along with a loss last week to highly regarded Anderson County (28-14).
The team has looked good in wins over Woodford County (21-14),
South Laurel (42-15) and West Jessamine (42-15) averaging just under
30 points per game and allowing 23 points per contest. Spencer
Crutchfield did a remarkable job leading the team to a postseason
road win and seven wins last season, so the Pats are very capable of
beating anyone in the district and pulling an upset along the way.
Knox Central (1-5)
The Panthers are the defending Class 4A region champions and return
a wealth of experience back, but some key injuries and a brutal
schedule has the squad reeling.
Knox Central is averaging just 13.8 points per game and allowing
25.3 points, as their losses have come against teams with a combined
record of 23-4. A big key down the stretch will be getting back
healthy and moving the football, as the Panthers have a very talented
quarterback in Brady Worley and a good supporting cast, to go along
with one of the most aggressive defenses in the area.
Knox and Lincoln County should be a very interesting matchup, but
can the Panthers score enough to knock-off Wayne County or Corbin?
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