Bell crushes Collins, 37-14.

Published 3:15 pm Monday, August 26, 2019

The Bell County Bobcats are off to a good start after downing their season-opening opponent, Collins, on the road in Danville on Saturday night in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic, 37-14.

“We did some good things and some not so good things,” said Bell County coach Dudley Hilton. “I was happy with the way we moved the ball. We had a balanced attack. I think we had five or six guys with four or five carries each. We had two that rushed for over 100 yards. We blocked well and made routine plays that we needed to to win on the scoreboard.

“It was a team effort all around. Our defense played a good game. We had six sacks on the night and played good in coverage for the most part. We played a lot of guys and got some valuable reps in. We’re happy to start 1-0, but now we are thinking about nothing but Knox Central and our home opener on Friday.”

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London Stephney led the way for the Bobcats on 6-for-9 passing for 96 yards. He also added 101 yards and two touchdowns on 14 rushing attempts. Brandon Baker provided a solid secondary punch with 17 rushes for 101 yards.

Trevor Kidd added two rushing touchdowns on four carries for 26 yards. Hunter Bailey added another touchdown for Bell County from 4 yards out on his only attempt. Jason Jones led the way receiving with five catches for 82 yards.

Dawson Widener led the Bobcat defense with 10 solo tackles, including four tackles for loss. Tyson Thomas, Jones, Kage Baker, Hayden Callebs and Will Dean all had defensive sacks on the evening, totaling six as a unit. The Bell County defense allowed only 156 total yards of offense from the Titans — 21 rushing yards and 135 passing yards.

Stepheny was named MVP of the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic after a stellar performance against Collins.

The Bobcats (1-0) will take on the Knox Central Panthers (0-1) on Friday in their home opener in the Short-Redmond Auto Group Pride of the Mountains at 7:30 p.m.