By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
ROCKCASTLE COUNTY — Knox Central had two weeks to prepare for Rockcastle County and coach Scottie Russell kept telling his players during practices not to overlook the Rockets.
He reminded them how his team shocked an undefeated Rockcastle County squad last season and how the Rockets could return the favor Friday if Knox Central wasn’t ready — and Russell was right.
Rockcastle County jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, but Knox Central responded in a big way, scoring 47 unanswered points before beating the Rockets, 47-14.
“We came out a little slow and I believe it was a combination of maybe looking to next week’s game while being off two weeks,” Russell admitted. “I told our guys that Rockcastle County was 7-0 last year when we played them and we shocked them and if we didn’t come ready to play, they could do that to us.
“After they scored that first touchdown, I thought we settled down and played well,” he added. “I just kept reminding them the entire week and the kids listened.”
The win improved Knox Central to a perfect 8-0 overall and 2-0 against district foes while setting up a huge showdown with unbeaten Russell County at home Friday with the district title on the line.
“We’re going to see what happens,” Russell said. “This is what we’ve been playing for and now it’s here. The two best teams in the district will be going at it and it’s going to be a war. Our kids are going to have to sell out this week and like I said, we’ll see what happens.”
Quarterback Devon Evans led the way through the air with 145 yards passing and three touchdowns while Matthew Barger had 101 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Nathan Cole had a 40-yard touchdown reception in the win. Mr. Football candidate Jeffrey Canady rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns while Johnathan Gist had 60 yards on the ground and a TD. Hayden Canady also reached paydirt by stripping the ball from a Rocket player and racing 35 yards.
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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