Bell County christened their new football field on Friday with a lopsided victory over crosstown rival Middlesboro. The Bobcats got off to a strong start and defeated the Yellow Jackets, 41-7.
Bell head coach Wayne Mills credited the linemen for the team’s success against Middlesboro.
“We took our lumps with sophomore linemen, and I feel like our kids have weathered the storm. We’re an older football team up front now,” said Mills. “Games are won up front. I felt like we controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and that made a big difference.”
Treyton Humfleet led the way for Bell County as the running back racked up four touchdowns, all in the first half, on 13 carries. He had 130 yards rushing.
“Treyton has got good speed and has worked his tail off to become one of the better backs around, and that’s his goal,” said Mills. “He gives a lot of credit to his linemen, but he’s got good speed and he’s strong. As long as he can stay healthy, I think it will be a big plus with him and Chase (Woolum) and big Nathan (Collett). I think it will give us a lot of fire power.”
In addition to Humfleet, Chase Woolum and Jarrett Collins also scored rushing touchdowns for the Bobcats. Woolum finished the game with 77 yards on 14 carries. Collins ran 41 yards on four carries.
Middlesboro had a rough time moving the ball on offense. The team had 125 yards of total offense.
“I feel like we came out and we were shell shocked,” said Jacket head coach Zach Massengill. “We came out and I felt like the entire first half we were on our heels. We weren’t attacking.”
Massengill said part of it was youth, and the team has to grow up in a hurry.
“The schedule doesn’t get any easier with Whitley County,” said the coach. “For the most part, I thought it was a big ball game for some young kids. I thought we got better as the third quarter and fourth quarter progressed.”
Chase Elliott scored Middlesboro’s lone touchdown with 7:23 remaining in the game with a 62-yard run on second and 17. He finished with 107 yards rushing on 11 carries. He also completed five passes on 11 attempts for 3 yards.
Parker Evans was the Jackets second leading rusher. He had 12 yards rushing on four carries.
Middlesboro’s offense struggled out of the gate. The team was forced to a four and out on their first possession of the game.
Bell took over possession at the 39-yard-line after a punt from the Jackets. After a 3-yard run from Woolum, Humfleet broke free on a 21-yard run. Woolum then went 8-yards on a run of his own.
Humfleet ran the ball for a 16-yard gain to give the Bobcats a first down. Two plays later he reached the end zone on a 10-yard run with 7:12 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point gave Bell a 7-0 lead.
The Jackets couldn’t get anything going on the next possession. Following a run for no gain, Elliott threw an interception to Issac Muncy at their own 45.
The Bobcats were able to move the ball down to the 27 behind the legs of Woolum and Humfleet. Peyton Collett connected on a 22-yard pass to Ethan Murray to take Bell to the Middlesboro 5-yard-line. Woolum moved the ball closer to the end zone on a 2-yard plunge.
Following a fumble and recovery by Collett, Humfleet scored his second touchdown of the evening on a 3-yard run with 3:20 remaining in the first. A Kyle Lee PAT increased the Bobcat lead to 14-0.
Middlesboro found life on the ensuing possession and was able to move into Bell territory. After receiving the ball at the 40, Elliott broke free on a 18-yard run. A pass to Anthony Jackson resulted in negative yards for the Jackets.
Elliott was then sacked to put Middlesboro on the 50. Another long run from Elliott moved the Jackets back into scoring position. The quarterback ran 23 yards to give Middlesboro a first down on third and 18.
Three plays later, Elliott connected with Jackson again to move the ball to the Bell 15. The play would be the last of the first quarter with Middlesboro trailing 14-0.
The Jackets opened the second quarter with two plays for short yardage. An incomplete on third down forced Middlesboro to attempt a 28-yard field goal. The kicker missed the attempt, leaving the Jackets trailing 14-0.
A 22-yard Humfleet run and a facemask penalty put the Bobcats deep in Middlesboro territory. On the second play of the possession, Woolum powered his way to the 27-yard-line for a first down.
Two plays later, Woolum charged forward to the 13-yard-line on a 4-yard run. Jacket defenders dropped Humfleet in the backfield to give Bell a third and 9. Collett scrambled to the 3-yard-line before being dropped by a swarm of Jackets.
A 3-yard touchdown run from Nathan Collett was called back because of an illegal procedure penalty. Two plays later, Humfleet found the end zone for the third time on a 5-yard run with 7:25 remaining in the half.
Woolum bobbled the snap on the PAT but was able to throw the ball to Collins to convert the 2-point conversion, bringing the score to 22-0 in favor of Bell County.
After two short gains from Elliott and Logan Capps, an incomplete passed forced Middlesboro to punt the ball away.
The Bobcats drove the ball into Jacket territory on their next possession after receiving the ball at their own 46.
A 21-yard pass from Peyton Collett to Austin Asher took Bell down to the Middlesboro 14. Two plays later, Woolum drove the ball 10 yards to the 3-yard-line. A penalty called back a 3-yard touchdown run by Nathan Collett.
On the next play, Humfleet burst through the hole for an 8-yard touchdown, his fourth of the night. The PAT increased the Bobcat lead to 29-0. The touchdown was the final of the half.
On the first possession of the second half, Bell advanced the ball to the Middlesboro 13. Nathan Collett ran 13 yards, but fumbled the ball in the end zone. The ball bounced out of bounds for a touchback, giving Middlesboro possession.
On the very next play, Elliott fumbled the handoff. Jimmy Kidd recovered the ball for the Bobcats.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Bell pushed the ball back to the Jacket 17 following a run by Woolum. Peyton Collett passed the ball 13 yards to Raynoch Thompson to move Bell to the 4-yard-line.
Woolum charged to the 1-yard-line. On second and goal, he pushed forward for the 1-yard touchdown with 8:01 remaining in the third. A missed extra point brought the score to 35-0.
Neither team would score again until the fourth quarter.
Two plays into the quarter, Collins plowed his way to the end zone on a 2-yard run with 11:19 remaining in the game. Another missed PAT brought the score to 41-0.
Middlesboro scored their only touchdown on the next possession. On second and 17, Elliott was forced out of the pocket by a host of Bobcats. After being touched by two Bell defenders, he juked his way 62 yards for the touchdown.
It was the final points of the game, bringing the final to 41-7 in favor of Bell County.
On Friday, Middlesboro (0-1) will host Whitley County (0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Bell will travel to Boyle County on Aug. 29 with the game starting at 8 p.m.
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B — Humfleet 10-yard run (PAT good)
B — Humfleet 3-yard run (PAT good)
B — Humfleet 5-yard run (Woolum to Collins 2-point conversion)
B — Humfleet 8-yard run (PAT good)
B — Woolum 1-yard run (PAT no good)
B — Collins 2-yard run (PAT no good)
M — Elliott 62-yard run (PAT good)
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