Bell hosts Casey County on Friday

Published 9:57 am Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bell County continues the district portion of their schedule this week as they look to start 2-0 in the district. Last week, the Bobcats handed McCreary Central a 75-43 loss to start 1-0 in the district and erase the bad taste left by a loss to Whitley County.

On Friday, the Bobcats will get the chance to start the season 2-0 in the district when No. 7 Casey County visits Log Mountain. Last year, the Rebels finally pulled one off against Bell County when they defeated the Bobcats, 53-14.

With the exception of last season, Casey County has never scored more than 16 points against Bell County. In the six-game series since the two teams started playing regularly, the Bobcats have averaged 43.5 points against the Rebels. Casey County has averaged 15.7 points against the Bobcats.

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Most would agree that last year was an outlier season for the Rebels with a senior-heavy squad leading the way. This year, most of those weapons are gone, and Bell County will have a chance to knock off a top 10 ranked team in Class 3A.

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Similar to a year ago, Casey County will enter Friday’s game undefeated. The Rebels boast a 5-0 record with lopsided victories over Barren County, Campbellsville, Russell County, Jeffersontown and Jackson County.

While the team lost their all-state honorable mention quarterback, Austin Campbell has took over the role just fine. The junior has tallied 1,159 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air on 61 percent passing.

Britt Pendleton and Dustin Richards have been the two top targets for Campbell this season. Pendleton has hauled in a team-high 30 receptions for 422 yards and four touchdowns. Richards has 21 receptions for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Preston Tucker leads the team in touchdown receptions with five while tallying 289 yards on 10 catches.

Tucker —who also rushed for 23 yards and caught four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown last season against Bell —has been effective running the ball. He leads the team in rushing with 638 yards and nine touchdowns. He is averaging 128 yards per game and 8.6 yards a carry.

Defensively, the Rebels have shutdown the run allowing only 92.2 yards rushing per game. They have allowed 179.2 yards passing per game.

AJ Glenn leads the team in tackles with 69. Dalton Lawrence and Ethan Ammons have recorded 36 and 34 tackles, respectively. Pendleton leads the team in interceptions with two for 65 yards. Luke Moore has recovered two fumbles on the year.

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