By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
LETCHER CENTRAL — Jim Black’s Whitley County Colonels used their ground attack to secure a home playoff game Friday as they handled Letcher Central, 55-19.
Whitley County rushed for 617 yards, as freshman Zack Mills led the way with 12 carries and 224 yards during the win.
Both teams scored quickly in the game, as the Colonels (6-3 overall and 2-1 against district opposition) held a 7-6 edge just a minute into the contest. The game remained close for a while until Whitley County began to take control with its running game.
By the time halftime rolled around, Black’s squad built a commanding 42-12 lead while rushing for 412 yards on 29 carries. Whitley County continued to dominate in the second half and outscored the Cougars, 13-7, to wrap-up the 36-point victory.
“It was a good offensive effort,” Black said. “We could have probably had more. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times. We’ve got to clean that up. I thought it was a great job by the line on the execution and then the backs for the most part — good execution on their blocks.”
Letcher Central totaled 199 yards during the first half, but couldn’t get much going during the final two quarters.
“Defensively, you know, we didn’t play like I quite wanted us to start out, but we changed up few things and got it going in the right direction,” Black said. “We still need to work on some things in that area.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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