Today, I caught up with Corbin's Hunter Grubb as we discussed the Corbin/Bell game, their move to Class 3A, and the Redhounds' winning streak at home against WYMT coverage area teams.
1. The Corbin Redhounds and the Bell County Bobcats will face off for the first time since the 2006 season. Talk about the matchup?
Hunter Grubb: I think it'll be a great game. We are both teams with a lot of pride and tradition. I know they lost a lot of seniors, but as always Bell co is Bell Co., and they will bring they're A game.
2. Once again, you guys lose another 1,000 yard rusher, but like every season, there is someone waiting in the wings. This season it’s Brady Foley. Talk about Brady and what he can bring to this team?
Hunter Grubb: Brady is a four year starter for us, and anyone that knows anything about Corbin football would know that's a big deal. He is an explosive player who brings a lot of energy and charisma to the team. He really isn’t new to any of this, because he helped carry the load last year. He knows his role and is ready to lead this team.
3. For years, the Redhounds has been known to have a dominant rushing attack. But this season you guys will be able to go to the air with Ty Cobb under center this season. Last year, he stepped up after filling in for Roman Mitchell. Talk about Ty’s game. What are his strengths?
Hunter Grubb: Ty is a very coachable player who is becoming very comfortable in our offense, and is also stepped up as a leader on the team. He has worked hard in the off season, and I think people will be pleased with how much he has improved as a player and a leader.
4. Corbin’s defense was hit and miss at times last season, but overall it was very solid, and you were second on the team in interceptions last season. What will the defense have to do this year to be even better than it was last season?
Hunter Grubb: I think any time we were thrown off on defense last year it was because of mental errors. I feel like as long as we can eliminate the mental mistakes, we will be just as good as anyone in the state on defense.
5. This season, the team moves up from Class 2A to Class 3A. How do you think the Redhounds will handle the adjustment?
Hunter Grubb: I think the team will adjust fine. We feel that we can compete at this level, and be a team that has a shot in the end. I think playing a tougher schedule will prepare us for the playoffs.
6. In the last 11 seasons, Corbin has won 10 or more games in a season. Last year, the team finished with 11. Is difficult living up to the expectations of winning all the time, or do you think it’s more of an intimidation factor when you play other teams?
Hunter Grubb: We feel that winning is part of the pride and tradition here at Corbin, and we won't settle for anything less. It also looks good on paper, and i'm sure other teams are aware that we win, and take pride in doing so.
7. You haven’t lost to a WYMT coverage area team at home since the Bell County game in 2006. How much of an advantage is home field for the Redhounds?
Hunter Grubb: There is nothing like playing on Campbell field on a Friday night. I would have to say it is definitely an advantage playing at home. Just the energy the crowd gives off! They play a big role in the game. And it's always great to know you have the whole community behind you, who loves and cares about the game as much as the team.