A couple of early fumbles kept the Bobcats from gaining momentum and North Laurel used an effective passing game to keep pace, then pulled out a 30-22 win over Bell County in overtime Friday night.
North quarterback Tucker Warren completed 18 of 23 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns and added a 6-yard TD run in overtime to lead the Jaguars.
Junior Dawson Woolum had a strong game for Bell County. He ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
Senior quarterback Cameron Burnett completed six of 12 passes for 103 yards and sophomore Daniel Thomas had a 3-yard touchdown run in the game.
“We played like an inexperienced team, which we are. Our guys that have some experience, I thought they really played well. We just have to bring some people up that have been lacking that game experience,” Bell coach Dudley Hilton said. “Hopefully by watching film we’ll keep improving because we’re going to have to.
“Give North Laurel a lot of credit. They had a good returning team back and it showed.”
The Jags scored the first point early in the second quarter as Warren passed to Christian Larkey for an 11-yard touchdown and Collier Mills kick made it 7-0.
Bell County answered with a nice drive and Woolum’s 4-yard TD run made it 7-6.
North scored on Warren’s 4-yard run with just under a minute to got in the half and the Jags tooka 14-6 lead in the break.
The Bobcats scored quickly to start the third quarter with Woolum breaking free for a 41-yard TD run and adding the conversion to tie the game at 14.
Thomas’ TD came with 2:39 to go in the quarter and Ethan Raby ran in the conversion to put Bell on top 22-14.
Caden Harris scored on a 6-yard pass from Warren on the first play of the fourth quarter and a conversion pass tied the game at 22.
North had a shot to win it with a long field goal at the end of regulation, but the kick was no good.
Warren’s 6-yard touchdown run and Harris’ conversion made it 30-22.
The Bobcats weren’t able to answer as Woolum was stopped on 4th & goal from the three to end the game.
Bell County (0-1) is set to host Knox Central on Friday at 7:30 p.m.