The Letcher County Central Cougars finished the season with a 4-7 record after falling in the first round of the playoffs to top seed Pulaski County, 49-22.
Injuries to key players derailed a once-promising season and were among the main causes of a five-game losing streak to end the year.
Letcher Central went three and out on their first three possessions of the game. Pulaski County capitalized by scoring touchdowns on runs of two and six yards and a 28-yard pass to go up 21-0. LCC was forced to punt again after next possession. This time the Maroons blocked it and recovered it at the Cougar 35 yard line. They scored four plays later from the two yard line and the extra point gave them a 28 point lead with 9:39 left in the second quarter.
LCC fumbled on the second play of the next possession which led to an 11-yard touchdown pass from the Maroons. After yet another Cougar punt, Pulaski County scored another touchdown to go up 42-0 and start a running clock the rest of the game with 4:40 left in the first half.
The Cougars showed some fight in the fourth quarter scoring three straight touchdowns, but it was too little too late and they fell by a score of 49-22.
Letcher Central’s season ended on a sour note, but Coach Mike Holcomb has some important pieces coming back next season.
The offense will be led by seniors Quade Adams and Tannar Lucas, who had a phenomenal 2015 season with double-digit touchdowns.
The defense will be led by Avery Stamper, who had more than 150 tackles on the season for the Cougars.