CCHS Football 2008 Sept 2, 2008 15:45:35 GMT -5
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Clay County Football 2008
Friday August 29, 2008
Friday August 29, 2008
Knox Central 26, Clay County 13
Carnes leads Panthers past Clay County
By Jerry Burns, thetimestribune.com
Wayne Mills’ Knox Central Panthers opened the season on a high note after limiting offensive power Clay County to only two touchdowns during their 26-13 win in the Pioneer Bowl III. Tailback Dexter Carnes led the way for Knox Central by finishing the game with 218 yards rushing on 23 carries. He also scored two touchdowns in the win, while quarterback Cory Smith completed six-of-nine pass attempts for 90 yards.
Even though the Tigers struggled throughout the contest, Lewis still managed to complete 30-of-40 pass attempts for 290 yards. Carnes put Knox Central ahead early with a two-yard touchdown run, but Clay County tied the game at six apiece with 2:02 remaining in the first quarter behind Lewis’ 10-yard touchdown pass.
Smith scored on a three-yard keeper in the second quarter to give his team a 13-6 edge, but Lewis connected with a 40-yard touchdown strike to tie the game at 13 apiece at halftime. The Panthers put the game away in the second half behind Smith’s four-yard touchdown run and Carnes’ two-yard dive into the end zone.
Knox Central held Clay County scoreless in the second half. Knox Central will be back in action next week on the road against Corbin.
Friday September 5, 2008
Clay County at Leslie County - 6:00 PM
Steele, Wagner lead ‘Cats past Leslie County
By Les Dixon, thetimestribune.com
For the first time in Lynn Camp coach David Mitchell’s tenure as head coach, his squad recorded a shut out during their season-opener. The Wildcats’ (1-0) Wesley Steele (157 rushing yards and two touchdowns) and Sidney Wagner (125 rushing yards and two touchdowns) combined for 282 yards on the ground during their 32-0 thumping of Leslie County during Pioneer Bowl III. The season-opening win turned out to be Lynn Camp’s first since the Wildcats defeated McCreary Central 58-14 on Aug. 20, 2004.
Coming into the contest, Mitchell had worries about his defense, but after their performance against the Eagles (0-1), those worries are a distant memory. Wagner got things going for Lynn Camp with six minutes remaining in the first quarter behind a 46-yard touchdown run. Steele added a 20-yard score with eight minutes left in the first half to give his team a 12-0 edge at halftime.
The Wildcats put the game away during their second offensive series of the second half. Steele scored from three yards out, while Matt May connected with Tyronne Person for the two-point conversion to extend Lynn Camp’s lead to 20-0. Wagner added a two-yard score with six minutes remaining in the game to make the score 26-0, while Cody Sapcut’s 20-yard interception return for a score put the finishing touches on the win.
Lynn Camp will be back in action at home Friday against Harlan County. Tom Larkey’s squad dropped their season-opener to Letcher Central, 42-32.
Friday September 12, 2008
North Laurel at Clay County - 7:30 PM
Abbott’s Jags ace first test of the season
By Les Dixon, thetimestribune.com
The North Laurel Jaguars opened the season just the way they wanted — with a win. David Abbott’s squad turned in a stellar defensive performance, limiting Lawrence County to only 130 yards during their 18-8 win over the Bulldogs in Cumberland Valley Bowl VIII.
It didn’t take long for North Laurel (1-0) to jump on Lawrence County. The Jaguars took advantage of a Bulldog turnover early in the game and made Lawrence County pay for the mistake. Quarterback Adrian Wardrup connected with teammate Raymond Shears for a 25-yard touchdown pass that gave North Laurel a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Both teams added a safety to make the score 8-2, while North Laurel’s Nick Armstrong set a Cumberland Valley Bowl record by connecting with a 39-yard field goal attempt to give his team an 11-2 lead at halftime.
The Jaguars were able to put the finishing touches on the win with their first drive of the third quarter, as Robert Lewis scored from five yards out to give his team an 18-2 lead. The Bulldogs added a score late in the game, but North Laurel was able to hold on to pick up the win.
The Jaguars don’t get much time to celebrate with Friday’s road game against cross-town rival South Laurel less than a week away. The Cardinals won their season-opener by knocking off Holy Cross, 49-35.
Friday September 19, 2008
Clay County at Letcher County Central - 7:30 PM
Banks shines as Cougars ruin Harlan County’s debut
By JOHN HENSON, harlandaily.com
With a 90-man roster, the Harlan County Black Bears have numbers. They discovered Friday that they don’t yet have depth. The Black Bears also have playmakers, but none quite as dangerous or effective as Letcher Central quarterback Charlie Banks. Harlan County led through much of the first half in the first game of school history, but they wore down in the second half as Banks sparked a second-half surge that lifted the Cougars to a thrilling 42-32 victory in front of a near-capacity crowd at Letcher Central.
