Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
The West Carter Comets may not have held Shelby Valley scoreless on Friday, but the Wildcats’ home field advantage wasn’t enough to stop the Comets from taking home their third win of the season. West scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, missing the extra point kick on the third to bring the score to 20-0 going into the second. Three more West touchdowns in the second quarter, with two failed passes and one successful extra point kick from Jordan Little, brought the score to 39-7 going into halftime.
Leetavious Cline scored the first five touchdowns in the game, running the ball 27 yards and three yards on the first two, and catching a 34 yard pass from quarterback Orry Perry on the third. Garrett Wolfe was good on the first two kicks in the first quarter as well.
In the second quarter Cline ran for 28 yards and 10 yards to score touchdowns four and five, with attempts at picking up two extra points on passes unsuccessful. Russ Osborne scored the first Shelby Valley touchdown of the evening on a seven yard run, and kicker Jordan Little was good on the extra point kick. West brought the score to 39-7 with the final touchdown of the quarter, on a 19 yard pass from Perry to Jackson Bond, with Wolfe successful on the kick.
West scored two more touchdowns in the top of the second half, with Cole Crampton running 58 yards on a kickoff return and Sam Jones going 34 yards on a fumble return, and Wolfe making good on both kicks. This brought the Comets to 53-7 over the Wildcats going into the fourth quarter.
Osborne picked up Shelby Valley’s second TD of the game in the last quarter with a 24 yard run and six minutes left on the clock, and Little delivering on his kick again, bringing the final score to 53-14.
West Carter had a total of 17 first downs, 55 yards on six penalties, one turnover on an interception, and rushed for 187 yards over 17 attempts and was good on 7 of 12 attempts for 124 passing yards. The Comets had a total of 29 plays for 311 yards.
Shelby Valley had 14 first downs, 75 yards on seven penalties, turnovers on four fumbles and one interception, rushed for 137 yards over 33 attempts, and was good on just under half of their pass attempts, 9 of 20, for 106 passing yards. The Wildcats gained a total of 243 yards over 44 plays.
Cline had 13 carries, for 164 yards and four touchdowns ran, and one catch for 34 yards and a receiving touchdown. Perry was 7 for 12 on passes for 124 yards and two touchdown passes, and one interception. Gage Leadingham was good for one defensive interception. Isaac Bond had two fumble recoveries and 14 total tackles. Dylan Roe had one fumble recovery and 9 tackles. Jones had one fumble recovery and a touchdown. Bond caught three passes for 38 yards and one touchdown.
This win is West Carter’s first win in district play, putting them at 1-0 in district and putting them “in the driver’s seat for a district championship and home field advantage in the playoffs,” according to assistant coach Zach Stevens.
The Comets next game is also a district game, this one on the road as well at Bath County this Friday.
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