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Wildcats fall to Mustang, 28-14

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By Greg Woods

 sports@hclocal.com

The Henry County Wildcats football team traveled to Louisville Friday night to take on Class 4A Moore High School and fell 28-14.

The Mustangs jumped on top in the first period with touchdown runs of 32, 24 and 60 yards to lead 22-0.

The Wildcats’ defense improved after that and held Moore scoreless in the second period. But the Wildcats could not find the end zone either and went into the locker room trailing by three touchdowns.

Moore scored on a 36-yard run in the second period before the Wildcats began to mount a little comeback

Brackxton Smither scored on a 30-yard run early in the fourth period before making it 28-14 with a late 2-yard touchdown run.

Smither was forced to play quarterback this week in a single wing formation as Henry County quarterback Eli Amiott suffered a knee injury against Waggener last week.

Smither rushed 41 times for 200 yards and passed five times completing two passes for 11 yards. He was also picked off two times.

The Wildcats also had three fumbles lost in the game, which stopped several promising drives according to Coach Matt Wright. The Wildcats rushed a total of 56 times for 243 yards.

Moore completed four of 13 passes for 110 yards with one interception and rushed 15 times for 199 yards and four touchdowns.

“It’s the same issue we have had all season on defense,” Wright said. “For the most part we stopped them but we haven’t been able to stop the big play from happening. They didn’t really have any sustained drives. I told the kids that I was not disappointed with the effort but I was disappointed with the execution.”

The Wildcats failed to make the playoffs this season and finished with a 3-7 record. Moore finished the regular season 9-1 and moves on to play West Jessamine in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Wright’s final comments were about his senior players.

“The seniors led by example,” Wright said. “They weren’t a super vocal group but they always did what they were supposed to do. They worked hard in the weight room, on the practice field and on the game field.

“I told them Friday that they improved the program over their four years because of their work ethic.”