Banks, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior who is ranked among the state’s top players, passed for 173 yards and rushed for 81 yards and four touchdowns. Harlan County capitalized on a rare Banks mistake to grab the early momentum as senior linebacker Glenn Roberts picked off a pass at the Letcher 20 and coasted into the end zone for the first points in Black Bears history. James Ball’s extra point gave Harlan County a 7-0 lead with 4:21 to play in the first quarter.
The Black Bears were back in business seconds later after Robbie Halcomb recovered an onside kick on the Letcher 49. Following a procedure penalty, Roberts rumbled 51 yards to the Letcher 3. Roberts scored three plays later with an 8-yard-run to extend the Bears’ lead to 13-0.
Banks made certain the Bears didn’t run away as he directed a 42-yard drive after Logan Johnson recovered another onside kick. Banks connected with Dustin Brown for 31 yards and went the final 11 yards himself. The extra point by Zach Lucas cut the deficit to 13-7 with 1:13 left in the first quarter.
The Cougars’ defense tied the game early in the second period as McKenzie Smith forced a fumble with a vicious hit of Harlan County quarterback Zach Blanton, and Greg Collins scooped up the loose ball and went 55 yards for a touchdown with 8:32 left in the half. Blanton answered as he rolled out on a third-and-five play and found tight end James Phillips for a 38-yard TD pass with 5:11 to play in the half.
The Cougars responded by driving 80 yards in nine plays, capped by Banks’ 5-yard touchdown run. The extra point by Lucas gave Letcher its first lead, at 20-19, with 1:26 left. Harlan County wasn’t finished for the half, however, as Gilliam went 23 yards and sophomore wide receiver Dylon Smith caught a pass for 34 yards to set up a 5-yard TD pass from Blanton to Smith with five seconds remaining in the second quarter. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, but Harlan County held a 25-20 lead at the break.
Both coaches agreed that the Black Bears appeared to lose some intensity in the third quarter as Letcher dominated the period. After being held to 54 yards on the ground in the first half, the Cougars gained 73 in the third quarter in two touchdown drives. Banks went 10 yards for a touchdown to cap Letcher’s opening drive of the third quarter, and senior fullback Caleb Frazier added the two-point conversion with 10:34 to play in the third quarter.
Banks teamed with Craig Collier for a 32-yard touchdown pass on the second drive as the senior received broke free after Harlan County defensive back Blake Polson lost his footing. Lucas’ extra point gave the Cougars a 35-25 lead with 2:44 left in the period. Letcher appeared ready to put the game away when Chase Adams broke free for a 23-yard run that ended a yard short of the end zone as Adams fumbled through the back of the end zone for a touchback. Harlan County couldn’t capitalize on the mistake as the Bears’ offense continued to struggle after a good first half. Both Gilliam and Lance Simmons dropped potential touchdown passes after slipping behind the Letcher defense.
After a Letcher fumble, the Harlan County offense got back on track and back in the game with a four-play scoring drive. Gilliam caught a 35-yard pass from Blanton, who went the final 8 yards for a touchdown. Ball’s extra point pulled the Bears within three. The Harlan County defense found its second wind at that point and forced a three-and-out. A 19-yard pass from Blanton to Simmons accounted for one first down, but the Bears were unable to sustain the drive and lost the ball on downs at their own 37 after a halfback pass by Smith on fourth down fell incomplete.
Faced with a fourth-and-one at the Harlan County 28, the Cougars gave the ball to Caleb Frazier, and the 241-pound fullback bulled his way for 18 yards. A 6-yard touchdown run by Banks with 38.4 seconds left clinched the win. The Bears played without junior tailback T.J. Green, who had to sit out the game after he was ejected in Cawood High School’s playoff loss last season to Estill County.
Friday October 3, 2008
Clay County at Middlesboro - 7:30 PM
Jackets fall to Colonels
By JAY COMPTON, middlesborodailynews.com
The Middlesboro Yellow Jakets were manhandled Fridy night, losing their season opener at Whiley County 27-6. With more size, depth and experience up front, the Colonels won the battle at the line of scrimmage and wore down the Jackets. Senior fullback Jason Powers ran for 154 yards on 26 carries and junior quarterback Jamie Labanion added 127 yards on ten carries as Whitley out-gained Middlesboro 303-140.
Cody Bowlin put Whitley on top in the first quarter with a 15-yard fumble return and Lebanion’s kick made it 7-0. The Colonels were in business again when John Thomas intercepted a Chase Roark pass on the following possession. But Jon Evans recovered a Lebanion fumble for Middlesboro to end that threat. After the Jacket drive stalled, Whitley went on an 11-play, 59-yard drive helped along by two defensive offsides penalties.
