Cody Thompson put the LaRue County Hawks on his back Friday and carried them to a much-needed win.
Thompson accounted for more than 250 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the host Hawks to a 38-24 win over the Nelson County Cardinals at Hawk Field.
Thompson rushed for a game-high 150 yards and three scores on 27 carries and returned two kicks for 113 yards and another touchdown to help the Hawks (2-3) snap a two-game losing streak and extend the Cardinals’ skid to five.
The senior halfback scored his first touchdown on a 93-yard kick return in the first quarter, sparking LaRue County after Nelson County (0-5) took a 12-0 lead with touchdowns on its first two drives.
The Hawks reeled off 28 unanswered points as Thompson scored on runs of 5 and 1 yards and Gabe Shirley – filling in for the injured Caleb Canter – scored from 9 yards out.
Nelson County was down but not yet out, however.
The Cardinals drove 71 yards on their first possession after halftime, capped by a 27-yard pass from Dylan Beasley to Cameron Hester with 1:59 left in the period. Nelson County recovered a pooch kick and scored 21 seconds later on a 1-yard run by Jonathon Breeding to slice the lead to 28-24.
The Cardinals would pull no closer. Alex Cook made a 20-yard field goal and Thompson capped the scoring with a 7-yard run with 1:52 left to play.
Nelson County lost despite outgaining LaRue County by 90 yards – 343-253 – and limiting the Hawks to zero passing yards.
Beasley finished 21-of-32 for 259 yards, while Trey White caught 14 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown.
UP NEXT: LaRue County hosts Warren East at 8 p.m. Friday for homecoming.