Maroons overcome sluggish start to hold back Wayne County; Corbin up next

Pulaski County senior Jake Sloan dives for extra yardage in the Maroons season opener against Lexington Catholic in the Don Franklin Bowl. On Friday night at Wayne County, Sloan helped his club ice a win over the Wayne County Cardinals, by returning an onsides kick late in the contest for a 35-27 Pulaski County victory.
Photo by Nick Hibbard


The Pulaski County Maroons will be looking to get over the .500 mark on Friday night, as Johnny Hines and crew will have the daunting task of trying to take down a state title contender on the road at Corbin.

However, the one thing PC has going for itself is momentum heading into this week’s clash against the homestanding Redhounds.

The Maroons — with their backs squarely against the proverbial wall last week — rallied from an early, 14-0 deficit on the road against a very good Wayne County team to take down the Cardinals by a final count of 35-27.

And, it was a total team effort.

Drew Polston threw 64-yard and 51-yard touchdown passes to Grant Oaks in the first half, helping erase that early deficit and giving Pulaski County a 15-14 lead at the break.

Oaks had three receptions for 130 yards and those two touchdown receptions, while Polston connected on 18-24 pass attempts for 222 yards and those two TD’s.

Thanks to the Polston to Oaks combination, the Maroons led Wayne County 15-14 at halftime, and that’s when Tristan Cox took over.

The workhorse in the Maroons backfield, Cox rushed for a team-high 128 yards on 14 carries, and Polston scored two second half touchdowns on the ground, helping Hines and crew to win number one on the season.

Senior Jake Sloan — coming off a 14-catch, 196 yard performance in the Maroons season opener against Lexington Catholic in the Don Franklin Bowl — was held in check for the most part by Wayne County, with only six receptions for 50 yards.

But, as all great players do, Sloan found a way to get his team over the hump and to a much-needed victory at crunch time.

With just over two minutes left in Friday night’s contest, and PC clinging to a 29-27 lead after a Wayne County touchdown, Sloan cleanly scooped up the Cards’ onsides kick, and raced down the sideline untouched for a TD, sealing the deal and putting the final nail in Wayne County’s coffin.

So, PC — now 1-1 on the young season — will take a ton of momentum into Corbin on Friday night, to take on a Redhound team that is 2-0 on the season, and is coming off of last Saturday’s 35-17 win over Notre Dame out of Chattanooga, Tenneessee.

Kickoff for this Friday’s contest at Corbin between the Maroons and Redhounds is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m.

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