Lebanion capped it with a 10-yard TD pass to Justin Goins. That was the only Whtiley pass of the day and made it 14-0 with just uner eight minutes to play in the first half. The Jackets answered with their own 11-play drive. This one covered 65 yards and took up nearly the rest of the half. Hunter Adams ran five times for 37 yards on the drive and Roark added a 12-yard scramble for a first down and a 15-yard pass to Matt Powers. Powers made a diving catch to haul in Roarks pass and convert a 3rd & 14.
Roark and Adams hooked up on a 7-yard receiver screen for the touchdown with Eddie Gilbert providing a big block along the way. Patrick Knuckles’ extra point try was blocked, but with eight seconds left in the half the Jackets were within 14-8.
Middlesboro got the ball to start the third quarter, but an illegal block on the first play from scrimmage put them in a hole. Adams ran for 16-yards to convert a 3rd & long but the drive stalled near the 40. Matt Powers got a nice roll on his punt and the Jackets downed it at the Whittley 12. But the Colonels got one first down, then Lebanion turned the corner on an option keeper and went 75-yards. The touchdown was called back because of an illegal block near the goal line, but three plays later Powers plowed in from a yard out to make it 21-6.
The humidity and physical nature of the game took a toll on the Jackets as several players had to leave with cramps in the second half. Adams had to sit out the next possession and Roark left the game for good after taking a helmet to left forearm on a sack.
Powers ran 46 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to put Whitley up 27-6. Adams took over at quarterback, but left after three plays when the cramping came back. Whitley took over and marched back down the field, grinding out the clock. They got down inside the Jacket five yard line, but a Powers fumble was recovered by Middlesboro in the end zone.
The Jackets converted three first downs on their final drive, but were left without a quarterback when Gilbert cramped up and were content to let the clock expire. Middlesboro (0-1) plays Paul Dunbar next Friday in the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic at Corbin. Kickoff is set for 5:45. Whitley County (1-0) visits Bell County Friday.
Friday October 10, 2008
Perry County Central at Clay County - 7:30 PM
Perry Central runs out of time in TECO Bowl
by TONY MCGUIRE, Sports Editor hazard-herald.com
The Perry County Central Commodores hosted the Sheldon Clark Cardinals in the second annual TECO Coal Bowl. Last year’s event turned into a shoot out with the Cardinals pulling out the victory in the final moments. Perry Central started strong, and quickly marched the ball down the field. Demetri Travis opened the series with a long return, and then set up the score with a 26-yard run. Travis capped the drive, as well, with a 2-yard run into the end zone. The conversion failed, giving the Commodores the 6-0 lead.
Sheldon Clark kept the ball on the ground during their first possession. The Cardinals picked apart the Commodore defense, and finished the drive with a 10-yard Kelly run to the end zone. They also missed the conversion, tying the score at six. Perry Central immediately went back to work on offense. The Commodores mixed up their plays well, and quickly moved the ball down field. Demetri Travis closed the drive with another 2-yard run. Travis then hauled in the 2-pt. conversion to give the Commodores a 14-6 lead.
Neither team could find the handle on the ball in the second period as turnovers changed possession on several occasions. Sheldon Clark was able to take advantage of one of the Commodores’ turnovers, and punched the ball into the end zone (14-12). Perry Central had a shot at the end zone at the closing of the half, but just ran out of the time. The Commodores went into the locker room with a 14-12 lead.
The third quarter belonged to the Cardinals as their ground attack ate up much of the clock, and the Commodore defense. Sheldon Clark scored a pair of touchdowns in the period, while holding the Commodores at bay. Going into the fourth quarter, Sheldon Clark held a 26-14 lead.
Perry Central opened the fourth quarter strong, and marched the ball quickly down the field. The Commodores closed the gap with a 41-yard pass play from Jordan Amis to Deron Amis. Jordan Amis then hit Demetri Travis with the 2-pt. conversion to pull Perry Central to within four at 26-22.
Sheldon Clark nearly ran out the clock with their next drive, taking it all the way to the 2-yard line. The Commodores’ defense held strong, forcing the Cardinals to hand over possession of the ball.
The Commodores were able to quickly move into Cardinal territory, but the clock soon became an extra defensive player. Perry Central had several good shots at the end zone, but could not get the winning play as time ran out. Sheldon Clark was able to hold on for the 26-22 win.
