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September 13, 2013

HOBSTETTER HOT ROUTES: Russell-Ashland rivalry is upon us


ASHLAND — Game of the Week

‰ Ashland at Russell. After an opening like that, I bet you couldn’t have guessed what the top game of the week was.

Both teams are coming off tough losses and are looking to right the ship against one another.

Russell is struggling to stop the run game, having just allowed 300 yards to Ironton in last week’s loss. Ashland looks to have a stronger running game than Ironton, with sophomore Quinton Baker already having totaled 511 yards in just three games.

The Tomcats are coming off a loss to George Washington that saw the Patriots roll off 21 straight points.

After being outgained on the ground in two straight games, look for the Tomcats' improving defense to focus on stopping the Russell run game.  


‰ Greenup County’s much-improved defense will probably gets its toughest test of the early season tonight in Raceland.

One of the main problems for the Musketeers this season has been stopping the passing game.

In Week 1, Lewis County quarterback Isaac Weddington lit up Greenup County for 191 passing yards. Last week, Fleming County had 244 yards through the air.

Tonight the Musketeers face Raceland quarterback Adam Elkins, who had 481 passing yards along with four touchdown throws.

‰ A quarterback leads the area in yards per game. West Carter’s Braden Brown gives a whole new meaning to "running quarterback."

With 475 yards in just two games, the sophomore is the overall leader in the area with a whopping 238 yards per game.

The Comets host Morgan County tonight as they look to continue its dominance over the Cougars. West Carter has won the last five meetings.  won the last five meetings.

‰ Lewis County looks for a 3-0 start. The last time the Lions started the season 3-0 was in 2005 under coach Corky Prater.

After a six-point win over Greenup County in Week 1 and a 12-point win over Bath County last week, Lewis County hosts a Nicholas County team that was pasted by West Carter, 55-0.

The Bluejackets don't get a break when it comes to defending quarterbacks.

Lewis County’s Weddington has thrown for five touchdowns in two games.

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