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It was a very successful week for the fall sports of LaRue County High School as we saw some highly competitive contests and some special performances.
LaRue County 33, Hart County 28
The Hawks opened their 2014 season Friday with a highly competitive game against the Hart County Raiders. After an opening 65 yard touchdown run by Hart County’s Darren Lynn, the Hawks settled in to manage a halftime lead of 21-14 with scores from Marquis Franklin, Caleb Sheffer to Koy Lindsey, and Damarcus McCray. Chase Watson connected on all three extra points in the first half.
The fireworks, however, came in the 4th quarter as Hart County took the lead 28-27 over the Hawks with 3:07 left in the game. The Hawks answered when first year player and senior quarterback Caleb Sheffer hooked up with junior Hunter Griffin on a 44 yard strike to give the Hawks the lead with 1:17 left in the game.
Griffin was quick to praise his teammates for a great play in a crucial part of the game.
“The line did a great job allowing Caleb to get the ball to me. Koy (Lindsey) ran a good route to get the safety to cover him which freed me up, and Caleb was able to deliver a perfect ball.”
“We had practiced that play some during the week of practice and we were running the ball well so when I faked the handoff they (Hart defense) bit just enough and Hunter was able to outrun the two defenders and run under the ball and make the play,” said Sheffer.
The ensuing kickoff for the Hawks accidentally struck a Raider player to give senior Mat Senesi the opportunity to pounce on the ball and secure the first victory of the season for LaRue County Football.
Coach Josh Jaggers was very proud of the effort Friday night.
“They grew up the other night,” he said. “
We had four or five games like that last year where it was back and forth, back and forth, and they just slipped away. There were so many swings in momentum the other night. We were down right off the bat, then found ourselves up two scores, then to find ourselves down and ultimately winning the game in the final two minutes. I was so proud of them from that aspect. It goes without saying there is much to improve on, but that’s every football team across the country right now: from Little League to the guys getting paid millions in the NFL. We’ll get there.”
Coach Jaggers is expecting Spencer County to bring an experienced team this Friday night to Hodgenville.
“I think Spencer County was the fastest growing county in our state in the last census, and that makes sense, because their football program has done the same. Coach Marksbury does a great job with them. They are a lot like us in the aspect that they don’t try to overcomplicate things. They do the few things they do on both sides of the ball and try to do it better than anybody.
Hawks will host Spencer County 7:30 p.m. Friday.
LaRue vs. Hart County
Score by quarters
LaRue (won 33-28)
Scoring By Quarters
Hart County – 14, 0, 8, 6.. 28
LaRue – 7, 14, 6, 6 …..... 33
First Quarter Hart: Darren Lynn 65-yard run (kick blocked), 11:49
LaRue: Marquis Franklin 1-yard run (Chase Watson kick), 8:23
Hart: Josh Shoulders 1-yard run (Shawn Armstrong pass from Shoulders),:00.4
LaRue: Koy Lindsey 12-yard pass from Caleb Sheffer (Watson kick), 7:53
LaRue: Damarcus McCray 16-yard run (Watson kick), 40.4
LaRue: Dalton Hornback fumble recovery in end zone (kick failed), 4:08
Hart: Chaz Pritchard 3-yard run (Lynn run), 1:51
Hart: Brian Simmons 9-yard pass from Shoulders (run failed), 3:07
LaRue: Hunter Griffin 44-yard pass from Sheffer (pass failed), 1:17
Team HC LC
Yards Pass...106.......... 92
Passing ..... 8-15-0......4-7-0
LARUE COUNTY - Marquis Franklin 18-117, Hunter Griffin 8-51, Damarcus McCray 7-44, Cameron Pellegrino 2-8, Koy Lindsey 1-(-7), Caleb Sheffer 6-(-23)
LARUE COUNTY - Caleb Sheffer 4-7-0, 92 yards.
LARUE COUNTY - Koy Lindsey 3-48, Hunter Griffin 1-44.