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Be Careful What You Wish For

Eddie Creech and the Harlan County Black Bears were called out last week and responded perfectly last Friday. Photo: twitter.com/DeepDarkHills

Don’t poke the bear! Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!

Most of us have been cautioned about doing things like this at some point(s) in our lives. Last week, the Perry County Central Commodores threw all caution to the wind prior to their game against the Harlan County Black Bears.

Wow. There’s so much to break down in there.

First, let’s give credit where credit is due, the video is put together pretty well. They did a nice job with it.

Now let’s move on to the content of what was said and how it was said. When it came to calling shots, PCC covered all of the bases. The Commodores were 7-1 going into the game with Harlan County and said they “we’re about to win district, we’re about to go 9-1 and we’re about to make history.” It was all there for the taking for the Commodores, not only were they going to beat Harlan County to secure their first district championship, they were also going to win the season finale at Prestonsburg the following week.

As for ” the meanest defense in the state”. The Jacksonville Jaguars arguably had the meanest defense in the NFL a few short weeks ago and my how times have changed for them. More on that later.

“This isn’t two years ago, this is now.” What’s that about? Well, when the Black Bears last traveled to Commodore Field in 2016 they lit up the scoreboard and left Perry very much alive with a 74-49 victory. PCC was all about getting that bad taste out of their mouths this time around.

“Ain’t nobody leaving Perry alive.” Well that’s just trolling at its finest and it’s not even very original or creative, but once you started watching this video and saw the direction it was going you knew that a reference to You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive was coming at some point. Not a shock at all that someone went there. This song is over two decades old and has been covered many times by various different artists and popularized by the hit TV show Justified but for those of you who may not be familiar with it check out the video below.

“Open season . . . we’re killing all the Black Bears.” Again, not the most creative smack in the world but it’s a good go to line to make a hunting reference when fixing to play the Black Bears. He also spiced it up by pumping his shotgun as he was talking.

As for the outcome of the game: Harlan County 40 Perry County Central 14. HCHS (3-5) is just doing what they do in the second half of the season. They have now won three out of their last four games and are peaking at the right time just like last season when they won six of their last seven. The Black Bears scored on the ground through the air, on special teams and also notched a defensive touchdown. The meanest defense in the state gave up 222 yards on the ground and another 122 in the passing game.

I talked briefly with Black Bears head coach Eddie Creech last night and he said that one of the HCHS player’s father had seen the PCC hype video and showed it to him and the team at practice. It goes without saying, but this obviously fired the team up. As an “old competitor” he said that he felt the same way too. They took a TV with them to the game and had the part with the young man pumping his shotgun to kill all the Black Bears playing on a loop in the locker room.

To be fair, this wasn’t two years ago. Two years ago Harlan County won by 25 points, this past Friday night they did one better and won by 26. If you add in last year’s 38-14 Black Bears victory it’s safe to say that the more things change in this series, the more they stay the same.

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