The Bell County Bobcats celebrated homecoming with a 48-0 win over Casey County on Friday.
It was big bounce-back performance after last week’s loss at Wayne County and offensive balance was a big key in the game.
Sophomore quarterback Peyton Collett completed 9 of 12 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns while the Bobcats ran for 171 yards and five scores on 23 carries in the game.
Sophomore Chase Woolum got Bell County rolling when he returned the opening kickoff 43 yards down to the Rebel 21. Hayden Gilbert picked up 17 yards on a receiver sweep and Woolum plowed in from 2-yards out to cap the quick drive. Gilbert’s kick made it 7-0 less than 30 seconds into the game.
Casey got a 20-yard completion from Luke Patterson to Breece Hayes on their first offensive play, but went three-and-out from there. Following an exchange of interceptions, the Bobcats took over at their own 26.
Austin Caldwell, who had intercepted the pass for Bell, broke an 18-yard run and Woolum found a cut-back lane for a 31-yard pick-up down to the Casey 23. Peyton Collett hit Justin Warwick for 19 yards and Woolum again scored on a 4-yard run to make it 14-0 after one quarter.
Gilbert’s kick off was a screaming knuckler that hit along the sideline and then bounced back toward the middle of the field. Colin Miller hesitated, then fielded the ball inside the five and was cut down at the two.
The Rebels managed one first down, but freshman linebacker Nathan Collett stormed into the backfield on third and four and slung Wyatt Biship down for a 6-yard loss back at the 16 and Casey had to punt.
After a Woolum return the Bobcats took over at the Casey 43 and went 43 yards on eight plays. Collett completed passes to Warwick for 7 yards, Caldwell for 11 yards and Warwick again for 9 on the drive. Caldwell added a 10-yard run and later completed the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run for a 20-0 lead with 6:15 to play in the second quarter.
The Rebels turned the ball over on downs on their next possession with Kyle Lee breaking up the fourth-down pass and Bell took over at the Casey 36.
The Bobcats needed just one play to score as Collett had lots of time in the pocket and hit Ben Collett in the end zone from 36-yards out for the touchdown. Caldwell ran in the conversion and it was 28-0.
Casey put together their best drive of the game over the final four minutes of the half but came up short on a 34-yard field goal attempt just before halftime.
Bell continued to pull away in the second half with three turnovers leading to short fields. Woolum scored on a 5-yard run, Nathan Collett scored on a 48-yard pass from Peyton Collett and Jarrett Collins completed the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run with 4:37 to play.
Caldwell led the Bobcats with 66 yards on nine carries, Woolum added 33 yards on five runs. Senior fullback Shane Lawson got in on the act with 27 yards on three carries and Collins finished with four carries for 24 yards.
Warwick caught five passes for 38 yards while Ben Collett hauled in two for 53.
The Rebels were led by Wyatt Bishop’s 45 yards on 14 carries while Rance Carman added 34 yards on ten runs. Luke Patterson was 5 of 10 passing for 66 yards and Hayes led the Rebel receivers with three catches for 38 yards.
Bell’s defense held Casey to 87 net rushing yards and 66 passing yards. Caldwell and Warwick had interceptions while Andrew Harris recovered a fumble on a second half kick return and Gilbert also recovered a fumble.
Bell County (4-3, 1-1) has an open date next week and will host Corbin on Oct. 18. Casey County (1-5, 1-1) hosts Wayne County next Friday.
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BC- Chase Woolum 2 run (Hayden Gilbert kick)
BC- Woolum 4 run (Gilbert kick)
BC- Austin Caldwell 3 run (kick fail)
BC- Ben Collett 36 pass from Peyton Collett (Caldwell run)
BC- Woolum 5 run (kick fail)
BC- Nathan Collett 48 pass from Peyton Collett (Caldwell run)
BC- Jarrett Collins 9 run (run fail)
|Total yards ||153||321|
|Passing yards ||66||150|
RUSHING —Casey County: Wyatt Bishop 14-45, Rance Carman 10-34, Jaylan Waddle 2-5, Colin Miller 1-2, Luke Patterson 4-(-1); Bell County: Austin Caldwell 9-66, Chase Woolum 5-33, Shane Lawson 3-27, Jarrett Collins 4-24, Hayden Gilbert 1-17, Corey Swanner 2-4.
PASSING — Casey County: Patterson 5-10-2-66, Michael Randall 0-1-0-0; Bell County: Peyton Collett 9-12-1-150.
RECEIVING — Casey County: Breece Hayse 3-38, Gary Propes 1-19, Randall 1-9; Bell County: Justin Warwick 5-38, Ben Collett 2-53, Nathan Collett 1-48, Caldwell 1-11.