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November 2, 2012

Maroons begin postseason as favorite over Letcher Central

Somerset —  

The Pulaski County Maroons’ run in the post season kicks off tonight, and Johnny Hines’ club is at the exact spot it wanted to find itself in way back in mid-July when practice first began — at home.
And, not only are the Maroons beginning post-season play in the friendly confines of PC Field, but Pulaski County has several things going for it tonight as Hines and company welcome in the Letcher County Central Cougars for the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.
PC — 7-3 on the season — is a prohibitive favorite over Letcher County Central tonight for a myriad of reasons.
Number one, the Cougars have struggled all season long, going just 2-8 on the year, but Paul Rains’ club is coming off of last week’s impressive, 62-29 win on the road over Greenup County.
However, that win is somewhat tarnished due to the simple fact the Musketeers with last week’s loss to Letcher County Central finished the campaign winless, with an 0-10 record in 2012.
Number two, history — make that all kinds of history — is on Pulaski’s side this evening.
Since 2007, the Maroons have been virtually unbeatable at home, posting a 29-4 record over that span at PC Field — good enough for a winning percentage of .878.
In the history of PC football, the Maroons are 7-0 at home in playoff games, never tasting defeat at PC Field in the post season.
And, the only other time the Cougars and Maroons have met on the gridiron came back in 2009, when PC toppled Letcher County Central 31-14 to win Pulaski’s first and only regional championship.
So, with all the above being said, Letcher County Central has no shot whatsoever this evening, right?
Not so fast, according to Hines.
The PC coach says that, despite the fact the deck may seemingly be stacked heavily tonight in the Maroons favor, Hines feels like his team will have its hands full tonight against a Letcher County Central team that he believes is a whole lot better than the Cougars 2-8 record would indicate.

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