The Henry County Wildcats traveled to Taylorsville on Friday night to take on the Spencer County Bears who were honoring their seniors in the regular season finale for both teams and lost 19-0.
The Wildcats found consistency on offense to be a problem. “We just couldn’t sustain any drives,” coach Jason Spencer said. “We haven’t had our full offensive backfield together much this year that makes it hard to get any consistency. With (quarterback) Brennen (Peniston) getting hurt in practice Tuesday it happened to us again.”
The Bears opened the scoring in the first quarter on a seven-yard pass with 4 minutes left. The point-after kick was good and the Wildcats found themselves down a touchdown early.
As the Wildcats struggled to move the ball the Bears found their offensive form and scored again with 9:15 left in the second quarter on an 80-yard run. The two-point conversion run failed leaving the Cats trailing by 13.
The Bears added another touchdown with 1:35 left in the half on a 58-yard pass play to make it 19-0 going into the locker.
The Wildcats were able to improve their defense in the second half but the offense continued to struggle.
“The defense played better in the second half after we made some adjustments at halftime,” Spencer said. “But they were a good team with a good defensive scheme and we were struggling without our Brennen.”
Neither team found the end zone in the second half to leave the Cats with a disappointing loss after big win over Elizabethtown last week.
“We had a little bit of an intensity letdown after last week,” Spencer said. “We just need to refocus and regroup and get ready for Corbin in the first round of the playoffs at home Friday night.”
Bodie Clark led the team in rushing with 61 yards. Austin Hartsell had 16 yards on 16 carries after having a big game against Elizabethtown. Mason Fish saw limited action on offense as he was eased back into the lineup from a knee injury and had 20 yards on four carries.
Devin Hagan had two catches for 25 yards and Cameron Johnson had two for nine yards.
Hagan and Jared Yount each had an interception for the defense.
The Cats closed the regular season with a record of 6-4 while Spencer County improved to 6-4 heading into the playoffs.