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September 15, 2012

Breathitt Co. upends Somerset, 24-13

Somerset — The Breathitt County Bobcats beat The Somerset Briar Jumpers by a score of 24-13 to give the Jumpers their first loss of the year. It was a game that featured the running efforts of Bobcat Senior Quarterback, Richard Trent, with three touchdowns, a two point conversion, and a fifth win on the season for his team.

The first quarter marked an event the Bobcats had not seen in more than two years: they didn't score. Same with the second quarter. Everything the talented senior from Jackson Kentucky could throw at the Briar Jumpers just went for naught. Even though Trent carried the ball 13 times for 64 yards, and threw for seven completions out of 15 throws, it was just not enough to escape the hordes of rabbits that kept coming after him.

In a huge turn of events, BC, which looked certain to score with less than a minute to play in the first quarter, Tevin Slaughter burst through the line (the ball was on the 6 yard line) and caught Trent, who had obviously considered running the ball in for the easy touchdown. It was not to be. Turnover on downs.

Somerset had the ball with 24.2 seconds to play in the first quarter, and Senior running back Tevin Slaughter ran, carried players and gutted out 77 yards down to the Breathitt County 13 yard line. A bad exchange on the snap forced Somerset to wait until the second quarter to score.

The score at the quarter was 0-0, but didn't last but 49 seconds, as Somerset Junior Quarterback Tanner Gadberry threw the touchdown pass to Cam Cheuvront, who glided into the end zone. PAT Dobbs and Somerset is up 7-0.

Somerset would try to score once again in the first half, but the 35-yard field goal attempt was wide to the left and the teams retired to the locker room with Somerset ahead 7-0.

When they emerged, the Breathitt County team was a different one from the one that played in the first half.

 To simply summarize, Richard Trent put on an exhibition, rushing for three touchdowns: one from 57, one from 48, and the last from 6. He didn’t throw a single touchdown pass, but he did tack on a two point conversion—his second of the season—to increase his personal points scored stat to 70.

Somerset gave away its second safety in four games, and the result was insurmountable.

But Somerset did not give up.

With 49 seconds on the clock, Somerset Junior running back Will Lange scored the last touchdown of the game. The two point conversion failed.

Despite the loss, neither the team nor the coaching staff seemed ready to hang their heads.

“It’s a bump in the road,” one of the assistant coaches told me on the way off the field, “and there’s a long, long road to go before the end of the season.”

Briar Jumper Head Coach Robbie Lucas analyzed it this way:

“We staggered a little bit in the first and second quarter. We staggered a little bit and we missed some opportunities to score some points early, and when you miss those opportunities against a very good football team, you end up where we did.”

Lucas complimented the Bobcat effort.

“They came out in the third quarter, they were down 7 and the quarterback took it on his own shoulders and won the game for them.”

“What you saw is a team that is ready and primed,” he continued. “ And our kids need to understand this is one game. We are exactly where we were a year ago. We are sitting at 3 and 1.”

“Next week, we travel to Glasgow to play another very good football team,” Lucas said. “I want to make sure the mettle of our character is tested again. And that’s something I want to see as we go through these games.”

He once again emphasized the length of the season.

“You know, when you play teams like Breathitt County you get to measure yourself on some things.  And we fell short tonight.

 “But I told the kids at the end of the game we need to make sure that we come back together, that we start on Monday, and we measure our character

 “We’ll watch film and we’ll go from there.

“Hats off to Breathitt,” Lucas said. “They wanted it more and they won the game.”

Somerset is now 3-1 on the season. In the next weeks, they will play Glasgow away, then Whitley County at the Briar Patch before starting a challenging schedule in its own district.

Glasgow suffered a disappointing loss to Monroe County 28-0 last night, Whitley County won and will likely have an easy win against Lynn Camp next week.

Both Danville and Lexington Christian won last night: Danville downed Southwestern and Lexington Christian handed Hazard its second defeat in as many weeks.

It is indeed a long road for the Briar Jumpers between now and December.

But they would certainly prefer the losses come now instead of later.

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