The Letcher County Central Cougars record fell to 3-5 after a 28-7 loss at Clay County this past Friday. The Tigers used a ball control offense to keep the ball from LCC’s explosive offense and was the key to the victory.
Clay County received the ball to start the game and used an 11-play 70-yard touchdown drive capped off by a four-yard touchdown run by Chandler Hibbard to take a 7-0 lead.
On the opening LCC drive, facing third and seven, running back Hunter Campbell took a pitch and gained nine hard fought yards for a first down conversion. Two plays later Campbell gained 19 yards on a counter play up the middle near midfield, but on fourth and 18, quarterback Carson Adams scrambled and was stopped a yard short of the first-down marker for a turnover on downs.
Clay County used a methodical 15-play drive with two fourth down conversions to score on a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ethan Hacker to receiver Raven Abner. The extra point gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead just before halftime.
LCC got the ball to start the second half and Campbell took an end around for a 30- yard gain into Clay County territory. Two plays later the scoring threat was stopped with a fumble that was recovered by the Tigers at the Clay County 25-yard line.
Cougar defender Zach Hensley then caused and recovered a fumble to give the ball back to the LCC offense. On second and six, Campbell gained 49 yards and was stopped just short of the goal line. Adams then scored on a quarterback sneak and the extra point cut the lead to 14-7.
Clay County used a 31-yard run by Hibbard to get into the LCC red zone. Then Hibbard scored on an 18-yard rush right up the middle of the Cougar defense. The extra point increased the Tigers lead to 21-7.
Thomas Whitaker returned the kickoff to the LCC 43-yard line. The LCC offense couldn’t get anything going and immediately turned the ball over on downs.
After the LCC defense stopped Clay County, the punt was muffed by the Cougars returner and recovered by the Tigers at the LCC 20-yard line.
On third and 12 Hacker scrambled for a 22-yard touchdown. The extra point put the game out of reach at 28-7.
Adams completed a pass to tight end Luke Goings for a 20-yard gain but the LCC offense ran out of time.
Clay County used a methodical offense to not only put points on the board but to keep the ball away from the LCC offense in what turned out to be a low possession game. Hunter Campbell led the LCC offense with 132 yards on 22 carries. Carson Adams gained 78 yards on 10 attempts and got the lone touchdown for the Cougars. Luke Goings had a 20-yard reception.
The LCC defense was led by Sam Little, who had 12 tackles. Koby Barnett had eight tackles and Jepatha Griffith contributed seven tackles.
For the game, Clay County had 263 total yards compared to 244 for the Cougars. The difference in the game was fourth down conversions, on which Clay County was a perfect four for four and LCC was zero for three.