The Letcher County Central Cougars improved to 4-2 with an impressive 52-8 victory over Perry County Central over the weekend.
The Cougars used a balanced offensive attack and stingy defense to take a 38-0 lead into halftime of the team’s first district contest of the season.
Perry Central returned the opening kickoff to its own 36-yard line. On 3rd and 6, LCC defensive lineman Noah Brock wrestled the ball away from the ball carrier and returned the fumble to the PCC 43-yard line. Letcher Central quarterback Nick Sergent threw a wide receiver screen pass to Tannar Lucas for a 25-yard gain. On the next play, Sergent threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Gage Isaacs on a fade pattern to the right side of the end zone. Tannar Lucas caught a pass and dove just across the end zone for the two-point conversion to give LCC an 8-0 lead.
On 3rd and 8, Lucas broke up a pass to force Perry Central to punt and on the subsequent punt Lucas broke the return for an 84-yard touchdown. Sergent threw a slant pass to Tyler Boggs for the conversion to increase the Cougars’ lead to 16-0.
Perry Central moved the ball into LCC territory, but a key Triston Polly sack led to a turnover on downs for the Commodores.
Christian Broderdorp caught a pass from Sergent on an in-route and broke two tackles on his way to a 61-yard touchdown. The score stayed at 22-0 after the conversion attempt failed.
Next, the Letcher Central defense forced a three-and-out and the offense quickly capitalized on the poor punt with a 2-yard touchdown run by Quade Adams. The twopoint conversion increased LCC’s lead to 30-0.
Perry Central was forced to punt again and the ball was downed inside the LCC 20-yard line.
Cougar running back Tyler Isaacs followed with two nice runs totaling 19 yards. Then on 3rd and 1 Lucas caught a slant pass from Sergent and went 31 yards. The drive culminated with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Sergent to Adams. The two-point conversion increased the lead to 38-0 with 4 minutes left in the second quarter and instituted a “running clock” for the remainder of the game.
Gage Isaacs returned the second-half kickoff 63 yards to the PCC 9-yard line. On the next play Cougar running back Kaleb Mullins scored on a touchdown run. The conversion was no good to make the score 44-0.
Letcher Central recovered the squib kick at the Perry Central 40-yard line. Mullins took the handoff and broke free for a 40- yard touchdown. Mullins also ran in the two-point conversion.
With the “running clock” shortening the game, Perry Central scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to make the final score 52-8 after successful two-point conversion.
Nick Sergent completed 9 passes on 12 attempts for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns. Kaleb Mullins led LCC in rushing with 50 yards on 4 carries and 2 touchdowns. Tannar Lucas had 87 yards receiving and a long punt return touchdown.
Quade Adams had a touchdown rushing and receiving. Christian Broderdorp and Gage Isaacs both added touchdown receptions.
Avery Stamper, who had 12 tackles, led the defense. Isaiah Cornett had 6 tackles and Triston Polly had 5 tackles and a sack.
Letcher Central will host Harlan County this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Cougar Field.