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Friday night showers did not dampen the spirits of the LaRue County Hawks Football Team. They came away with an impressive homecoming win, defeating Elizabethtown 52-28.
The Panthers brought their highly touted air game to Hodgenville but it was the running game of LaRue County that stole the show. LaRue County had three runners with more than 100-yards for the game that helped seal the victory. Head Coach Rodney Armes was extremely pleased with the Hawks running game.
“I thought that we played really well in the first half, our offense came out clicking on all cylinders and our offensive line was obviously up to the challenge,” said Armes. “We have three backs that can really run hard and they all three proved that. It’s the first time since I have been the head coach that all three backs have had back-to-back 100-yard games and that’s a testament to their work ethic. As an offensive coaching staff, we can get the players in the right spots and teach them technique, but they are the ones that have to execute and they did. All the credit goes to the players. Cody Thompson had an outstanding game but I think he will be the first to tell you that he could not have done it alone, our offensive line, ends and other backs had to block for him, it’s a team effort.”
Except for the first possession, the Hawks scored every time they had the ball in the first half, gaining a 42-14 lead at the half. Thompson, Drew Newberry and Alex Lee ran wild with the Panthers defense. Thompson carried the ball 19 times for 257 yards and three touchdowns; Lee carried the ball 11 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns; and Newberry had 103 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries.
While the Panthers racked up 290 yards and four touchdowns against the Hawks, Coach Armes was not disappointed with his defense.
“Defensively the spread offense is tough to defend anytime you go against it. When you can get the ball to athletes out in space, it’s difficult to handle. Our pass defense is improving. You look at the stats and say ‘well, they threw for 290,’ but that’s not bad to hold a team under 300 when passing is all they do. They had some serious weapons and we shut them down.”
Marquis Cobb and Ryan Whitlock are emerging as two of the better defensive players in the area, he added. “Cobb can play either linebacker or defensive back, we rely on him a lot on our defense. Whitlock is starting to understand how to come up from the safety position and make tackles at the line of scrimmage and that is a huge plus. Overall I think our defense is not where it needs to be, but it is improving.”
The Hawks (3-2) travel to Central Hardin (5-0) Friday night for a showdown between two high-powered offensive teams.
“Central Hardin is a good football team, undefeated, and really riding a high right now,” said Armes. “We are a little banged up and may be without a few key players, but we are going to work hard for the win. If we can slow down their offense and hang onto the ball, we will at least stay in the game.”