There is nothing like High School football this time of the year and this weekend was no exception. In the Bluegrass Sports Nation Game of the Week, the Hazard Bulldogs defeated a very good Harlan County Blackbears in Hazard by the score of 17-6. Harlan was coming off their season opening win with high expectations against 2016 Class “A” State Tournament runner up, the Hazard Bulldogs. Hazard’s defense would not allow that to happen as they held Harlan to 182 yards in total offense. Hazard ran the ball for 148 yards led by Corey Smith with 122 yards and 2 scores. Hazard’s defense also accounted for 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.
In what is being called an instant classic, Corbin defeated Alcoa TN 22-21 in a very tough matchup for the Redhounds. Darrin Spencer, BSN Contributor noted, “Last week I wrote that the atmosphere at the Whitley-Corbin game was one of the best I had been around for a high school game, well that was good for about a week. The 2017 Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic was one that many people will not forget, especially Corbin fans and players. The second game of the night featured the Redounds playing the Tornadoes of Alcoa High School, a powerhouse program in Tennessee. The Hounds defeated the Tornadoes 22-21 in overtime and will go down as one of the classic games in Corbin history.”
In other games across the mountains, Jenkins fell to 0-2 with a 54-0 loss to Twin Valley VA., Belfry was upended by Huntington WVA. 45-34. Bell County, with Dudley Hilton back at the reigns defeated LCC 34-7. Floyd Central continued to impress with a 43-0 win over Betsy Layne. Johnson Central squeezed by Capitol WVA. 31-20. Knott Central continued their early season success under new coach Larry Maggard by defeating Sheldon Clark 34-0. Knott will travel to Perry Central for Bluegrass Sports Nation’s game of the week Friday, September 1st. Magoffin fell to Lawrence County 55-14 and Prestonsburg was beaten by North Laurel 28-6. Paintsville continued to roll with a 37-0 win over Harlan Ind. Perry Central dismantled the Breathitt Bobcats 51-6. Somerset upended Williamsburg 25-8 and West Carter barely got by Powell County 41-39. Whitley ran rough shod over Leslie County 41-13.