After a week off , the Cougars of Letcher Central were ready to get back on the field this past Friday night as they traveled to Hazard to take on the Commodores of Perry Central. Perry Central has been one of the big surprises of the year so far. It has a record of 4-0, and that includes a dominating win over Breathitt County.
The Commodores have a new coach this season. Justin Haddix takes over the reins and has really gotten the Commodores to respond to his style. He was a star quarterback for Mike Holcomb at Breathitt County, and then went on to be a star quarterback in college at Western Kentucky University.
The Commodores and Cougars just don’t get along at all, and every time they play it seems like it is an all-out war between players and among fans. The Cougars have really fallen on hard times. They came in with a record of 1-3 with losses to Belfry, Middlesboro, and Hazard.
The Cougars got on the board first, as they moved the ball with ease and Logan Johnson connected on a pass for eight yards and a touchdown to Matt Boggs early in the first.
The Commodores answered, as quarterback Kyle Huff ran it in from five yards out and the score was 7-7 after one quarter. The Commodores second score came on a blocked field goal attempt that was picked up by James White and returned 76 yards for the Commodores.
The Cougars trailed 13-7, but the Commodores were not done. Huff connected with Austin Pray for a 63-yard touchdown pass and a 19-7 Commodore lead. Then the aerial works really took off . Huff connected with Daryl Beatty for a 62-yard scoring strike followed by another pass of eight yards that resulted in another score for Beatty. The Commodores were rolling and they led 31-7 at the half.
The Commodores seemed to pick up seven to eight yards on first down all night as the Cougars had no answer. The Commodores took up where they left off to start the third quarter. They drove and Kegan Robinson scored from five yards out to make it 37-7. After the Cougars could not move, the Commodores added on some more. They moved to the Cougar 29 before being stopped and setting up a fourth-down play. The Cougars stopped them, but they could not move the ball. The Commodores got it back and Huff connected for the third time with Beatty for another score. This one was for 47 yards. The score was now 44-7.
The Commodores had scored 44 unanswered. Logan Johnson was forced to pass all night for the Cougars, and he played his heart out, as did the other Cougars. He hit two scoring passes later in the game including another touchdown to Matt Boggs to make the score 44-23.
The Cougars were able to get the scores quickly as they were successful with an onside kick. The Commodores answered. After falling on another onside kick by the Cougars, the Commodores got several penalties that would set up fourth down and about 40 yards. They faked a punt, and Kegan Robinson took it 64 yards to the house with 2:33 left in the game. And if that wasn’t enough they tried an onside kick and recovered it with the 50-23 lead.
Talk about adding fuel to the fire. Mr. Haddix sure didn’t make any friends from Cougarland by doing this, but he gave the Cougars something to remember for next year’s game. So the rivalry intensifi es as the Commodores improve to 5-0 and the Cougars fall to 1-4.
Things will not get any easier for the Cougars. With a 0-1 record in the district, they now must get ready for Harlan County. The season is far from over and the Cougars can still make some noise, but they cannot afford another loss in the district if they want to host a playoff game.
Logan Johnson had a good night against the Commodores with three touchdown passes, but he passed the ball over 40 times. The Cougars were also led on the ground by Johnson as he rushed for 73 yards. Kyle Huff passed for four touchdowns for the Commodores.