All Eagle play-off roads will go through Hazard

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First CHS must beat Harlan at home

By Bobby Brockman


If you’re not from Eastern Kentucky, more than likely you get Harlan and Hazard mixed up. Harlan is in Harlan County while Hazard is in Perry County.
The similarities end there, especially when it comes to high school football.
This will be the first meeting between Campbellsville and Harlan on the gridiron. However, the Eagles and Green Dragons did meet in the Touchstone Energy Fifth Region All “A” Classic basketball tournament in Richmond.
Hazard, on the other hand, has been a post-season nemesis of Campbellsville since the new alignment began in 2007.
The Eagles had conquered district foes Lynn Camp and Williamsburg to reach the region title game. And, four years later, CHS had bested Pineville only to have to travel back to the Perry County school in the second round.
Campbellsville could have hosted the Bulldogs for the region crown in 2009, but was upset by Raceland in its second home play-off game.
If coach Dale Estes’ Eagles can conquer Harlan this Friday, more than likely it will mean another venture back to Eastern Kentucky since Hazard is the dominant favorite to crush Lynn Camp.
But, first CHS must best the Green Dragons at home and the Eagles are only about a touchdown favorite over the 2-8 visitors.
Harlan owns a 58-35 win over Rye Cove (Va.) and a 33-0 district triumph against Jenkins. The common foe between the Green Dragons and Eagles is Lynn Camp, who squeezed past Harlan 29-28 but lost to Campbellsville 40-0.
The Green Dragons’ top rusher is senior Cory Chorak (33), who had 816 yards on 168 attempts before the 52-7 setback to Haysi (Va.) in the regular-season finale last week.
Chorak is also the top scorer with 63 points coming on nine rushing touchdowns, three two-point conversions and three extra-point kicks.
Junior Tanner Morris (13) has passed for 491 yards and three scores with senior wide receivers Colby Wilson (14) and Samuel Burkhart (86) having 19 and 14 catches, respectively. Andrew Brock (55), junior Tye Patrick (33) and Travis Laws (62) are the top tacklers with 46, 40 and 38 hits, respectively.
The other bracket has Jenkins at Williamsburg and Berea at Pineville.