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LaRue County running backs Alex Lee, Drew Newberry and Cody Thompson each ran for at least 100 yards and Hawks coach Rodney Armes earned his 100th career win with the program as the Hawks surged past the Shelby County Rockets 19-7 on Friday night in both teams’ Class 4-A, District 4 opener.
Newberry, a junior fullback, carried the ball 21 times for a game-high 145 yards as LaRue County (1-1 overall, 1-0 district) amassed 397 yards on 55 carries. Lee, a senior halfback, added 104 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Thompson, a junior running back, carried the ball 11 times for 100 yards and put the Hawks ahead for good with a 14-yard touchdown run with 3:07 left in the third quarter.
Senior end Ryan Whitlock caught just two passes, but his second reception was a 6-yarder from senior quarterback Robert Gatton that pulled the Hawks within 7-6 with 4:30 remaining in the third quarter. Just 14 seconds later, Whitlock recovered a fumble on the only play of the Rockets’ ensuing possession and Thompson scored four plays later.
Lee, who briefly attended Shelby County the latter part of his junior year, also had an interception.
LaRue County outgained Shelby County in the first half, 182-67, but shot itself in the foot with two lost fumbles and five penalties for 45 yards. Shelby County’s lone score came after the Hawks fumbled the ball away on their own 20. The Rockets capitalized eight plays later, but only after getting stood up three consecutive times at the LaRue County 1.
Senior running back Quentin Cottrell led the Rockets (0-3, 0-1) with 18 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown. He entered Friday averaging 105 yards per game.
The start of the game was delayed 15 minutes because Shelby County got lost en route from Shelbyville. The start was further delayed when a gust of wind blew the ball off tee.
UP NEXT: LaRue County (1-1) hosts Green County (2-1) at 8 p.m. Friday.