2017-11-01 / Sports

Cougars fall just short, but offense finds gear

By DEREK BARTO


Letcher County Central’s Hunter Campbell faced off against a Floyd Central defender as he moved the ball upfield in the Cougars’ season-ending loss Friday night. The game was high-scoring and exciting, but ended in a 68-55 loss. (Photo by Chris Anderson) Letcher County Central’s Hunter Campbell faced off against a Floyd Central defender as he moved the ball upfield in the Cougars’ season-ending loss Friday night. The game was high-scoring and exciting, but ended in a 68-55 loss. (Photo by Chris Anderson) Letcher Central lost a shootout to Floyd Central in the season fi- nale by a score of 68-55. LCC overcame a 25-point second-quarter deficit to get the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to take the lead. Despite amassing almost 600 yards of total offense, the Cougars fell just short of their first victory of the season.

On the first LCC possession, receiver Kalin Branham caught a short Nick Sergent pass, juked a defender and raced down the sideline for a 53-yard gain. A couple plays later Jon Sergent scored on a 3-yard run up the middle. The extra point was blocked but LCC quickly had a 6-0 lead.

Floyd Central quarterback Dylan Caudill fumbled on the ensuing drive and the ball was recovered by LCC senior Kaleb Mullins.


McKenzie Watson grew up in a family of Louisville fans but always knew she wanted to play volleyball at Kentucky. (Vicky Graff Photo) McKenzie Watson grew up in a family of Louisville fans but always knew she wanted to play volleyball at Kentucky. (Vicky Graff Photo) The Cougars went 3 and out and Caudill returned the punt to the LCC 40-yard line.

On 3rd and 6, Elijah Cotton came in motion and gained 19 yards on a jet sweep. Josh Whitaker finished the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run out of the wishbone formation. Whitaker also ran in a two-point conversion to give Floyd Central an 8-6 lead with 5:00 left in the first quarter.

Hunter Campbell had a 26-yard run to move the ball near midfield. On the next play, Nathan Short gained 22 yards on a counter play. Floyd Central then recovered a LCC fumble at its own 15-yard line to stop the scoring threat.

Receiver Caleb Hager caught passes of 38 and 19 yards to set up a 3-yard touchdown run by fullback Dustin Huff. Huff scored the two-point conversion on a dive play to make it 16-6 Jaguars.

Letcher Central successfully went to a short passing attack on the next drive. Sergent completed consecutive slant routes to Blake Brashears for gains of 8 and 11 yards. Jalon Pratt then caught two in routes for 11 and 12 yards, which led to a 27-yard touchdown catch by Brashears on a deep post. Zach Dollarhyde made the extra point to cut the lead to 16-13 with 10:22 left in the second quarter.

Floyd Central answered with an 8-play drive capped off by a 6-yard touchdown run by Cotton. The two-point conversion was successful to increase the lead to 24-13.

On 4th and 4, Sergent threw a perfect pass to Campbell on a wheel route for a 49-yard touchdown to make it 24-19 after the two-point attempt was no good.

The Jaguars struck back quickly with a 5-play 48-yard touchdown drive culminating in a 1-yard run by Huff for a score of 30-19 after the LCC defense stuffed the twopoint rushing attempt.

Sergent got sacked on fourth down on the next drive for a turnover on downs which Floyd Central took advantage of with 25-yard touchdown run by Dalton Boyd. Whitaker ran in the two-point conversion for a 19-point lead.

Dustin Huff jumped a slant route for a 49-yard interception return for a score and just like that LCC found itself trailing 44-19.

Letcher Central showed the resiliency it exhibited the entire year and not only did it not quit but it almost completed an epic comeback.

Mullins had runs of 13 and 18 yards to start the drive for the Cougars. Sergent then scrambled for a 23-yard gain to set up 6-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw to make it 44-25 right before halftime.

Hunter Brashear intercepted a Caudill pass and returned it 44 yards deep into Floyd Central territory. Sergent broke contain for a 10-yard touchdown run and found his brother Jon alone in the end zone for two-point conversion to cut the lead to 44-33.

Brady Conn caught a 34-yard pass on 4th and 7 for a Jaguars conversion which led to a 4-yard touchdown run by Huff. The score was 52-33 after the two-point conversion was successful.

LCC answered with a 44-yard bomb from Sergent to Brashears to move the ball into the red zone. On the next play, Campbell scored from 10 yards out thanks to a great lead block by Kaleb Mullins on the sweep play. Brashears caught a jump ball on the conversion to make it 52-41.

After the Cougars defense forced a punt, Jon Sergent caught a short pass and broke two tackles then got key blocks by receivers downfield for a 64-yard touchdown. Brashears caught the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 52-49.

On the next possession Hunter Brashear forced a fumble that was recovered by Isaiah Cornett to give LCC a chance to retake the lead.

The Cougar offense couldn’t move the ball and after punting gave up a touchdown to Floyd Central on a Whitaker 7-yard run. The two-point conversion was good to make the score 60-49.

After an interception gave the ball back to the Jaguars, Caudill used a nice fake to complete a 22-yard touchdown pass to Conn. LCC took on one final score on a pass from Pratt to Campbell to make the final score 68-55.

The Cougars fought valiantly in the high scoring defeat but despite 598 yards of total offense couldn’t punch the ball in when they had their opportunity in the fourth quarter to take the lead. Nick Sergent had a fantastic game, completing 16 passes on 24 attempts for 335 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sergent also had 84 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Hunter Campbell had 77 yards receiving, 66 yards rushing and 3 total touchdowns. Blake Brashears had 5 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Kaleb Mullins ran the ball 5 times for 52 yards.

Jon Sergent led the defense once again with 14 tackles. Hunter Brashear was creating havoc all over the field with 8 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception. Hunter Campbell also had 8 tackles for the LCC defense. time it is non-stop chatter.

“I think that is just how I have always been. I am a Chatty Cathy on and off the court. I just like to give information in any way I can and help my teammates. I have been like that since I was a little,” she said.

Kentucky coach Craig Skinner says Watson has the knack to see things before they develop on the court.

“She is so tough, composed, gritty. She exemplifies what gritty is. Players like her motivate you to

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