After holding on to a 14-10 win over Wayne County last week, Bell County (3-1) will travel to Whitley County (2-1) on Friday. Both teams will be looking for their third win in a row after the Colonels picked up a 40-14 victory over West Jessamine on Friday.
Last year, the Bobcats ran away with a 57-13 victory over Whitley County. The Colonels’ only loss this year came in the season opener against Corbin. Bell’s lone defeat came against Boyle County on Aug. 29.
The rushing attack
The running game will make the difference when the Bobcats meet the Colonels. Both teams have focused on the running game up to this point in the season.
Against Wayne County, Treyton Humfleet ran the ball 28 times for 139 yards and one touchdown. On the year, he has 555 yards on 81 attempts and 12 touchdowns.
The second running back in the three-headed monster that is the Bobcat rushing attack is Chase Woolum. While he only got two carries against Wayne, he has 256 yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns.
Nathan Collett rounds out the Bell rushing attack. Last week, he ran the ball five times for 11 yards. On the year, he has 20 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown.
The Colonels have a multi-weapon running attack as well. The duo of Luke Woods and Nathan Jackson have combined for 800 yards rushing on the year.
An athletic quarterback in his own right, Woods has rushed for 574 yards on 56 attempts. He has also recorded eight touchdowns on the year. Against West Jessamine, he ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 18 attempts.
Jackson, the team’s second leading rusher, has averaged 75 yards a game in route to 226 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He was the team’s leading rusher last week when he rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts.
Stopping the run
What may be just as important as establishing the run game Friday may be stopping the run game. Both teams will play an opponent looking to run the ball often.
The Bobcat defense was able to stop a potent Wayne County rushing attack last week. They held the Cardinals to 321 yards rushing. On the year, Bell has allowed 673 yards rushing.
Marcus Collins and Humfleet led the defense in tackles last week. Collins finished the game with 11 tackles while Humfleet finished with 10. George Philpot had eight of his own.
Humfleet and Issac Muncy had one fumble recovery apiece against Wayne. On the year, Muncy and Peyton Collett lead the team with one interception.
The Bell defense has also allowed 545 yards passing on the year, most of them coming against Boyle County.
The Colonels have given up 654 yards on the ground this season. Against West Jessamine, the team only allowed 23 yards rushing and 116 yards passing.
On the year, Tristin McKiddy leads the team in tackles with 28. Jackson follows with 27 tackles. Hunter Asher has 22 tackles.
McKiddy, Dylan Wilson and Black Conchas each have a fumble recovery this year. Austin Caldwell has the team’s only interception.
Through the air
While neither team will likely throw the ball much, the passing game came prove to be an important aspect on Friday. Last week, the passing game aided Bell County in their victory over the Cardinals.
Peyton Collett has thrown for 349 yards and one touchdown on 17 completions on the year. The main target through the air has been Austin Asher.
Asher has 163 yards on seven receptions. He also added a touchdown to his season resume last week. He is currently averaging 40.8 yards a game.
Woods has completed 19 passes on 39 attempts. He has tallied 266 yards and two touchdowns this year.
Cameron Johnson and Cameron Rose have been the main targets in the Whitley passing attack. Both receivers have seven receptions and one touchdown on the year. Rose leads the receiving corps in yards with 142. Johnson has 91 yards this season.
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