The Letcher County Central Cougars evened their record at 3-3 with a comeback victory against district rival Perry County Central by a score of 21-20. Trailing by 7 late in the fourth quarter, LCC receiver Alex Blair scored a 7-yard touchdown on counter rush. Quarterback Carson Adams converted the two-point attempt on a sneak on what would be the game-winning score. The first district game had major playoff implications and it was pivotal that LCC got the hard fought win.
Perry Central used a methodical offense that not only put points on the board but kept the high octane LCC offense on the sideline. The Commodores received the opening kickoff and the 13-play, 71-yard drive was capped off by an 8-yard touchdown run by Mason Rice. LCC defensive lineman Dale Webb had a tackle for loss on twopoint conversion attempt but the 6-minute, 50-second drive gave PCC a 6-0 lead.
On the opening LCC offensive possession running back Hunter Back took a pitch on 3rd and gained a tough 6 yards for just enough for a first down. Facing 3rd-and-12, Adams had a 30-yard gain on a quarterback draw right up the gut of the PCC defense. A big loss on a sack on the next play led to a turnover on downs.
The Commodores rolled the dice on 4th-and-4 near midfield and after the pass was incomplete it gave LCC great field position.
On the first play Campbell took advantage of the field position and sprinted around the left side of the offensive line on his way to a 49-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good to give the Cougars a 7-6 lead.
The Commodores used a long drive again to get to LCC 2-yard line, but the quarterback sneak resulted in fumble recovered by LCC defensive back Reece Barnette to stop the scoring threat.
LCC was tackled in the end zone for a safety to give Perry Central an 8-7 lead at halftime after they turned the ball over on downs before the break.
Thomas Whitaker had a good kickoff return to near midfield to start the second half for LCC. Adams gained 22 yards on a quarterback draw to start the drive off. Then Campbell had an 11-yard rush up the middle. A holding call negated a run that would have giving LCC first-and-goal from the PCC 7-yard line. On the next play Perry Central intercepted a pass to end the drive.
The LCC defense stepped up and forced a fumble on first play to give ball right back to Cougar offense. On 3rd-and-2 Campbell showed his speed on a 43-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed and kept the score 13-8 LCC with 8:23 left in the third quarter.
On 4th-and-9 in LCC territory, quarterback Chanse Mckenzie connected with Cameron Fugate on a deep pass. After taking two steps Fugate fumbled the ball and recovered his own fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good but the Commodores had retaken the lead 14-13.
Koby Barnette scooped up a squib kick and juked outside to return the ball to the PCC 39- yard line. On 2nd-and-13, Adams broke two tackles on his way to a 17-yard gain and first down conversion. The drive stalled there and LCC turned the ball over on downs at the PCC 23-yard line.
Perry Central looked to have seized control of the game after a 14-play drive resulted in a 5-yard touchdown run by Rice. The extra point was wide right to make the score 20-13 with 6:18 left in the contest.
Campbell started the drive with a 15-yard run. On 2ndand 4, Campbell broke numerous tackles for a 32-yard gain. On 2nd-and-goal, there was a great play call in which, for the first time in the game, LCC ran a counter play to Alex Blair who scored a touchdown to bring the Cougars within one point. Adams scored what would turn out to be the game winner on a sneak for the two-point conversion to go up 21-20 with 3:53 left in the game.
The LCC defense came up with a huge stop and the Cougars rallied for an all-important district win.
The key victory was spearheaded again offensively by Hunter Campbell who gained 116 yards on 9 carries for 1 rushing touchdown and also caught a 51-yard touchdown pass. Carson Adams gained 56 yards rushing on 12 attempts, threw the touchdown pass to Campbell and had the winning two-point conversion rush. Perry Central controlled the clock and had 73 offensive plays to the Cougars 37, and yet LCC still found a way to win. The defense was led by Sam Little who had 15 total tackles. Reece Barnette had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. Senior Jayson Buttrey had 9 tackles for the Cougars. Letcher Central will travel to 5-1 district rival Harlan County with kickoff set for 7:30 Friday night.