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Wildcats pummel Panthers

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HCHS Football

By Greg Woods

sports@hclocal.com

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The Henry County Wildcat football team hosted the Carroll County Panthers Friday night and came away with a 49-13 victory that was not as close as the score indicated. The Wildcats scored five first half touchdowns to lead 35-0 at halftime.

After Carroll County recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff they were stopped on their first drive and forced to punt.

Henry County took over on their own 16-yard line, Mason Fish rumbled 81 yards on third and 7 from the 19-yard line to give Henry County its first touchdown. Jacob Buckley’s extra point kick was good and the Wildcats led 7-0 with 6:49 left in the first quarter.

Neither team scored on their next possessions and the quarter ended with the Wildcats punting to the Panthers.

Carroll County started the next drive on their own 36 with a swing pass that sailed over the receiver’s head. The pass was deemed to have gone backward making it a fumble and Andrew Mahoney recovered for the Wildcats on the 24-yard line. Five plays later Fish scored on a nine-yard run and Henry County led 14-0 with 9:43 left in the first half.

Carroll County got a 39-yard run on first down to reach Henry County territory for the first time but the drive stalled when the Carroll County quarterback was sacked on 4th and 12 from at the 34-yard line.

Henry County took over on downs and Devin Hagan ripped off a 56-yard run on the third play of the drive to give Henry County a 21-0 lead with 6:24 left in the half.

Henry County got the ball back on a fumble recovery by Fish at the Carroll County 19-yard line just two plays later. Bodie Clark scored from five yards out on the third play of the drive to make it 28-0 with five minutes left.

The Wildcats got the ball back just 1:30 later when Cameron Johnson recovered another Panther fumble on a good hit by Bo Wagner.

Johnson then caught a 33-yard pass from quarterback Trevyn Spencer with 1:05 left to make the score 35-0 at halftime.

The Wildcats added another score in the third period on a 35-yard touchdown run by Fish to make it 42-0.

From that point the running clock rule went into effect and the Wildcats emptied their bench to allow their younger players to get varsity experience.

Carroll County scored on a two-yard run with 7:20 left in the game and after recovering a fumble added another score on a touchdown pass with 4:31 to go.

Freshman quarterback Tyler Raisor scored on a 51-yard run as time expired to finish the scoring.

The Wildcats had 350 yards rushing for the game and 41 yards passing. Spencer was two for six passing with Johnson and Austin Hartsell making the receptions.

Fish led the Cats with 129 yards on five carries. Devin Hagan had 91 yards on five carries, Hartsell had 62 yards on 8 carries and Clark had 22 yards on four carries. Raisor had just one carry but it was for the 50-yard touchdown to end the game.

Spencer carried two times for minus ten yards, Mahoney carried once for three yards and Nick Riggins carried once for three yards.

Fish also led the team in tackles with five while Clark, Gavin Black, Hagan, Jared Yount and Jeffrey Warren all had three tackles each.

Jacob Buckley was six for six on point after attempts.

“As I said last week the boys have one goal in mind and it’s hard to deny kids that when they put their minds to it,” Coach Jason Spencer said. “They could care less who makes the touchdowns and who makes the tackles. It’s another great team win. Hagan ran the ball hard, Hartsell ran the ball hard, Fish ran the ball hard and Clark ran the ball hard and they all blocked for each other. The offensive line and defensive lines played outstanding. Altogether, from top to bottom, they played a great ballgame.”