Bell County’s defense held Jackson County to just 57 yards of total offense and posted its second straight shutout on Friday as the Bobcats rolled to a 45-0 road win over the Generals.
Bell improves to 8-0 on the season and 4-0 in district play.
“I think we’ve give up two touchdowns the last four games and that’s what we need to keep coming around,” Bobcat coach Dudley Hilton said. “I’m proud of how well we play as a team. We had some turnovers and things that I wasn’t too pleased with, but overall, I’m happy with how we played.”
Senior quarterback London Stephney completed 7 of- 14 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown with one interception. He also led Bell’s running game with 98 yards and a score on thre carries.
Senior Jason Jones led Bobcat receivers with thre catches for 65 yards. Cameron Burnett hauled in a 16-yard touchdown while Jonathan Lankford caught one pass for 30 yards.
Brandon Baker carried the ball nine times for 83 yards and two touchdowns while Dawson Woolum added seven carries for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Senior Will Dean had a 21-yard touchdown run on his only carry.
Jonathon Beverly added four carries for 48 yards, Tyson Thomas had two carries for 20 yards and Ethan Raby had three carries for 10 yards.
Jones connected on his only extra point attempt while Stephney, Dean, Hayden Callebs and Lankford all added two-point conversions.
“We did a lot of things the right way, but we did some things wrong,” Hilton added. “We’ve just got to keep going and getting better, we’re not where we need to be yet. I think sometimes competition you’re going against causes that a little bit but we’ll have competition from here on out. We better not make some of the mistakes we’ve been making or it could really cost us.”
Bell County visits Estill County on Friday for the final district game. With a win the Bobcats clinch the district’s top seed and home field advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs. A loss would likely create a three-way tie.
Last Thursday, Oct. 17, the Bell freshman team beat Lee High, Virginia 18-6 to run their record to 6-1 on the season.
Monday the Bell JV pulled out an 18-12 double overtime win over Harlan County to improve to 6-2. Sophomore Spencer Wheeler scored both of the Bobcats’ touchdowns in the extra periods to put Bell into the lead.
On the final defensive stand it was freshmen Ethan Raby and Jon Beverly and sophmore Tucker Hunley making the key stops to hold off the Black Bears.