Blazer Meets Bell for First Time This Season

Ashland Blazer will meet Bell County in the third round of the Kentucky Class AAA Playoffs Friday night. The two teams did not meet during the regular season, but know what is in store for Friday.

Ashland Blazer has not seen Bell County this year, except on film. According to Coach Leon Hart, Blazer has faced two similar opponents in Rockcastle(34-27 win in double overtime) and Prestonsburg(25-21 win). Earlier this season Bell County defeated Prestonsburg as well 27-23.

Hart, when asked how his team was heading into this weekend, laughingly said, "We're still playing, so we're still great."

Blazer is essentially a young team with five sophomores and one freshman seeing considerable minutes, but this team "is very sporadic on offense, solid on defense, and both are capable of big plays," Hart says. "Our defense is very fast and kept us in a lot of ballgames and gave us a chance to win," Hart continued.

Bell County is senior-laden and very capable of putting up big numbers. Bell County is led by Senior Running Back Shawn Robbins, who has amassed over 7,000 yards and over 100 touchdowns in his career. Hart, when asked if he would put eight men in the box to attempt to slow the running game of Bell County, laughed again, saying "We're going to put nine in there!"

Blazer, at one point in the season, lost three out of four ballgames and limped into the playoffs. When the playoffs started, Blazer's star player, Adam Clark, returned to the team after an injury during the fifth game of the season. Clark, a virtual renaissance man on the field, is the team's Free Safety, Tailback, and Punt Return-man. In the win against Rockcastle last week, Clark had 11 tackles and rushed for two touchdowns.

Hart will rely heavily on Clark, as well as Brandon Pennington. Pennington is a 6'4 295 pound offensive and defensive tackle.

With Pennington blocking for Clark, Hart hopes his team can keep the ball away from a Bell County offense that has outscored opponents 521-98 this season.

Look for a lot of scoring in this Class AAA Playoff matchup. This game will be won in the trenches and should go down to the last minute, meaning upon which team has the ball last, wins.

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