Garrard County takes out Fleming County, 20-14

Published 12:56 am Saturday, November 4, 2017


Contributing Writer

FLEMINGSBURG — Traditionally, a four seed is expected to roll over to the top seeds in the first round of the playoffs. But someone forgot to tell that to Garrard County.

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The Golden Lions rolled into Fleming County and rushed past the top-seeded Panthers, 20-14.

Garrard County rode their senior tailback Josh Warren for the win. Warren carried the ball 49 times for 203 yards. Warren’s 49 carries nearly totaled Fleming County’s 41 plays.

Warren put his stamp on the game early, scoring on a 69-yard run on the second play of the game to give the Golden Lions an 8-0 lead.

“It was a big advantage for us to get the ball first, before the field got messed up,” Garrard coach Jerry Perry said. “Once we went ahead, I hoped that those eight points would stand.”

It looked like the 8-0 lead could stand.

It did hold up for the first half as neither team would get close to scoring. Garrard County held Fleming County to 50 yards in the first half, with the Panthers finishing the game with 209 total yards.

The Golden Lions pushed their lead to 14-0 with 4:23 to play in the third quarter as David Pennington ran for a 40-yard score, capping off a 13 play, 96-yard drive.

But the Panthers didn’t lay down.  Fleming County scored twice in the final three minutes of the third quarter, tying the game 14-14. The Panthers first scored as Josh Hamm broke free for a 24-yard run with 2:31 to play in the third. Hamm stepped up at running back after Nick Clark was injured on the opening kick of the second half.

Hamm filled in nicely, carrying the ball six times for 71-yards and a score. “When Nick (Clark) went down, we needed someone to step up,” Fleming Coach Bill Spencer said. “Josh (Hamm) took advantage of the opportunity. One thing about Josh, he will always give his all and he helped get us back in the ballgame.”

Fleming County tied the game on the final play of the quarter as Josh Crump tossed an 18-yard TD pass to Cole Saunders. Crump finished the game with 167-yard through the air, completing 16-of-33 pass attempts. Crump was picked off twice in the game.

Garrard County took the lead for good with 6:43 to play in the game. Backed up with a third and 28, Connor Isaccs threw a 34-yard TD pass to Anthony Justus, giving the Golden Lions a 20-14 lead. Justus also converted a fake punt on the drive.

“We knew they were going to throw it and we knew they were going to throw it to,” Spencer said. “I don’t know how he ended up so open.”

The Golden Lions snapped a five-game skid with the win and will travel to Lexington Catholic this Friday.