Friday October 17, 2008
Edmonson County at Clay County - 8:00 PM
Edmonson County 14 Grayson County 8
Friday October 24, 2008
Clay County at Whitley County - 7:30 PM
Whitley County 27 Middlesboro 6
Friday October 31, 2008
Morgan County at Clay County - 7:30 PM
Rowan County 55 Morgan County 8
Friday November 7, 2008
Clay County at Harlan - 7:30 PM
Ratliff leads Pats to win over Harlan
By JARROD SHERMAN, harlandaily.com
The Knott Central Patriots aren’t known for being flashy. They’re also not known for beating Harlan County teams. They did both in their season opener Friday, defeating visiting Harlan 36-14. The win, the Patriots’ first against a Harlan County opponent since they beat the Dragons in 1994, came largely courtesy of Braxton Ratliff. The junior quarterback rushed 19 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns, repeatedly fooling Harlan defenders with fake handoffs to his three running backs.
Harlan coach J.B. Donahue was frustrated by the Dragons’ lack of discipline on defense. Knott Central marched 71 yards in four plays on the opening drive, highlighted by Ratliff’s 44-yard sprint to the Harlan 33. Two plays later, Ratliff scored on a 28-yard run to put the Patriots ahead 6-0. The Dragons answered with an efficient drive of their own as Kenny Pennington rolled out on a play action and connected with senior receiver Allen Hensley for a 58-yard touchdown. Austin Wolfe’s kick gave Harlan a 7-6 lead with 7:57 left in the first quarter.
The Patriots went into ball-control mode, chewing up more than seven minutes with a 63-yard, 14-play drive that included a fourth-down conversion run by Ratliff. Anthony Newhouse scored on a 1-yard plunge, and Ratliff found Kenny Craft for the conversion. After forcing the Dragons to punt, Knott Central again went on a sustained drive. Brady Risner’s 5-yard touchdown run capped a 12-play, 80-yard march that took more than five minutes. Ratliff again connected with Craft for the conversion.
The Patriots failed to score on their final possession of the first half, even with an extra play. Ratliff was stopped for a loss on what should have been fourth down, but the Patriots couldn’t convert, giving the Dragons a small shot of momentum heading into the break.
Harlan opened the second half with its best drive of the night, led by Andrew Link. The junior running back carried five times for 52 yards on the drive, including a 22-yard run to start the series and a 17-yarder to set up Pennington’s 1-yard scoring burst. Wolfe’s kick cut the Dragons’ deficit to 22-14 with 8:26 left in the third quarter.
Knott Central answered again, using their unorthodox point-after formation to set up the touchdown. On third-and-goal from the 5, the Patriots lined up with four players in the middle of the field and the other seven bunched together to the left of Ratliff. The quarterback scrambled, reversing course several times, before finally shaking Hensley to get into the end zone.
After forcing a punt, the Patriots closed the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run by Jason Carmody with 1:35 remaining in the third quarter. Risner added 50 yards on nine carries for Knott Central (1-0). The Dragons were led by Andrew Link with 116 yards on 16 carries. Donavhen Middleton added 37 yards on 10 carries in the second half. Pennington completed five of 13 passes for 87 yards.
Harlan (1-0) returns to action next week at Lee, Va. The Patriots will travel to Perry Central next week.
Friday September 5, 2008
6:00 PM - Clay County at Leslie County (Mountain Classic)
6:00 PM - Middlesboro vs Paul Dunbar (Pigskin Classic)
7:00 PM - Edmonson County at Caverna
7:30 PM - Harlan at Lee County, VA
7:30 PM - Knott Central at Perry Central
7:30 PM - Morgan County at Powell County
7:30 PM - North Laurel at South Laurel
7:30 PM - Whitley County at Bell County
8:00 PM - Greenup County at Letcher Central[/i]
Colonels ready to roll
By Les Dixon, thetimestribune.com
The Whitley County Colonels are looking to improve their resume for the 2008 season and a win against homestanding Bell County at Log Mountain this week would do just that. It’s not going to be easy, though. Dudley Hilton’s Bobcats (1-0) are coming off a 50-6 win over Garrard County and are picked by many to be the team to beat in the Class 4A.
Bell County accumulated 347 yards on the ground last week with Spencer Greer leading the way with 179 yards rushing and one touchdown. Cory Davenport rushed for 68 yards, while Justin Goodin (31 yards) and Shawnta Zachery (29 yards) combined to rush for 60 yards. Zachery also had a solid game throwing the ball. He completed six-of-eight pass attempts for 127 yards and one touchdown, while Chris Ely led the way with 58 yards receiving and John Hilton finished with 43 yards.
“This game is going to allow us to see where we are at,” he added. “It’s going to allow us to see just how competitive we can be.” The Colonels looked very competitive during their 27-6 win over Middlesboro last week.
The Colonels rushed for 281 yards on 37 carries, while limiting the Yellow Jackets to only 140 yards on offense in the win. Jamie Lebanion led the way for Whitley County with 138 yards on the ground on only nine carries, while Jason Powers carried the ball 24 times for 137 yards.
Kick-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday.