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Eagles face unbeaten Hazard in quarters

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By Bobby Brockman

Campbellsville's trip to Hazard tomorrow night will be a venture only two other Eagle football contingents have made.

Only the 1998 and 1999 CHS teams have won two play-off games in the same campaign.

The 1998 squad downed Carroll County (45-0), Harrodsburg (21-14) and Louisville Holy Cross (17-16) before being eliminated by Mayfield (38-6).

A season earlier in 1997, the Eagles conquered Frankfort (53-6) and Holy Cross (34-12) before losing to Harrodsburg (14-7).

Also, the 1977 squad conquered Fort Campbell and lost to Frankfort for the regional championship. During that era, only the district titleholder advanced to the play-offs.

The Navy and Gold Bulldogs have two single-digit victories during their unbeaten season. Hazard edged Clay County 34-33 on Labor Day weekend in the C. Vernon Cooper Pride of the Mountains Classic at home in 4,500-capacity Daniel Field and also clipped Lynn Camp 17-13 on Oct. 26 on the road.

The Bulldogs average 42.4 points per game and allow 18.9.

Hazard has a balanced attack averaging more than 260 yards on the ground and 240-plus through the air.

Greg Adams (No. 24), a 5-11, 158-pound junior running back, rushed for more than 1,000 yards while quarterback Tyler Olinger (No. 1) was just under 1,000.

Josh Kidd (No. 10) has more than 1,000 yards receiving and had 10 TD catches before Friday's win over Cumberland.

Kidd, Joey Meehan (No. 23) and Michael Campbell (No. 9) all have more than 30 receptions.

Campbellsville and Hazard have never met on the football field.

Game time tomorrow is 7:30.

Eagle followers can the same route that they have made the last two weeks to Lynn Camp and Williamsburg until they get to London.

Instead of taking I-75 South, CHS fans need to stay straight and get on Daniel Boone/Hal Rogers Parkway and take the Jackson/Hazard exit (No. 59). Turn right onto KY-15 and four or so miles take a right on Bulldog Lane.

Hazard Bulldogs (12-0)

Aug. 24 at Letcher Co. Central 43-22

Aug. 31 Clay County 34-33

Sept. 7 Jenkins 42-7

Sept. 14 at Harlan 34-0

Sept. 21 Perry Co. Central 65-26

Oct. 5 at Evarts 56-27

Oct. 12 at Cumberland 46-20

Oct. 19 Pineville 50-7

Oct. 26 at Lynn Camp 17-13

Nov. 2 Lexington Christian 41-21

Nov. 9 Evarts 48-24

Nov. 16 Cumberland 33-27

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Although Campbellsville is the only area team still involved in the play-offs, there are several local connections involving teams still in post-season play.

Still remaining in Class A are Mayfield with defensive coordinator Brad Lawson, a Campbellsville High School and Campbellsville University graduate.

Frankfort was the Eagles' opening-game foe this year while Lexington Christian will be CHS' first-game opponent in 2008.

In Class 2A, Metcalfe County continues its solid gridiron success this decade while Bardstown, like Campbellsville, remains alive at 6-6 with an upset win last week at Danville.

In Class 3A, Henry County, coached by former CU defensive player Chris Engstrand, visits Paducah Tilghman, guided by Perry Thomas, the winningest coach in Campbellsville High School football history.

Also, Russellville, mentored by former Tiger quarterback John Myers, plays at Central, whose athletics director is Campbellsville High School graduate Marlon Miller.

Somerset, which defeated Taylor County twice this season, remains in contention for a state title.

In 4A, Fairdale' assistant AD is Derieco Irvin while Bell County is coached by Dudley Hilton, one of the state's winningest coaches.

There are also connections in 5A where unbeaten John Hardin is led by Mark Brown, who also had enormous success at Marion County and Nelson County.

In addition to Hazard and John Hardin, the other undefeated teams still remaining in the Bluegrass are Breathitt County in 3A, Lone Oak and Bell County in 4A, Highlands in 5A and St. Xavier in 6A.

There are no unbeatens left in 2A.

While Campbellsville and Bardstown are at 6-6, Oldham County (5-7) in 5A and Greenup County (5-7) in 4A battle in the quarterfinals with losing worksheets.