Following a late game defeat to Hazard last week, Pineville (0-1) will host visiting Jackson County (1-0) on Friday. Jackson, who resides in Class 3A, defeated Berea 28-12 last week to start the season off undefeated.
The Mountain Lions will be looking to rebound after playing excellent defense for three quarters before a late game surge by the Bulldogs left them on the wrong side of a 35-14 loss. The Generals will be looking to stay undefeated against 1A competition.
Pineville’s Tucker Woolum had a strong game against Hazard last week. The junior quarterback completed 12 of his 20 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. He threw two interceptions during the game as well.
In addition to a decent game through the air, he also led the team in rushing with 51 yards on 18 carries.
Minimal information was available on Jamie Burkhart, who is listed as Jackson County’s quarterback. While KHSAA lists no passing offense for the team, Burkhart converted one 2-point conversion during the game against Berea.
According to Pineville head coach Bart Elam, the Generals are more of a run first team. “It’s a totally different opponent as far as the makeup of the team,” said Elam. “Jackson County will probably be more of a run first team.”
Against Berea, Jackson County racked up 442 yards rushing. The majority of those yards came from junior Myles Hurst. He totaled 335 yards on 22 carries. He also finished the game with three touchdowns.
Alex Jones tallied 54 yards and a touchdown on five carries, and Preston Young ran for 53 yards on nine carries for the Generals.
Pineville’s rushing game was held to a minimum against the Bulldogs last Friday. Outside of Woolum’s 51 yards, Brad Fuson ran for 18 yards on 11 carries.
Nike Mason and Will Adams carried most of the load receiving. Both players scored touchdowns on six and five receptions, respectively. Mason finished the game against Hazard with 75 yards, while Adams finished with 37.
Elam praised his defense last week for their effort against the Hazard offense. This week, they will play an opponent that will run the ball more often. The Mountain Lion defense allowed 228 yards rushing against the Bulldogs.
With the exception of running back Cory Smith, Pineville was able to contain much of the Hazard rushing attack. The team also allowed 247 yards through the air.
Luke Kelly led the Mountain Lions with eight tackles. Tyler Givens and Phillip Bruner both had six tackles. Adams was also able to rack up a significant amount of tackles with five.
Jackson County was led by Deondre Tate, who racked up 12 solo tackles in route to 18 total tackles, against Berea. Michael Wilson was the second leading tackler with seven for the Generals.
Jackson County allowed 198 yards and one touchdown through the air against the Pirates.
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