The Corbin Redhounds' football tradition runs deep

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - "I like to say, you know, football is Corbin, Corbin is football," said Chris Hart, who graduated from Corbin in 1987.

A program with as much history as any in Eastern Kentucky, football runs deep in the bloodlines of the Corbin community.

"We're not just playing for ourselves, we're playing for this community that loves football," said Corbin football head coach Justin Haddix. "We're playing for all the little things that all the people around here, and you know, they play with that on their shoulders."

Bloodlines like the Harts.

"My dad Dwayne Hart played for Corbin back in the 1950s, I played in the mid-'80s, and now my son is a senior and has been playing for the last four years and playing for a championship this Friday," said Chris Hart.

Hart now teaches at the high school and he experienced how important Corbin football was at a very young age.

"Funny story is my dad actually left my mother in early labor to go watch a Corbin football game with me," said Hart. "So that's how serious we take football here."

The Harts have lived and breathed Corbin football for generations, but what about one man who has seen it all?

"I saw my first Corbin football game when I was six years old," said Buddy Martin, a graduate of Corbin in 1954. "Never missed one since then."

Buddy Martin graduated in 1954 and has bled Corbin red his whole life.

"There isn't anyone mean enough to beat CHS," said Martin.

The Redhounds travel to Kroger Field looking to etch their names in the rich history that is Corbin football and bring home the program's fourth State title, something that would mean everything to the team and the community.

"It'd mean everything to me personally, but it'd mean everything to this town," Nate Smith, a Senior Defensive/Offensive Lineman.

"It'd mean the world to us to bring it back home to these people that have been supporting us since day one and been around this program for so long," said Noah Taylor, a Senior Linebacker/Running Back.

"We're playing for all the little things that all the people around here, and you know they play with that on their shoulders," said Haddix.

Corbin meets Central in the Class 3A State Championship Friday evening at 7 p.m.