When football games start, the score is usually 0-0.
When Southwestern started playing last night, they already were down 14-0.
After a rough start by the Southwestern Warriors, visiting Lincoln County was able to leave the Reservation with a 24-14 victory.
The Patriots took advantage of three first quarter turnovers by Southwestern to grab a ten-point win. The first half struggle was simply too much for the Warriors to overcome, as Mike Settles’ Patriot team moved to 2-2 in district play, while Southwestern fell to 1-3.
For the second week in a row, the Warrior offense stalled, making it difficult for the boys in blue and orange to make it comeback.
“We got ourselves into a 14-0 hole at the half,” began Andy Stephens, who saw his squad fall to 3-5 overall on the year. “We played fine in the second half, we just weren’t good enough offensively to overcome that - we’ve got to learn that. We’re not explosive enough on offense to overcome that large of a deficit.”
Lincoln County took advantage of a bad snap early in the first period to jump out to a 7-0 lead, as Logan Robinson tallied his only score of the contest on a 12-yard run. An extra point from Austin Ashcraft gave the Patriots a seven-point advantage with 9:14 left in the opening period.
Late in the opening half, quarterback Justin Hubble threw a five-yard pass past the Warrior defense to Austin Cress for a touchdown. Thanks to a successful kick from Ashcraft, Lincoln County led 14-0 with 1:44 left until the intermission.
Southwestern got their first touchdown of the evening with 9:22 remaining in the third frame on a two-yard run from junior tailback Logan Campisano. On the two-point conversion, sophomore quarterback Austin Smiddy dove into the end zone to make the score, 14-8, in favor of Lincoln County.
The Patriots found the end zone for the third and final time of the evening with 4:19 left in the third quarter, as Connor Patterson ran in from two yards out for a score. Ashcraft’s made extra point gave the Patriots a 21-8 advantage over the Warriors.
With 31 seconds left in the third quarter of action, Smiddy tossed a 28-yard pass to senior James Vinson for a touchdown. After Vinson’s first career touchdown, the ‘Blue and Orange’ found themselves trailing by seven points at 21-14.
Lincoln County ran out to a ten-point, 24-14 lead with 8:20 left in the contest, when Ashcraft made a 17-yard field goal.
The Warrior offense would never threaten to score in the final quarter, which resulted in their second straight loss. To make things simple, the offense must get better.
“It’s two weeks in a row that we’ve not been able to get the job done offensively - it’s disappointing,” told the second-year Warrior football coach. “We’ve got to look at what we’re doing, but we’re just not making plays right now. We’re having a little trouble with speed and explosiveness.”
Southwestern’s offense put up 138 total yards in the game, with 33 passing yards and 105 rushing yards. Two fumbles and an interception didn’t help the Warriors’ cause either.
Campisano had a team-high 70 yards, along with a touchdown, on 14 carries. Smiddy, through the air, completed two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown, in which Vinson caught.
The Patriots had 153 rushing yards and 60 passing yards for a combined 213 yards of offense. Robinson carried the load for Lincoln County, as he finished with 136 yards and a score on 30 attempts. Patterson came up with 43 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Passing-wise, Hubble went 8 of 12 for 60 yards and a touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jesse Meece grabbed a one-handed interception, Wyatt Karter had two sacks, and Lucas “Bama” Brewer had a fumble recovery.
With the loss to Lincoln County, the Warriors, who fell to 1-3 in district action. will need some help if they want to make it into the Class 5A State Playoffs.
“We’re in a tough situation right now,” Stephens stated. “Some people have to help us out to even make it into the playoffs. We put ourselves into a bad situation.”
Southwestern will play their final home game of the 2012 regular season next Friday night, when they will host cross-town rival Pulaski County at 7:30 p.m. at the Reservation.
When football games start, the score is usually 0-0.
- Local Sports
Somerset runs down Maroons
With a win over Somerset on Monday afternoon, the Pulaski County Maroons could have all but sewn up a number one seed inside the 47th District.
This Girl is on Fire
Two-time KHSAA Class A triple jump state champion Somerset High School junior Maranda Mills is off to a blazing start to her track season this spring.
Pulaski holds off Rockets
After giving up two runs to Rockcastle County High School in the opening half of the first inning, the Pulaski County High School baseball team looked as if they might be in trouble in this pivotal District 47 match-up.
Briar Jumpers nuke Casey County
After a district loss to Rockcastle County on Tuesday, followed by a devastating Class “A” Regional Championship loss to the Danville Admirals on Wednesday, the Somerset High School Briar Jumpers needed to get back on track.
Maranda Mills, Austin Hyden win meet MVP’s
The weather on Saturday was perfect for the 38th annual Joan Spurlock Lake Cumberland Classic at Somerset High School’s Joan Spurlock Track Complex.
Justin Edwards, Virginia Scott named County Basketball Players of the Year
The 2013-’14 high school basketball season was one that saw both Southwestern hoops teams advance all the way to the regional semi finals, while the PC boys won a fifth consecutive district tournament, and the Somerset Lady Jumpers earned a berth in a regional tourney for the second year in a row.
Lady Jumpers hold off Pulaski
It’s been a rough few days for first-year head coach Brad Gover and the Pulaski County Lady Maroon softball team.
The ‘New’ Lady Maroons show no signs of giving up
With the Somerset Lady Jumpers holding the best softball record in the 12th Region, and Pulaski just six days removed from a massive mutiny – nobody expected much of a game.
Warrior anglers win Region
In only their first year in competition, the Southwestern High School bass fishing team wasted little time to show their dominance in the newly recognized KHSAA sport.
Pulaski’s Walk Off
Over the past three seasons, the Pulaski County High School softball program has went through several changes.
- More Local Sports Headlines
- Somerset runs down Maroons