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PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Corbin Redhounds

By: Josh McKinney Email
By: Josh McKinney Email

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - A new era is set to begin in Corbin. "You can tell he loves it," says Tanner Powers, a senior running back/linebacker. "He loves us. He just brings it every day. He makes me want to get up and go to practice."

"That's why you play the game is to have fun," adds head coach Justin Haddix. "We're going to compete and we're going to play hard but we're going to have fun too."

Justin Haddix takes over the head coaching duties after spending four seasons at Perry Central. "It's just going to be, it's a major change; the coaching and everything around that. The defense is a big change," says senior linebacker Brian Nantz. "It's not as complicated."

"On defense it's just more fluid. We're flying to the ball. Everybody seems to be in at it," says Powers.

Haddix, who has played and coached the spread offense, brings his style to a program that is traditionally run-heavy. "We're not just going to be airing it out every time," explains Haddix, who quarterbacked Breathitt County to the 2002 Class 2A state championship. "We're doing these 7-on-7s. This is the kind of style we want to play. We want to play fast, but we're going to run the football too."

"You don't know what to expect so you're always going to stay on your toes," says Dalton Anderson, a senior fullback. "You're going to go 100 percent every time expecting the ball."

But whether it's on the ground or through the air these Redhounds are hungry for one thing. "District, region, state," says Anderson. "That's it."

"When I took this job that's what I wanted to do, I wanted to win championships and I want to be here," adds Haddix. "I think these kids are hungry for that, the community is hungry for that. I'm just excited to be here and that's what we're going to strive for."

"Growing up I've always watched Corbin football my whole life. I'm used to seeing Corbin win district championships and everything," says senior lineman Zach Ingle. "I think it would just be great to be a part of that."

Corbin begins its journey on August 22nd against Pulaski County in the Ray Correll Bowl.

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