Letcher County Central, coming off a heartbreaking last-minute loss to Pike County Central, opens up district play this week when it hosts Perry County Central at Cougar Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Cougars lost at Pike Central, 40-35, as the Hawks scored a touchdown in the final minute for a come-from-behind victory over the Cougars. Pike Central also overcame the best performance in the young career of LCC quarterback Carson Adams, who accounted for three touchdowns.
LCC received the ball to start the game. A swing pass from Adams to Hunter Campbell netted 10 yards. The on third-and-three, Campbell took a toss for a nineyard gain and a first down. The drive stalled there but LCC junior Luke Goins downed a great punt at the Hawks’ one-yard line.
After two first downs, LCC defender Jackson Meade tackled the ball carrier for a six-yard loss to force a third-and-long that the Hawks couldn’t convert and subsequently had to punt.
On second play of drive, Campbell took a pitch to the right, juked the first defender, then used a stiff arm on his way to a 46-yard touchdown run. Bobby Sexton made the extra point to give LCC a 7-0 lead.
The Hawks struck quickly on first play of second quarter. Receiver Keegan Bentley caught a screen pass from quarterback Tyler Hunt and knifed through the LCC defense for a 65-yard touchdown. The extra point was no good to keep score at 7-6.
Facing a third-and-11, Adams threw a perfect deep ball to Campbell just beyond safety for a 52- yard touchdown. The extra point increased the Cougar lead to 14-6.
After the kickoff, senior Jayson Buttrey recovered a Pike Central fumble to give LCC great field position. Adams gained 20 yards on a quarterback keeper to immediately get into Hawks’ red zone. The next play was a Campbell 14- yard touchdown run right up the middle. Sexton’s extra point sailed through the upright to increase the lead to 21-6.
Pike Central answered when, on third-and-13, Bentley caught the ball short of the line but outraced the LCC defense across the field on his way to a 62-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was successful to make the score 21-14.
After a Pike Central interception, consecutive personal foul penalties by the LCC defense led to a Hawk touchdown just before halftime. Jackson Meade blocked the extra point attempt to preserve a LCC 21-20 lead at halftime.
LCC’s first drive of the second half ended when the Cougars were stopped just short of the firstdown line for a turnover on downs.
Facing fourth-and-long, Pike Central’s Hunt rolled to the right and connected with Bentley once again for a 25-yard touchdown to take the lead for the first time in the game 26-21.
Following a 17-yard pass to Campbell, Adams broke three tackles on his way to a 40-yard touchdown run for the Cougars. Adams ran in the two-point conversion as well to give LCC the lead again at 29-26.
The Hawks retook the lead on a 29-yard touchdown run by Hunt after consecutive punts by both teams. The two-point conversion failed but Pike Central held the lead at 32-29 with just over four minutes to play in the game.
Adams took the shotgun snap on the first play around the left side and sprinted down the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown to make it 35-32 in favor of Letcher County Central after the extra point was no good.
Hunt and PCC answered with a 25-yard touchdown pass to receiver Noah Iricks with less than a minute left to give the Hawks a 40- 35 victory in a wild fourth quarter.
Adams had his best game as a Cougar, gaining 142 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also threw for 86 yards and a touchdown. Hunter Campbell had 116 yards rushing on 17 attempts and two TDs and also caught a TD pass.
Jayson Buttrey and Sam and Jonah Little, each with eight tackles, led the LCC defense.