Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

September 27, 2013

KYLE HOBSTETTER: Postseason peeking from the horizon

ASHLAND — Starting this week, games begin having playoff implications.

Tonight, schools in Class 3A, District 6 and Class 4A District 8 begin their district schedules as the fights for postseason spots get under way.

In 3A-6, six teams are vying for four playoff spots and each team looks capable of claiming one.

The early favorite seems to be Mason County (4-0). The Royals are led by an impressive defense that is allowing only 15 points per game.

Mason County’s defense will go up against East Carter tonight. The Raiders have found an offensive groove the past two games, scoring 38 against Bath County and 33 against Lawrence County.

West Carter (2-2) has been putting up big offensive numbers behind quarterback Braden Brown. But Brown, who has 886 yards of total offense, is listed as “very doubtful” for tonight’s game against Russell with a severe ankle sprain.

That will help Russell (2-2). The Red Devils have allowed 14 PPG and single-digit points in three of their four games.

Lewis County (3-1) travels to Fleming County (0-4) in the battle of offenses who aren’t scared to throw the ball.

Lewis County quarterback Isaac Weddington has 417 yards passing and eight touchdowns through the air. Fleming County quarterback Jacob Boyd has 671 yards on 130 pass attempts.

In Class 4A, District 8, Johnson Central (4-0) is undoubtedly the heavy favorite. The Golden Eagles are outscoring opponents 57-14 and went through the district unscathed last season.

Boyd County (0-4) travels to Johnson Central tonight as it stands little chance of breaking its losing streak.

Ashland (3-2) travels to Rowan County (1-4) and, after last week’s win over Ironton, the Tomcats finally seemed to have hit their stride.

Greenup County (2-3) is enjoying an idle week after a big win.

The two districts are polar opposites — one seemingly wide-open and one with a heavy favorite — but both will have a lot of drama to offer in the coming weeks. Who knows? ... There could be a surprise waiting for us when all the games are done.

Game of the Week

-Lawrence County at Raceland.
Lawrence County has challenged itself, but it faces the first big road test of the season tonight.

The game could come down to the team’s play-making quarterbacks. Raceland’s Adam Elkins leads the area in passing with 141.1 yards per game and has thrown eight touchdowns on the young season.

Lawrence County features A.J. Cyrus, who averages 121 yards per game on the ground and has found the end zone on the ground nine times. He also has four touchdowns through the air.

While a shootout is possible, this is a perfect opportunity for the defenses to make a statement.

Audibles

-Paintsville is quietly becoming a contender. With a roster that features only 30 players, Paintsville is putting together a great season.

The Tigers are 4-1, with their one loss coming against perennial Class A contender Pikeville, a 28-21 outcome.

Paintsville is led by sophomore running back Kent Phelps, who averages 124.8 yards per game, and senior quarterback Mark Fannin — he’s second in the area with 108 yards per game.  

-Johnson Central turns to a more local schedule. After four games featuring out-of-area, out-of-state and even out-of-country opponents, Johnson Central will start playing area teams consistently.

The Golden Eagles, coming off a huge 36-14 win over Harlan County, are eyeing a special season. They have a five-game winning streak against Boyd County.

Johnson Central goes to Ironton next week before settling back into its district.

-Can Rowan County end the losing streak against Ashland? Coming into tonight’s game in Morehead, Ashland has never lost to Rowan County.

The Tomcats are 15-0 against the Vikings.

Rowan County’s defense has struggled, allowing more than 44 points per game. Tomcats running back Quinton Baker and his 164 rushing yards per game could deliver more bad news to the Vikings.   

Into The Airwaves

Tonight’s radio coverage:


Ashland at Rowan County (WBVB 97.1-FM, WMOR 106.1-FM); Boyd County at Johnson Central (wlgcradio.com, 98.9 WSIP-FM); Russell at West Carter (WLGC 105.7-FM, WUGO 99.7-FM); East Ridge at Fairview (wlgcradio.com); Lawrence County at Raceland (WZAQ 92.3-FM); Portsmouth at Ironton (WIRO 1230-AM); Lewis County at Fleming County (WKKS 104.9-FM).

Shameless Plug

For scores, news and other tidbits about the area sports scene, follow me on Twitter (@KHobstetter). You can also follow sports editor Aaron Snyder (@DindependentQB) who will retweet anyone who says something nice about his weekly picks.

KYLE HOBSTETTER can be reached at khobstetter@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2658.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014

  • Genuine throwback

    Todd Eastham is disproving the old cliche, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

    July 23, 2014

  • MARK MAYNARD: Looking for those who inspire

    Inspirtation, they say, comes from within. It is defined as an inspiring or animating action or influence.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722KYPGA_152.jpg Jones tops Gillum in playoff at Eagle Trace

    Ashland senior golfer Logan Jones didn't shoot his average Monday.
    He didn't mind.
    His three-over par 75 and one-hole playoff win over Elliott County junior Ryan Gillum gave him the Boys Open division title in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour stop at Morehead State University's Eagle Trace Golf Course.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 102213_329a.jpg Raceland tabs Clark as new girls basketball coach

    Jason Clark has a reputation of being — to use his word — “passionate” on the Raceland volleyball sideline.
    He plans to bring that same approach as the Lady Rams’ new basketball coach.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0305region2_389.jpg Pass the Mayo: East sophomore PG, Lady Raiders preparing for winter run

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0718spinda.jpg Steelers super fan Spinda to be recognized in Florida

    Shawn Spinda doesn’t have to use speech to profess his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    All it takes is a quick glance for a person to get the picture.
    But to absorb the whole picture, you’ll need to clear your schedule.
    Spinda is one of several fanatics who will be recognized at the Sports Fans Conference in Orlando, Florida, which is set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He is a “What a Fan” NFL Fan of the Year nominee.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0703rfLL0204.jpg Little League State Baseball: Ready to run

    Morehead 11- and 12-year-old All-Star baseball manager Toby Gardner collectively likened his team to a racehorse.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0717prokick1.jpg Prokicker.com camp Eleven Ashland Tomcat football players were part of the Ray Guy Prokicker.com camp at Huntington High. The high-profile camps are put on all over the country. Rick Sang, an Ashland native who befriended Guy 20 years ago, is the camp's founder.

    July 16, 2014

  • 0716fbpractice0105.jpg Four-down territory: Making summer football practice pit stops

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
    The popular Monday night catchphrase filled my room on Tuesday morning as my new alarm sounded off at 7 a.m.

    July 16, 2014 5 Photos