Casey County wins big on senior night

Published 12:32 am Saturday, September 23, 2017


Casey County’s senior night didn’t get started with a ‘bang.’

Instead, the Rebels had two turnovers — one interception in the red zone and a fumble on the next drive.

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But that slump didn’t last long, as the Rebels found their footing and blew past Jackson County 49-14 behind 257 total yards of offense from Preston Tucker.

“It was a good senior night for our guys,” head coach Steve Stonebraker said. “We started out offensively lacking some concentration with the football. After we settled down, we scored on every drive.”

Tucker got things started with a 52-yard run in the first quarter, only to be matched by a 67-yard pass from Jackson County’s Isaiah Baker to Jackson King.

Tucker caught a 79-yard pass from quarterback Austin Campbell later in the period to put Casey ahead 14-7 after one.

In the second quarter, Tucker scored twice —a two-yard run and an 81-yard reception. Britt Pendelton also got in on the action with a 29-yard catch from Campbell, putting Casey ahead 35-6 at halftime.

“Our offensive line — Austin Campbell, Collin Allen, Gabe Singleton, Brigham Floyd and Logan Combs —did a great job in pass protection and in opening running lanes for us,” Stonebraker said.

The Rebels are now 5-0 for just the third time in school history, and it’s the first time ever in Casey County that the Rebels have put up at least 40 points in four of their first five games.

A 67-yard punt return in the third quarter by Pendleton put the running clock into effect.

Shawn Browning would score a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Jackson County, matched by a 21-yard run by Reece Brown.

Brown’s touchdown was the only drive of the second half for Casey County.

“Reece Brown is continuing to get better at free safety,” Stonebraker said. “He had an interception tonight and is getting his feet in better position to make tackles.”

Tucker finished with just nine touches, but his 257 total offensive yards put him fifth in school history for a single game.

“Preston had a monster night with the football in his hands after fumbling on the second drive,” Stonebraker said. “It was good to see both him and Austin play through early mistakes and have good games.”

Defensively, Stonebraker was proud of the way his front seven stepped up to the task against a run-dominant team.

“I thought our defensive line played very well in spots,” the coach said. “Collin Allen had four tackles in only about three series of play on that side of the ball. Andrew Mercer had a big night with six total tackles. Sophomores Keegan Hansford and Trenton Gibson both did some good things playing the majority of the game at the end spots.

“A.J. Glenn played well again. He continues to be a consistent playmaker at linebacker. Ethan Parton had two sacks for us and Ethan Ammons had one. Senior Garret Bishop made some big tackles for us at the end of the game.”

The Rebels face a huge test next week, traveling to 4-1 Bell County.