When football games start, the score is usually 0-0.
When Southwestern started playing last night, they already were down 14-0.
After a rough start by the Southwestern Warriors, visiting Lincoln County was able to leave the Reservation with a 24-14 victory.
The Patriots took advantage of three first quarter turnovers by Southwestern to grab a ten-point win. The first half struggle was simply too much for the Warriors to overcome, as Mike Settles’ Patriot team moved to 2-2 in district play, while Southwestern fell to 1-3.
For the second week in a row, the Warrior offense stalled, making it difficult for the boys in blue and orange to make it comeback.
“We got ourselves into a 14-0 hole at the half,” began Andy Stephens, who saw his squad fall to 3-5 overall on the year. “We played fine in the second half, we just weren’t good enough offensively to overcome that - we’ve got to learn that. We’re not explosive enough on offense to overcome that large of a deficit.”
Lincoln County took advantage of a bad snap early in the first period to jump out to a 7-0 lead, as Logan Robinson tallied his only score of the contest on a 12-yard run. An extra point from Austin Ashcraft gave the Patriots a seven-point advantage with 9:14 left in the opening period.
Late in the opening half, quarterback Justin Hubble threw a five-yard pass past the Warrior defense to Austin Cress for a touchdown. Thanks to a successful kick from Ashcraft, Lincoln County led 14-0 with 1:44 left until the intermission.
Southwestern got their first touchdown of the evening with 9:22 remaining in the third frame on a two-yard run from junior tailback Logan Campisano. On the two-point conversion, sophomore quarterback Austin Smiddy dove into the end zone to make the score, 14-8, in favor of Lincoln County.
The Patriots found the end zone for the third and final time of the evening with 4:19 left in the third quarter, as Connor Patterson ran in from two yards out for a score. Ashcraft’s made extra point gave the Patriots a 21-8 advantage over the Warriors.
With 31 seconds left in the third quarter of action, Smiddy tossed a 28-yard pass to senior James Vinson for a touchdown. After Vinson’s first career touchdown, the ‘Blue and Orange’ found themselves trailing by seven points at 21-14.
Lincoln County ran out to a ten-point, 24-14 lead with 8:20 left in the contest, when Ashcraft made a 17-yard field goal.
The Warrior offense would never threaten to score in the final quarter, which resulted in their second straight loss. To make things simple, the offense must get better.
“It’s two weeks in a row that we’ve not been able to get the job done offensively - it’s disappointing,” told the second-year Warrior football coach. “We’ve got to look at what we’re doing, but we’re just not making plays right now. We’re having a little trouble with speed and explosiveness.”
Southwestern’s offense put up 138 total yards in the game, with 33 passing yards and 105 rushing yards. Two fumbles and an interception didn’t help the Warriors’ cause either.
Campisano had a team-high 70 yards, along with a touchdown, on 14 carries. Smiddy, through the air, completed two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown, in which Vinson caught.
The Patriots had 153 rushing yards and 60 passing yards for a combined 213 yards of offense. Robinson carried the load for Lincoln County, as he finished with 136 yards and a score on 30 attempts. Patterson came up with 43 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Passing-wise, Hubble went 8 of 12 for 60 yards and a touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jesse Meece grabbed a one-handed interception, Wyatt Karter had two sacks, and Lucas “Bama” Brewer had a fumble recovery.
With the loss to Lincoln County, the Warriors, who fell to 1-3 in district action. will need some help if they want to make it into the Class 5A State Playoffs.
“We’re in a tough situation right now,” Stephens stated. “Some people have to help us out to even make it into the playoffs. We put ourselves into a bad situation.”
Southwestern will play their final home game of the 2012 regular season next Friday night, when they will host cross-town rival Pulaski County at 7:30 p.m. at the Reservation.
LC 7 7 7 3 - 24
SW 0 0 14 0 - 14
LC - 9:14 - Robinson 12 yd. run (Ashcraft PAT)
LC - 1:44 - Hubble to Cress 5 yd. pass (Ashcraft PAT)
SW - 9:22 - Campisano 2 yd. run (Smiddy run)
LC - 4:19 - Patterson 2 yd. run (Ashcraft PAT)
SW - 0:31 - Smiddy to Vinson 28 yd. pass (2-pt. conversion failed)
LC - 8:20 - Ashcraft 17 yd. field goal
LC- Hubble 8/12 60 TD
SW- Smiddy 2/7 33 TD INT
LC- Robinson 30-136 TD, Patterson 12-43 TD
SW- Campisano 14-70 TD, Maggard 10-24, Robinson 1-14, Smiddy 4-9
LC- Gaines 5-43, Miller 1-8, Cress 1-5 TD, Patterson 1-4
SW- Vinson 1-28 TD, Pittman 1-5
When football games start, the score is usually 0-0.
