TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Denis House The Endzone Staff
STANFORD—Even though South Laurel coach Matt Rhymer doesn't like moral victories, he does like what he sees from his team, even after a 37-6 loss at Lincoln County Friday night.
"I told the guys I'm not in this for moral victories," Rhymer said. "But tonight we could have laid down and quit. But we didn't."
Not even after falling behind 30-0 by halftime.
"I didn't think we played hard or was fundamentally strong in the first half, and that's my fault," Rhymer said. "I want my team to play hard, and they responded in the second half."
The Cards (2-4, 0-2) had their chances in the game as they drove inside the Patriot 20 five times and only came away with six points. They fumbled the ball away once and turned the ball over on downs three times. That lost fumble was a huge play as the Cards were trailing 14-0 late in the first half when Jacob Hale crossed the goal line for an apparent touchdown, but the officials ruled he fumbled the ball before the whistle and Lincoln County recovered. Had South Laurel scored on that play, it could have meant a big momentum swing in their favor.
Instead, Lincoln County drove down the field for a field goal to up the lead to 17-0. South's next possession resulted in an interception, which led to another Patriot score. By the time the half rolled around, the lead had grown to 30-0.
Marvin Robinson got Lincoln County on the board first on the Pats first possession when he scored from 11 yards out with 9:12 left in the first. With the point after good, the lead was 7-0.
Robinson scored again on Lincoln's next possession, this time from 16 yards out, and with 6:07 left, the lead was now 14-0. Robinson finished the game with 10 carries for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
Lincoln proved it could also score through the air as quarterback Dalton Godbey was 7-7 in the first half with two touchdowns, both to Trevor Gaines.
South Laurel put together a nice drive midway through the third quarter that resulted in the Cardinals' lone score.
Starting on their own 49, Jake Bush picked up one yard to the 50. Then it was all quarterback Jonathan Jenkins, as he carried the ball eight times, capped off by a five-yard dive with 1:25 left to make the score 30-6.
Lincoln County's final score came after the Cards drove to the 20 but turned the ball over on downs. On Lincoln's first play from scrimmage, Deonte Coulter raced 80 yards for the score and a 37-6 lead. He finished with 111 yards on eight carries and one touchdown. He also lost one fumble.
South Laurel used the option play a lot in the game, and Rhymer said it would take time for his team to learn how to run it correctly.
"I'm proud of them, but I also hope that they learn to hate losing," Rhymer said. "If we keep playing like this things will start going our way. We are learning to get better."
The Cards will be on the road at Southwestern this Friday night for another district battle.