The Letcher County Central Cougars scored a convincing 61-6 win in their final game of the regular season. The senior day win over visiting Greenup County give the Cougars much needed momentum heading into their first round 5A playoff matchup Friday at Lincoln County.
The 14 Letcher Central seniors played their most complete half of football of the year. Up 55-0 at halftime, LCC Head Coach Mike Whitaker pulled all his starters from the contest. The Cougars’ balanced offense scored eight touchdowns in the first half, four via passing and four rushing. Drew Bentley scored a career best four rushing touchdowns including an elusive 37-yard scamper with 33.8 seconds left in the first half on what will be his final play at Cougar Field.
Logan Johnson completed 11 passes on 13 attempts for 227 yards and four touchdowns. Two of the scoring tosses went to receiver Keaston Hall. Hall’s touchdown catches were of 54 yards and 14 yards and he finished the game with three receptions for 102 yards.
Corey Dollarhide caught a nine-yard touchdown pass and Johnson connected with Matt Boggs on a 35-yard score.
The Cougar offense is finally clicking and firing on all cylinders just in time for the playoffs. Although Letcher Central finished the year with a record of just 4-6, the team will be a tough out next week at Lincoln County.
The LCC defense had numerous tackles for loss, pitched a shutout in the first half and forced three turnovers. Cameron Brunty was causing havoc all over the field. Brunty had an interception, three tackles for loss, and even recorded a sack. Koree Stewart and Tony Cantu each had two tackles for loss as the unit played by far their best game this season.
The mercy rule went into effect during the second half of the game. The running clock meant there wasn’t much time for any action to take place. Dalton Taylor scored on a six-yard touchdown plunge midway through the third quarter to make it 61-0. Greenup County scored a meaningless touchdown towards the end of the fourth quarter to make the final score 61-6 in favor of Letcher Central.
Bentley had eight carries for 87 yards. Dalton Taylor had eight carries for 78 yards. Hunter Hall had five carries for 18 yards. Caleb Baker, Houston Watts, Logan Johnson and Chas Bryant each had two carries. Chris Tyree, Tyler Hall and Vinny Shell each had one carry. Total rushing consisted of 32 carries for 220 yards and five touchdowns.
Houston Watts completed two passes of two attempts for 11 yards.
The Cougars competed 13 of 15 pass attempts for 238 yards and one touchdown. Matt Boggs had four receptions for 64 yards. Corey Dollarhide had two receptions for 18 yards. Koree Stewart, Chris Tyree, Colton Collins and Josh Boggs each had a reception.
Sidney Fields had five kickoffs that were touchbacks and was five for five on point after touchdown (PAT) kicks.