Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 5, 2013

HOBSTETTER HOT ROUTES: Eating some Lewis County crow

(Continued)

ASHLAND — Game of the week

‰Johnson Central at Ironton. Johnson Central is on a roll but, for the first time in school history, the Golden Eagles will make an appearance at Tanks Memorial Stadium.

As many of us know, anything can happen at Tanks, but the fact is the Tigers are struggling to stop people.

That’s not a good problem to have with Johnson Central’s trio of running backs. Last week against Boyd County, Daymion Belcher (101 yards), Jordan Young (86) and Josh Dillon (34) led the Golden Eagles to 333 rushing yards.

Even if Ironton stops the rushing attack, Johnson Central has shown it can also throw the ball — the Golden Eagles were 6 of 9 for 90 yards through the air last Friday.

Audibles

‰Fairview loses Isaiah King. The junior could be out for the season with a broken collarbone, according to Eagles coach Nathan McPeek.

Heading into Thursday's game against Pike County Central, King was second the team in carries (45) and rushing touchdowns (five) and third on the team in rushing yards with 407.

King’s absence won’t be huge on offense, as Tanner Dolen, Kurtlen Brown and Armonde Yetts can carry the load in the backfield.

But the junior’s presence will be felt in the defensive secondary, where week after week he made plays.

‰The last time Boyd County defeated Ashland was in 2003. In Dane Damron’s second year as head coach, the Lions pulled off the regular season-ending 34-14 win over the Tomcats.

Since then, the Tomcats have reeled off 10 straight wins against its district rival, including a rematch in the 2003 playoffs that was two weeks after the last loss.

After being held to just 24 yards rushing last week, look for the Tomcats to let Quinton Baker loose against the Lions.

‰The battle of Carter County could come down to the quarterbacks. After missing last week, West Carter coach Kevin Brown said he expects quarterback Braden Brown back in action.

Even after sitting out, Brown still leads the area in rushing yards and yards per game. But the Comets managed to gain only 102 yards of offense without him against Russell.

As has been the case all season, East Carter wants to rely on senior quarterback Cole McClain, who struggled last week against Mason County.

McClain will have an easier time this week against West Carter. The Comets defense has been giving up big plays, allowing more than 34 points per game.

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