Bell County holds off Wayne County 14-10

Although they’re no longer in the same district since Wayne County moved up to 4A, this rivalry might be one worth preserving if this year’s game is any indication.  With both defenses giving ground grudgingly, Bell County held off visiting Wayne County 14-10 on Friday night.  The Bobcats are now 5-1 against the Cardinals with Wayne’s only win coming in 2013 when they advanced all the way to the 3A title game in Bowling Green where they lost 3-0 to Belfry in horrible weather conditions.

The Cardinals took the opening kickoff and drove down inside the Bell County five yard line before their drive stalled at the two.  They turned to kicker Riley Woods who nailed a 19 yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 5:50 left in the opening quarter.

It took Bell County most of the first half to catch up.  After being pinned back at their own four yard line, the Bobcats drove 96 yards and scored with :35 seconds to go on a 16 yard touchdown pass from Peyton Collett to Austin Asher.  The two point conversion was good and Bell County held an 8-3 halftime lead.

After a one hour lightning delay and a scoreless third quarter, Wayne County got a 77 yard touchdown run from Dalton Garner early in the fourth to reclaim the lead with 11:12 to play.  The extra point by Woods was good making it a 10-8 game.

Bell County answered on their next possession.  Treyton Humfleet capped a 66 yard drive when he scampered 38 yards with 8:24 left to put the Cats back in front 14-10.  They were unsuccessful on a two point try.

After a change of possessions, Wayne County battled back and drove to the Bell County 20 yard line as precious seconds ticked off the clock.  Out of timeouts, the Cardinals’ sideline pass on fourth down fell incomplete as they turned the ball over on downs with about half a minute remaining.  The Bobcats were then able to snap the ball, take a knee, and watch as time ran out.

Bell County improved to 3-1 while Wayne County fell to 2-2.

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