Casey County improves to 2-0 with win over Campbellsville

Published 12:22 am Saturday, August 26, 2017

Casey County again dismantled its Friday night opponent, taking down Campbellsville 50-18.

Preston Tucker continued to post strong numbers on the ground, rushing 17 times for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Austin Campbell completed 15-of-23 passes for 231 yards and two scores.

“I told our guys that I’m really proud of their resolve,” Casey coach Steve Stonebraker said. “We came back from some negative plays and created some positive things. We needed a game like this where we had to play four quarters of football.”

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Tucker’s first touchdown run came in the first quarter from 16 yards out.

Devonte Cubit put Campbellsville on the board midway through the first quarter with a four-yard run, but the two-point conversion failed.

That’s as close as Campbellsville would get to an even score.

Reece Brown caught a 36-yard pass from Campbell to put the Rebels ahead 14-6 after one quarter.

Tucker and Dalton Summers added two more touchdown runs in the second quarter to put Casey ahead 28-6 at the halftime break.

“Preston Tucker ran the ball hard again,” Stonebraker said. “The big thing for him right now is he knows what type of runner he is and he embraces it. That is part of why he is having success.”

Stonebraker added that his offensive line continued to own the trenches. Casey finished with 30 rushes for 221 yards.

“I loved how our offensive line played again,” he said. “We did a good job of handling some pressure and dominated the run game.”

Britt Pendleton again led the Rebels in receiving, catching nine passes for 125 yards and a score. Dustin Richards added two catches for 31 yards and Summers had two catches for 20 yards.

“Britt Pendleton and Dustin Richards did a good job making tough catches once again,” Stonebraker said. “Austin Campbell did a good job of moving his feet in the pocket against their pressure and getting the ball where it needed to go.”

The Casey defense faced a stiffer test than last week: Campbellsville rushed for 155 yards and threw for 138 more. But the Rebels held strong and let their offense do the work.

“A.J. Glenn, Ethan Ammons, Andrew Mercer, Ethan Parton, Britt Pendleton and Adam Price all made some solid plays defensively,” Stonebraker said. “We had a little ‘bend but don’t break’ in us and came up with some big-time red zone plays.”

Despite throwing two interceptions — one from Campbell and one from Tucker — Casey went even in the turnover battle, securing one interception and one fumble recovery.

Glenn capped the game with a 46-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put the game away for the Rebels, who will face rival Russell County next week.

“There are definitely some things we have to get better with so we’ve got to have the mindset to get back to work,” Stonebraker said. “We’ve got a big rivalry game next week, so our guys have to recalibrate and get prepped up.”