Coming on the heels of a 41-7 victory over Middlesboro, Bell County (1-0) travels to play a tough opponent in Boyle County (1-0) in the PBK Rebel Bowl on Saturday. The Rebels defeated Central Hardin 21-19 in the Little Caesars Ft. Harrod Bowl last Friday.
While the two teams don’t typically play in the regular season, they have a history with each other. In 2010, the Bobcats met Boyle County in the semi-final round of the playoffs. Bell, who was undefeated at the time, lost 25-21 while the Rebels went on to win the 4A State Championship.
The Bobcats suffered a similar fate against Boyle in 2009. The two teams met in the semi-final round. The Rebels defeated Bell 13-10 and moved on to win the state championship game against Lone Oak.
In 2008, the Bobcats defeated Boyle 17-15 to advance to the championship game against Bullitt East. Bell won the state title that year with a 15-13 victory over the Chargers.
Head coach Wayne Mills said he scheduled Boyle County to challenge his team early in the season.
“They’ve (Boyle) been a great 4A team, and they dropped down to 3A like ourself,” said Mills. “With our district being a little bit weaker, I just felt like we needed to play a tougher non-district schedule. My goal isn’t to go 10-0. My goal is to be playing deep in the playoffs.”
Mills said he believes the game will be a great challenge for his team to see their weaknesses and strengths.
“It will be a big game in the state of Kentucky, a big bowl game, and our kids will go play in a great atmosphere,” said the coach.
With the running backs carrying much of the load against Middlesboro, senior quarterback Peyton Collett quietly went 7 for 10 passing for 91 yards. He also rushed for 9 yards on five attempts.
A four-year starter, Collett protected the ball against the Yellow Jackets. He didn’t throw an interception in the game and held on to the ball when he scrambled. It can arguably be said that his leadership will be needed against a Rebel defense that had an interception and fumble recovery against Central Hardin.
Boyle County has a senior quarterback of their own in Josiah Robbins. Against the Bruins, he went 10 for 17 for 66 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.
On the ground, Robbins ran for 49 yards on 10 attempts.
The running backs saw most of the action for Bell County against the Yellow Jackets. Treyton Humfleet led the way for the Bobcats. He rushed for 130 yards and four touchdowns on 13 attempts, all in the first half.
Chase Woolum added 77 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts. Jarrett Collins and Tanner Asher ran for 41 and 42 yards, respectively. Collins also had a touchdown.
Ethan Murray, Austin Asher and Raynoch Thompson each had big receptions against Middlesboro to help set up scoring drives.
While no running back scored a touchdown for Boyle in their opening game, the team was still able to rack up 134 yards rushing. Cory Swanner was the team’s leading rusher on the night with 69 yards on nine attempts. Robbins had 49 yards and Trintin Ashburn finished the game with 16 yards on seven attempts.
Mack Cox hauled in 53 yards and a touchdown on three receptions for the Rebels. Eric Brown caught five passes for 36 yards and a touchdown against the Bruins.
Bell County’s strong defensive play helped lead the Bobcats to victory last week. The defense only allowed 3 yards passing and 122 yards rushing. Sixty-two of those rushing yards came in the form of a big run from Chase Elliott in the second half of the game.
Issac Muncy walked away with an interception, and Jimmy Kidd recovered one fumble. Kyle Lee led the team in tackles with eight followed closely by Marcus Collins and Kidd. Thompson finished the game with four tackles of his own.
The Rebels allowed 150 yards passing and 103 yards rushing against Central Hardin. Josh Robbins had one interception, and Hunter Floyd returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Hagen Ellis was the leading tackler for Boyle with 16. Austin Bodner finished the game with 13 tackles, and Wade Acey and Nick Rodney finished the game with eight tackles each.
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