2017-08-09 / Sports

LCC busy preparing for Knox Central

The Letcher County Central Cougars, under second-year coach Charles Matthews Jr., will open their new season at home Friday, August 18, against a very respectable Class 4A power in the Knox Central Panthers from Barbourville. Kick-off is 7:30 p.m.

The Panthers dropped to 4-6-1 last year under rookie coach Fred Hoskins. The tie was the result of severe weather ending their game at Henry Clay on September 16. The Panthers have posted won-loss records of 6-5 in 2013, 8-4 in 2014, and 8-5 in 2015 under coach Scott Russell.

The Panthers lost 15 players to graduation, but return ample experience in seven seniors and 11 juniors who played a lot of minutes last season. The Panthers and Cougars will be familiar with each other’s personnel having met earlier this summer in 7-on-7 passing practices.

In Coach Matthews’s inaugural season, the Cougars were 4-2 before entering district play and finishing 4-7. LCC also graduated 15 seniors with 11 being starters. The Cougars return depth in the line and at defensive secondary as well as at quarterback in junior Nick Sergent. Coach Matthews and his staff have been concentrating on developing running backs and receivers this summer.

Matthews’s weekly “Coaches Show” can be heard on WXKQ-FM at 7 p.m. beginning tomorrow (Thursday).

This Friday evening (August 11), LCC will host Meet the Cougars beginning at 5 p.m. Friday’s event is staged each August to introduce the community to the fall sports team members as well as to the band members, cheerleaders and dance team.

The Cougars will host a grid-a-rama following the fall sports introductions with Breathitt County, East Ridge and the Cougars scrimmaging each other in a round robin format.

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