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Eight is Great!
During last night’s 48th District Softball Championship game, Southwestern had a sign on their dugout wall that read “The third time’s the charm.”
That statement held true for Jim Woodall and the Lady Warriors, as the they defeated McCreary Central when it mattered most, which was in last night’s title game at Wayne County High School.
After falling to the Lady Raiders of McCreary Central twice in their pair of regular season match-ups, Southwestern, with a 12-7 victory last night, tallied their eighth district championship in a row.
Somerset downs Pulaski to claim title
For the last four years Somerset High School and Pulaski County High School have battled it out for the 47th District baseball championship . Counting Tuesday night, three out of the four years the Briar Jumpers have brought back the gold. Somerset defeated the Maroons 7-4.
Of their 7 runs scored, the Briar Jumpers tallied 5 of those runs off homers. Somerset freshman Logan Ramsey hit a three-run homer in the first inning and sophomore Chandler Purcell hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Warriors blast past Wayne Co., 14-9
When Southwestern is hitting the ball solid, they are a very dangerous baseball team.
Wayne County received a first-hand look at just how much damage the Southwestern bats can do on Tuesday evening at Warrior Stadium, as the homestanding Warriors tallied 14 runs on 16 hits in a 14-9 victory over the Cardinals in the 48th District Baseball Championship game.
Lorman, Henderlight keep Pulaski alive
Facing a four-run deficit and down to their last three outs, elimination looked inevitable for the Pulaski County High School baseball team on Monday night in the opening round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament at Charlie Taylor Field.
But a Pulaski last-inning rally capped off by a Henry Lorman bases-loaded clearing double off the left field wall and a Chris Henderlight walk-off RBI base hit propelled the Maroons to a 7-6 comeback win over Rockcastle County High School.
Warriors down Monticello, 11-1
It takes five wins to make it to the Forcht Bank/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament.
The Southwestern Warriors are one-fifth of the way there now, as they took down Monticello in the first round of the 48th District Baseball Tournament on Monday night at Warrior Stadium. With the five-inning, 11-1 victory over the Trojans, the Warriors advanced to the championship game and next week’s regional tournament.
Alex Eaton’s ball club did exactly what they needed to do to make it back to the regional tournament once again. The third-year Southwestern coach is hoping that his squad can come away with the program’s first regional title since 2004.
Lady Warriors advance to finals; looking for 8th straight district title
So far in the 2013 high school softball season, McCreary Central has had their way with Southwestern in their two regular season match-ups.
The Southwestern Lady Warriors will get a chance to get a little revenge against McCreary Central, as the two teams will meet up in the 48th District Softball Championship.
Somerset cruises to 15-1 win over Rebels
After a slow start in the first two innings, the Briar Jumpers put it all together with a 10-run third inning en route to a 15-1 (5 inning) win over Casey County High School in the first round of the 47th District Baseball Tournament at Charlie Taylor Field.
The Rebels scored in their very first at-bats, and the Jumpers countered with a three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first after Jumpers’ junior Charlie Dishman blasted a three-run homer to left field to plate Jacob Pelston and Addison Thompson.
Mills, Cheuvront, Goldson win state titles
Local track and field athletes turned in one of the all-time best efforts at the state level in Saturday’s Class A and Class AAA Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.
Somerset High School garnered two state crowns in the Class A state meet, as junior Cam Cheuvront won the 100-meter dash and sophomore Maranda Mills won her second consecutive triple jump state crown.
Later in the day in the Class AAA state meet, Pulaski County High School junior Jimmy Goldson ran away with the 800-meter state title.
Sammy Jo Bullock places 7th in nation
Shopville Elementary fifth-grader Sammy Jo Bullock fired a 284 in the National Archery in Schools National Championships to place seventh in the girls elementary division. Bullock, who peirced the center circle 16 times, was third n the nation among her fellow fifth-graders.
Pulaski downs Corbin on Senior Night
On Tuesday afternoon at PC Field, the Pulaski County Maroon baseball team bid farewell to Taylor Gover, Eric Jones, Dustin Vaught, Henry Lorman, Tyler Wesley, and Tyler Hail on senior night before Danny Masten’s club took on a Corbin team that had earned a shutout victory over PC earlier in the year.
On Tuesday however, it was the Maroons that would not be denied on senior night, and it was those seniors that lead the way for Masten and company.
Taylor Gover notched two doubles and drove in a career-best six RBI in the game, while fellow senior Henry Lorman hit the first homerun of his varsity career and drove in three more runs.
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