The Bell County offense put on a show Friday at South Laurel as they piled up 619 total yards and found the end zone 11 times in an 80-40 victory.
“You wouldn’t have seen 80 points if we had played better on defense. We would have been more conservative, but it just got to be a wild game. You just don’t see 80 points very often because of the mercy rule and the running clock,” Bobcat coach Dudley Hilton said.
Sophomore Brandon Baker ran for 241 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries while senior Jason Jones caught six passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior quarterback London Stephney completed six of nine passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns and added 76 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Senior fullback Will Dean had touchdown runs of three and 21 yards on his only two carries while sophomore Dawson Woolum ran six times for 38 yards and a touchdown. Junior Hunter Bailey also had a 22-yard touchdown run.
Woolum and Bailey had a pair of two-point conversion runs apiece while Stephney, Baker and Cameron Burnett also ran in conversions in the game.
“Our kids are feeling that Bell County confidence that they can run the football. Baker carried the ball 10 times and scored four touchdowns. He put on a show,” Hilton said. “I thought London threw the ball well and Jason made two or three really nice catches. I think he caught them all. Offensively we really put on a show.”
Dawson Widener led the defense with nine total tackles while Bailey had eight and also forced a fumble that he recovered and returned 68 yards. Tyson Thomas was in on eight tackles including two for loss. Kage Baker and Chase Huff added seven tackles apiece.
Jordan Ramey ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns to lead South Laurel while quarterback Logan Gentry completed 13 of 21 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.
“They had a boy who had run for 250 yards against Breathitt County so I knew he was a good running back,” Hilton said. “He carried the ball well, I ‘d say he had over 150 yards against us. So they kept scoring and that caused us to keep scoring.”
Both teams started out fast with Stepney hooking up with Jones for two long touchdown passes and Baker and Bailey added TD runs for the Bobcats, but the lead was just 30-20 midway through the second quarter as the Cardinals did their best to keep pace.
Stephney added a long touchdown run to open up a little breathing room and Baker broke loose for a pair of long TD scores early in the third quarter as the Bobcats pulled away.
South scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, but the Bobcat lead ballooned to 80-32 after touchdown runs by Dean and Woolum. The Cardinal JV punched in a fourth quarter touchdown as the clock ran continuously.
“We had some problems on defense that we’re going to have to work on and address, but that’s the business of coaching,” Hilton added.
The Bobcats (3-0) have an open date this week before visiting Whitley County and former coach Wayne Mills on Sept. 20.