2017-09-06 / Sports

Hazard too tough for visiting LCC


Above, Letcher Central senior Blake Brashears jumped for a pass, but was unable to come up with the pass, but the Hazard defense was called for pass interference on the play. Above, Letcher Central senior Blake Brashears jumped for a pass, but was unable to come up with the pass, but the Hazard defense was called for pass interference on the play.

The Cougar defense stepped up to start the second half and forced Hazard to go three and out. Kaleb Mullins gained eight yards on a run up the middle. On fourth and two, Mullins used great second effort to gain just enough for the first down. The drive stalled from there, however, and LCC had to punt. Quarterback Nick Sergent was hurt during the series and was replaced by Garrett Sergent for the remainder of the game.

With Hazard firmly in control, Blair used a play action to find Whitaker for a 33-yard reception that led to a Matthew Francis four yard touchdown run up the middle. The extra point made it 42-6 and per KHSAA rules a running clock for the remainder of the game.

Letcher Central then had the best offensive drive of the game. Hunter Campbell gained 16-yards on a sweep play. On the next play, Campbell showed great vision cutting inside on a designed outside run for 17 yards. Then Garrett Sergent completed a 14-yard pass to Lucas on a seam route. The drive culminated with a 33-yard touchdown run by Campbell. The extra point was no good and made the final score 42-12 after the Bulldogs ran the clock out to end the game.

Nick Sergent completed five passes on 12 attempts for 136 yards and a 90- yard touchdown to Blake Brashears before leaving early in the third quarter. Kealan Lucas had an impressive game with four catches for 49 yards. Hunter Campbell carried the ball six times for 64 yards and a touchdown. Kaleb Mullins had 20 yards rushing on eight attempts.

Hopefully, Letcher Central’s offense can carry some of the momentum from the last scoring drive into upcoming games.

Jon Sergent, who had 10 tackles, again led the defense. Kealan Lucas and Leyton Polly each had six tackles. Blake Brashears had an interception for the lone turnover created by LCC.

Beginning with Friday’s game against Union, the young Cougars need to stick together as a team and continue to try to improve on a week-to-week basis with their focus on upcoming district games that start in three weeks.

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