Whitesburg KY

Cougars end with a win

The last game of the season for the Letcher Central Cougars was also senior night for seven seniors. Jesse Rose, Zack Honeycutt, Dakota Cornett Justin Garrett, Matt Hammonds, John Johnson, and Matt Langdeau suited up for the last time as Cougar football players.

This has been a tough season for the Cougars and with a record of 2-7 they wanted to send the seniors out with a big win over Louisville Moore. The Mustangs also had a record of 2-7, so it looked like a pretty good matchup. They dressed 22 seniors and the game did not start until 8 p.m. because of the long drive up from Louisville.

Moore started the game on off ense and quickly went to work. Moore is strictly a passing team and it showed on the first possession. Senior quarterback Jalen Miller found Dequan Boyd on first down and then Laron Williams out to the 47-yard line. He then hit his big 6’4” wide receiver Mekay Mekale down on the Cougar 40 for another first down. Miller found some running room and picked up 18 yards down to the 21, and then found Dequan Boyd for the 21-yard scoring strike and a quick 7-0 Mustang lead at 8:46 of the first quarter. The drive was 79 yards in 9 plays.

Letcher Central answered. Chris Tyree did his stuff on the kickoff as he returned it out to the 43-yard line. The Cougars faced a third down and seven, and then Logan Johnson took off and got all the way to the Mustang 35 for a Cougar first down. Drew Bentley got it to the 10 and, after a loss of 2, Logan Johnson hit Chris Tyree for an 11-yard touchdown and a 7-7 ballgame after Syd Fields hit the P.A.T.

The Mustangs came right back and marched to the Cougar 27. A personal foul on the Cougars moved it to the 13-yard line, but the Cougar defense stepped up and forced the Mustangs to try a field goal that was no good. The Cougars had held and took over on off ense. The big defensive effort did not result in any points as the Cougars had to punt, but the punt was a fake and the ball was snapped to Logan Johnson, who picked up a big first down from inside Cougar territory. This time the Cougars would really have to punt as they could not mount a drive.

Moore moved to midfield, but Miller was sacked on a big hit from Syd Fields and then threw an interception that was picked off by Drew Bentley at the Cougar 42. It took one play as Johnson found Keaston Hall on a huge pass for 58 yards and a Cougar score. The kick was blocked and the score was 13-7.

Later in the second quarter the Cougar defense was pushing the Mustangs backward and they faced a fourth down and 18. The Cougars got the ball back with 9:00 in the half. Johnson found Tyree on a 16-yard pass and then got 30 more on his own on a keeper. He got to the 5-yard line and Drew Bentley took it home from there. The conversion by Bentley was good for 2 points and the score was 21-7 Cougars. The score would not change and the half would come to an end.

The Cougars opened the third quarter on offense but had to punt, and the Mustangs did the same. Logan Johnson went over 100 yards on the ground as he ran through the Mustang defenders down to the Mustang 27-yard line. Jesse Rose got to the 14 and then Johnson took it in from there and the score was now 28-7.

The Mustangs answered on the next drive. Miller connected on a bomb to Dequan Boyd for a 50-yard score. The game was a defensive struggle from here on as neither team scored again. A late field goal attempt by Syd Fields for the Cougars was no good and the game came to an end with the score 28-14.

The Cougars finished the season with a two-game winning streak and finished with a record of 3-7. They have a 1-4 district record.

They have nothing but good things to look forward to next season as they will return a ton of talent. Logan Johnson will return at the helm and he will also return as the team’s leading tackler. Drew Bentley will return in the backfield. Chris Tyree will return on defense and off ense and they will look for big things from Matt Boggs at receiver. They should be right back in the playoff picture next season and back where they belong.

The seven seniors will be missed and they will be hard to replace.

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