H.S. FOOTBALL | County Connection: Corbin Redhounds Hope To Go All The Way This Season

08/30/2017 10:55 AM

In 2016 the Corbin Redhounds finished the season with a 12-2 record, falling to the eventual 3-A State Champions, the Belfry Pirates, in the fourth round of the playoffs- one game shy of the state final. They went 7-1 in the region, and a perfect 5-0 in the district.

“Right now it’s state or bust,” said junior linebacker Grant Gibson.

That’s the mentality the Redhound football team carries with them each game. State or bust.

“Obviously we got to take care of everything first. We got to win our district, win our region, got to do it there, but you know, our saying this year is ‘The hunt for number six’ and we’re in the hunt for the sixth state championship for our school and you know, it’s something we talk about and we want that kind of consistent effort all throughout the season,” Fourth year Head Coach Justin Haddix explained. “In the workouts and everything we do, we’ve got to bring that championship effort all the time.”

Corbin has consistently been in the playoff hunt- last year one game out from the title game, and for the players it stings.

“When I was a freshman, I came in with a great bunch of kids and they, the seniors showed us that, you know, you got to be hard-nosed and they lost a heart breaker to Louisville Central that year and the next year, I thought, just you know, we got to rebuild and come back and we lost to Belfry my sophomore year and then junior year we thought we had it and lost it so this year we’re just going to try to step up and try to win it,” said senior quarterback Camron Sizemore.

Coach Haddix said this team has the drive to make their goal of getting back on top a reality.

“We’re competitive. I said that’s something we do in practice, we’ve got a competitive bunch and you know, we got down and we’re down and we didn’t panic,” Haddix told Spectrum News. “You know, some teams you get now these days, when you get down, everything not going right then they put their head down and just lay down and our kids continue to fight and that’s something as a coaching staff we really enjoy about them.”

So the hunt is on. Not just for the team, but for the entire city. With the heartbreak of 2016, they’re ready to meet the high expectations of 2017.

“It was a heart-breaker, but this year now we’re just going to knock down the door. That’s our whole big thing and the hunt for six, so that’s what we’re going to do this year,” Sizemore explained.

Gibson agreed.

“Corbin, there’s so much pride and tradition and I just really want to make all past alumni and my city proud.”

Corbin is off to a 2-0 start with wins over Whitley County and Alcoa (TN). Their schedule doesn’t ease up, though. Friday, they face Pulaski County, who has played for the state title four-straight years. After that, they head to Beechwood, the reigning 1-A State Champs. After that, they face Mayfield, another traditional powerhouse, at a neutral site.

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