The Letcher County Central Cougars fell to 4-4 on the season after getting demolished by new district foe North Laurel, 51-0.
The Cougars are in a bye week, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Not only do the Cougars need to regroup from back to back district losses, but star running back Jaylyn Williams got injured with a twisted ankle in the second quarter and never returned to last Friday’s game.
Letcher Central received the ball to start the game and the offense quickly went three and out. The punt was downed at the North Laurel 37 yard line.
On second and five, running back Steven Nelson gained 12 yards on a sweep around the right side. Then on third and three Nelson took the handoff up the middle and gained just enough for a first down. Two plays later Nelson had a six-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was successful to give the Jaguars an 8-0 lead with 5:30 left in the first quarter.
The LCC offense gained no yardage for the second straight possession and quickly punted again.
North Laurel fullback Matt Sizemore gained 26 yards on the first play. Nelson capped the 6-play 70-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. The extra point increased the North Laurel lead to 15-0 with 2:14 in the quarter.
On the first play of the possession, quarterback Nick Sergent could not handle a bad shotgun snap and the Jaguars recovered the fumble at the LCC 17 yard line. Nelson scored his third touchdown of the game, this time from seven yards out. The score was 23-0 after quarterback Jansen Lunsford scored untouched on the two-point conversion.
On fourth and three, LCC went for it and Jaylyn Williams out of the wildcat formation took the snap and gained 13 yards around the right side. Three plays later the Cougars went for it on fourth and five. North Laurel was called for pass interference on the Sergent pass to Lucas. The 15-yard penalty gave LCC a first down and moved the ball to the Jaguar 27 yard line. The Cougars could move the ball no farther and turned the ball over on downs. Williams got hurt on the possession and didn’t return the rest of the game.
Nelson had a 70-yard touchdown run immediately and the extra point made it 30-0 with 7:50 in the second quarter.
On fourth and three, LCC went for it. Sergent hit receiver Tanner Lucas in stride for a 60-yard touchdown, but Lucas had stepped out of bounds on the route so became an ineligible receiver. That negated the touchdown and forced a turnover on downs.
Sizemore rumbled for a 20- yard gain and a LCC personal foul penalty moved the ball to the five yard line. Nelson scored on the next play. The extra point split the uprights to make it 37-0 and start a running clock for the rest of the game.
On third and eight, Sergent completed a pass to Aaron Thomas for a 15-yard gain. The hail mary pass was intercepted by Casey Burkhardt to end the first half.
Nelson returned the second half kickoff to the LCC 40 yard line. Tucker Sharp had a 28-yard run on a counter play. The next play Anthony Miller had a 16-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good to increase the lead to 44-0.
Christian Brodendorp spun out of a tackle and gained 34-yards on the kickoff return to the Jaguar 46 yard line. Sergent ran on a quarterback keeper for a first down conversion. Sergent then completed a 14- yard pass to Lucas to move the ball into the red zone. Sergent’s pass on fourth and five fell incomplete for a turnover on downs.
Jose Rodriquez had a seven-yard touchdown run to end a quick scoring drive for the Jaguars. The score was 51-0 with 6:24 left in the game after Coria made the extra point.
Quade Adams caught a shovel pass from Sergent and gained 15-yards up the middle. The clock ran out as LCC was driving and the Cougars got shut out by a score of 51-0.
The offense had their worst performance of the season with barely 100 yards of total offense the entire game. Jaylyn Williams was injured early in the second quarter and only gained 23 yards for the game. Nick Sergent completed nine passes on 19 attempts for 79 yards. Tanner Lucas caught two passes for 26 yards. Quade Adams had two receptions for 21 yards and carried the ball siix times for 11 yards rushing.
Letcher Central will look to get back to their winning ways when they host Whitley County October 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Cougar Field. That will be the Cougars last district game of the season and is imperative they win to get a better seed in the playoffs.