BARBOURVILLE —The Bell County Bobcats were one of several teams taking part in a 7-on-7 passing tournament at Union College on Wednesday.
“The biggest thing this time of year is that we’re trying to get better and get our kids in shape coming off the dead period. It helps with timing between the quarterback and receivers and it’s good for your defense to see a lot of formations and get to work coverages,” Mills said. “You just don’t this at home so it’s very beneficial to our kids.”
Bell put on one of the best shows of the event with a 31-0 win over Pulaski Southwestern in their second game.
Junior quarterback Peyton Collett hooked up with junior Chase Woolum for touchdowns of 1, 3 and 18 yards in that game. Senior Evan Brock set up Woolum’s first score with a big gain on a catch and run. Collett and Brock both moved very well on the turf after undergoing knee operations since last season.
Sophomore receiver Austin Asher got behind the defense and Collett hit him in stride for a 40-yard touchdown for the second Bobcat score. Sophomore Treyton Humfleet and junior Isaac Muncy stood out in the defensive backfield with senior linebacker Corey Swanner also making several plays in coverage as Bell County kept the Warriors off the board. Humfleet added three points to the Bobcat total with a interception over the middle that set the final score at 31-0.
Earlier in the day Bell County dropped a tight 17-14 decision to Harlan County. The Bobcats were hurt by a couple of close plays involving the whistle (plays were blown dead if the quarterback didn’t release a pass withing five seconds of the snap). One play was blown dead while the ball was in the air to take away a Bell interception. Another time the whistle blew with the ball in the air but play was allowed to continue on a 40-yard Black Bear touchdown that proved to be difference.
The game turned after Asher was touched down at around the two-yard line, setting up a a first and goal for the Bobcats who led 14-10. Four straight incompletions gave the ball back to the Bears and they answered with that 40-yard TD to take the win.
Bell was set to wrap up their round-robin competition against North Laurel later Wednesday afternoon.
“We’ve got some young kids that can catch the ball. Peyton’s got to take a good step this year, he’s a junior and it’s time for him to really take control and be a leader and he’s done those things for us,” Mills added. “Peyton’s a competitor and all of our kids are. My goal for us is not to go out and win 7-on-7s, but it’s football time and we’ve got to go out and get better each and every day.