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FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: Campbell County at Knoxville Central

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By Chris Cannon

When: Friday

 

Where: Knoxville Central High School

 

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

 

Records: Campbell County (2-4, 1-3 District 3-AAA) at Knox Central (4-3, 4-1)

 

Previous meeting: Campbell County fell in last year’s District 3-AAA match-up between the Cougars and the Bobcats. Central scooted out of L. Hope Dossett Stadium with a 34-7 score.

 

Last week: Campbell County had a bye week last Friday night, giving them plenty of time to prepare for a tough Central team. On homecoming two weeks ago, the Cougars fell to Clinton to break the Dragons’ winless drought. Clinton managed to run the ball up the middle for most of their big plays, while only a few mistakes cost the Cougars dearly.

As for Central, a big third quarter last Friday night pushed them past the Dragons, 52-31. A 76-yard strike on the first play of the third quarter caught Clinton off guard as they had a 9-0 advantage to start the ball game. However, it wasn’t enough as the Bobcats rolled to a second half victory.

 

Keep an eye on: JaJuan Stinson is a beast. This guy will be the difference maker; if Campbell County stops him, they will win this game. In last week’s match-up against the Dragons of Clinton, Stinson ran for an eye-popping 416 yards on just 15 carries. He added five touchdowns, two of them going for 71 and 76 yards. In the third quarter alone, he ran six times for 268 yards and three touchdowns.

Campbell County’s downfall against Clinton was they weren’t able to stop the run up the middle. With a week off, the Cougars have had a chance to prepare for this shifty junior, as they play in Central territory.

Campbell County will have to fix those few mistakes they’ve been having. In their past two losses, to Hardin Valley and Clinton, only five plays separate them from victory. If Ethan Jeffers, Ethan Simpson and the rest of the Cougar squad play a flawless game, this one is theirs.