The Henry County Wildcats fell at home to the LaRue County Hawks 42-15 in the district opener.
Coach Jason Spencer was succinct in his assessment of the game. “We came out flat,” he said. “We made way too many mistakes on both offense and defense. We just did not do what we’ve been coached to do.”
The game opened with a score from the Hawks with 7:41 to go on a 24-yard run. They scored again with :34 seconds to go in the opening stanza and added the PAT to make it 14-0.
Henry County struck back with 6:54 remaining in the 2nd period on a 1-yard touchdown run by Brock Fish. The PAT made it 14-7, but LaRue County added another score with just over a minute remaining in the half. They missed the PAT which made the score 20-7 at the half.
The late score seemed to deflate the Cats and Larue came storming out of the locker room to put the game away. The Hawks scored their 4th touchdown with 5:47 on a 1-yard touchdown run after a long drive. They went for the 2-point conversion and made it to get back the missed PAT from the first half and the score stood at 28-7 going into the third quarter.
LaRue County scored two touchdowns to open the final quarter of play. Both were on long runs. The first was a 25-yarder with 11:30 to play and the second came just one minute later on a 77-yard run to make the score 42-7.
The Cats got their ground game going late as Bodie Clark carried the bulk of the load on a drive that culminated in his 2-yard touchdown run. He also carried in the 2-point conversion to make the score 42-15.
The Cats had another chance to score late as Ben Ingabrand picked a fumble by the Hawks off in mid-air and carried it into the red zone before being tackled. The Cats drove the ball close but failed to get into the end zone. LaRue then ran out the clock to get the district win.
“We had some injuries but we had way too many mistakes in the game,” Spencer said. “We just didn’t compete like we needed too. This week we are going to work on getting better individually and trying to do better at our responsibilities. We are an assignment football team and when we don’t cover our individual assignments, it’s not going to turn out good.”