The Eminence Warriors were coming off two impressive performances when they hosted the Kentucky Country Day Bearcats for homecoming on Friday night.
The Warriors couldn’t make it three in a row as the Bearcats jumped on them with their opening possession and had the game all but put away by halftime.
“They’re a solid team,” Coach Steve Frommeyer said. “They are well-disciplined, very efficient and almost a machinelike kind of team. They came out fired up. They had lost a couple of games to bigger teams and were ready to come in here and get a win against us.”
KCD got a big play on third-and-1 from their 44-yard line on their opening series when they ripped off a 29-yard run to the Warrior 27-yard line. The Bearcats then completed a tough pass into the end zone under good coverage for the first score of the game. The kick was good and with 9:33 left in the first quarter the Warriors were down 7-0.
EHS went three-and out on their first possession and the Bearcats marched downfield to score again with 2:39 left in the first quarter. A key play on the drive came when a Jalen Dixie interception was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty. KCD took advantage of the second chance and eventually scored on a 1-yard run to make it 14-0.
Eminence went three and out again on their next possession.
KCD quickly took advantage again when they got a 27-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds to go in the quarter. The kick failed on a bad snap and the Bearcats had a 20-point lead going into the second period.
EHS got their first first-down of the game with 10 minutes left in the second period on a 20-yard run by starting quarterback DeMarcus Bailey, in an ailing Justin Mitchell.
Bailey got another 10-yard run to get the ball to the KCD 31-yard line before Shelby Armstrong carried it 15 yards for a first down at the 16-yard line. The Warriors appeared to be back in the game but it was not to be. After two incomplete passes, Bailey was sacked for a five-yard loss to make it fourth and 15.
The Warriors tried a trick play when Bailey handed to Armstrong going right. Armstrong pulled up and threw across the field to Bailey, who was surrounded by Bearcats. He got five yards, but the drive had stalled.
The Warriors stopped KCD on their next possession but an interception with 1:45 to go before halftime ended another chance for the Warriors to get on the board.
KCD marched quickly downfield and scored on a 7-yard run with 41 seconds to go before halftime to make the score 27-0.
The Bearcats added two more scoring runs in the third period and the Warriors got their first score on a 27-yard pass from Bailey to Jalen Dixie.
Tyrei Hanlon added the final score of the game in the fourth period when he returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.
“Our kids are back in the pattern of good week-bad week,” Frommeyer said. “It’s frustrating for me and I’m sure frustrating for the kids. We just can’t seem to get any consistency. I don’t know if it was homecoming hype or what but we were just not ready to play.
“On the positive side we are tickled to have Mitchell Golden back from his wrist injury. He played the game with a big brace on his hand. We are really proud of how hard he worked to get back. He blocked well on the end and made a nice catch.
“Jalen Dixie had another good game. He made three outstanding catches. He never gives up on a ball. He continues to come out ready to play every week as do some of the others, but overall as a team we do not.
“Despite our inconsistency all season, we are only half way through the schedule and still have a chance to work on getting consistent and achieving all of our goals.”