-- The Bell County Bobcats’ team statistics are the epitome of domination. Through seven games, the undefeated Bobcats have outscored opponents 312-21 (only St. X has given up fewer points, with 19).
The Bobcats cruised through their last major challenge of the regular season last week, rolling over Sheldon Clark 48-0. Bell will close the season with matchups against McCreary Central, Leslie County and Lexington Tates Creek.
-- According to a report on a Hazard radio show tonight, Hazard and Perry Central will not renew their football contract after this year. Perry Central coach Bert Browne said the decision came from Hazard High School’s administration.
Surely it’s a coincidence that the decision comes as Hazard prepares to take a step down in talent while the Commodores appear to be a team on the upswing. It’s gotta be a coincidence ... right?
-- Harlan senior Allen Hensley equaled his season high with 10 touches in last week’s loss to Williamsburg. Hensley ran four times for 24 yards and hauled in six catches for 53 yards, bringing his county-leading season total to 20 receptions.
-- Breaking news: Harlan County senior Nathaniel Gilliam has won the Army Iron Man award for his record-breaking performance against Middlesboro last week.
Gilliam is the third mountain player to earn the honor this season, following Perry Central’s Demetri Travis in Week 3 and Middlesboro’s Hunter Adams in Week 6.
-- The Knox Central Panthers have quietly put together a four-game winning streak that has lifted them into third place in this week’s Class 4A poll. The Panthers slipped past South Laurel 32-29 last week as Dexter Carnes ran for two touchdowns and Cory Smith passed for two.
-- With their hopes for a playoff berth already gone, the Fleming County Panthers finally broke into the win column last week, defeating Lewis County 29-20.
-- From the “small world” department: Both Estill County, who plays Harlan County tonight, and Jenkins, who plays Harlan tonight, last saw action against Phelps. The Engineers throttled the Hornets 60-0 two weeks ago, while the Cavs fell to the Hornets 6-0 last week.
-- It seems likely that Harlan County will stand between Somerset and a winning season. The 4-3 Briar Jumpers will play host to Casey County tonight and will travel to Corbin next week before closing the season at home against the Black Bears.
It’s at least somewhat likely that the two teams could meet again at some point during the playoffs.
-- Let’s end with some time travel:
Ten years ago: Nick Sturgill threw three touchdown passes and Scott Midkiff and John Blanton each scored two as Cumberland defeated Evarts 44-16.
Twenty years ago: Jason Carr scored the game-winning touchdown as Evarts edged Harlan 12-6.
Thirty years ago: Warren Henderson, Vic Mills and Leonard Raglin each scored in Harlan’s 22-8 win over Lynch.