By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
LOG MOUNTAIN — The Whitley County Colonels went to Log Mountain looking for a win Friday, but came up just short in a 21-14 loss.
The game was not without drama though. The Colonels climbed out of a 14-0 halftime hole, but allowed a late touchdown and couldn’t respond as time ran out.
Statistically, it was a game of two halves on offense and defense as Whitley County tallied just 50 yards of offense in the first half, but rallied for 250 in the second half. On the defensive side of things, the Colonels held the Bobcats to just 160 yards on the ground with just over 100 of them coming in the first half.
After the win, Whitley County coach Jim Black said the difference in the game was an obvious one.
“We’re a really good football team when we start playing, but we can’t decide when we want to play,” Black said. “We’ve got to push through the pain, we’ve got to push through the heat and push through a bunch of stuff.
“I told the kids that the difference is that they need to start playing in the first half and they won’t have to get out of these holes,” he added. “There’s no difference in when you play, but we’ll work on it and try to get better.”
Despite throwing an interception on its first possession, Bell County took control with 3:11 to play in the first quarter on a touchdown scamper by Jonathan Polly to take a 7-0 lead. Ryan Collett pushed the lead to 14-0 on a four-yard touchdown run with 6:28 to play in the first half.
The Colonels came out ready to play in the second half, scoring on the second possession of the half via a 29-yard touchdown run by Josh Nichols to cut the lead to 14-7 with 3:08 to play in the third quarter.
Whitley County’s defense held the Bobcats to a three-and-out on their next possession, forcing a punt on fourth down with 11 yards to go.
Four plays later, the score was knotted up at 14 after a determined Boston Bryant took the ball 28 yards for the touchdown with 11:39 to play in the game.
Bell County responded with an 11-play, four-minute drive to grab the 21-14 lead on a 30-yard touchdown run by Polly.
The Colonels would have one last chance on the final possession of the game, but after several botched plays, couldn’t mount any type of response as they fell to 1-2 on the season.
Black said he might change a few things as far as decision making, but said the difference in the game was execution.
“We came out and played good in that second half and we played the game at a pace that we can play at,” Black said. “I take responsibility for a few of the things like that fourth down we went for, but we liked what we saw and we went for it.
“It came down to the end of the game and we didn’t execute on a few things,” he added.
The Colonels will be back in action next week as they travel to Clay County.
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