Middlesboro (0-4) continues their search for a victory as the Yellow Jackets travel to Paris (4-0) on Friday. Last week, Middlesboro lost to South Laurel, 35-19. The Greyhounds look to continue their undefeated streak after defeating Pineville 48-7 last week.
Defending the run
The Middlesboro defense has struggled throughout the year against the run. Against South Laurel, the team allowed 296 yards rushing. The defense allowed Cardinal running back Matt Harp to rush for 204 yards and two touchdowns on 31 attempts.
On the year, the defense has allowed 1,325 yards on the ground. The largest amount given up this season was against Whitley County. The Colonels ran for 447 yards against the Jackets.
Paris has been at the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to giving up rushing yards. On the year, the Greyhounds have allowed 329 yards on the ground. Against Pineville, the team only allowed 62 yards rushing.
The rushing attack
While the Jackets have not been able to pick up a victory this season, they have had success running the football. Against Whitley County, both Logan Capps and Chase Elliott ran for over 100 yards.
Isiah Williams had his breakout game against Pineville, where he ran for 149 yards and a touchdown on just 12 touches.
With the exception of their game against South Laurel, the majority of the touchdowns scored by Middlesboro have come from the running game.
The running game has aided Paris in their undefeated season as well. The team has two main threats coming out of the backfield — Koebe Garrard and James Clark.
While Garrard takes snaps at quarterback, he is listed as a running back by KHSAA. On the year, he has run for 306 yards on 44 carries and five touchdowns. He is averaging 77 yards per game.
Clark is the team’s leading rusher. He ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns against Pineville. He has 363 yards and three touchdowns on the year while averaging 91 yards per game.
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