Bell County (1-1) will be looking to rebound this week after a 41-7 defeat to Boyle County last Friday. The Bobcats will travel to Pike County Central (0-2) to play the Hawks, who are looking for their first victory of the season after a 34-32 loss to Shelby Valley.
In regards to the upcoming game, Bell head coach Wayne Mills said the Bobcats have to clean up themselves.
“It’s not so much about Pike Central this week as it is about the Bobcats,” said Mills. “We just got to regroup. Our kids got a great attitude. They work hard, and they want to get better.”
Mills said the biggest thing the team was going to work on this week was letting some of the kids go one way.
“I think we’re playing a lot of kids both ways, and I think it’s wearing down on us,” said Mills. “We need to try and platoon some. I think you might see us try to do that more.”
With that said, the coach said he likes his team. He said they have to get over the loss to Boyle County because it doesn’t mean anything as far as the season.
Pike County Central focused on throwing the ball against Shelby Valley and it showed. Seth Conn completed 14 of his 29 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns. He threw one interception as well.
The team’s second leading rusher, Conn ran for 49 yards on 15 attempts.
Bobcat quarterback Peyton Collett produced the majority of the offense against Boyle County through the air. He went 6-18 for 117 yards and one interception.
The Rebel defense contained Collett on the ground holding the quarterback to negative yard rushing.
Bell County has a strong presence in the backfield with the one, two, three punch of Treyton Humfleet, Chase Woolum and Nathan Collett.
Humfleet received the majority of the carries against Boyle County with 20 attempts and 92 yards. Woolum was the only Bobcat to reach the end zone. He also rushed for 20 yards on five attempts.
Nathan Collett, who is more of a power runner, ran the ball three times for 8 yards.
On the receiving end, Austin Asher had three receptions for 69 yards. Marcus Collins had the second most receiving yards against the Rebels with 38 on his lone reception.
Hunter Clark was the main target through the air for Pike County Central last week. He had seven receptions for 151 yards and three touchdowns. Brice Elkins and Stone Harris also got into the mix with three receptions each and 34 and 58 yards, respectively.
The leading rusher for the Hawks against Shelby Valley was Gabe Stanley, who ran for 51 yards on 14 attempts.
If last week’s game serves as a foreshadowing for Friday, the Bell County defense will likely face another team who passes the ball often. Against the surprise passing offense of Boyle County, the Bobcats surrendered 278 yards.
Following the game against the Rebels, Mills said his team usually does well against the pass. He also said the team was focused on stopping the running game that Boyle showed in the previous match against Central Hardin.
The Bell defense did shut down the running game against Boyle, only allowing 100 yards.
Jimmy Kidd led the defense in tackles with five while Collins followed suit with four. Woolum, Issac Muncy and Kyle Lee each had three tackles a piece.
Pike Central was led by Kameron Childress and Stanley on the defensive side of the ball. Childress finished the game with 12 tackles while Stanley ended with eight. Kirklan Peters added seven of his own.
One red flag for the Hawk defense is the amount of yards they allowed on the ground last week. Shelby Valley was able to rack up 357 yards rushing with 319 yards coming from two players.
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