Cougars overcome 21-0 halftime deficit to rally for win


Ernie Sexton

Letcher Central junior quarterback Carson Adams ran for 153 yards and passed for 109 as the Cougars rallied for a 26-24 victory Friday over visiting David Crockett, Tenn.

Down 21-0 at halftime to visiting Tennessee power David Crockett High School, Letcher Central rallied behind junior quarterback Carson Adams to post a 26-24 win that improved the Cougars’ mark to 2-0 on the season.
Adams ran for 153 yards and passed for 109 to lead the comeback. Adams, Isaac Matthews and Hayden Brashear each scored touchdowns.
Matthews started the comeback with a 12-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Adams’ two-point conversion cut the deficit to 21-8.
Adams scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter, then Jonah Little followed with the two-point conversion.
A David Crockett field goal pushed the lead to eight but left the door open for the Cougars to tie as Brashear went in from the 2 and Adams added the two-point conversion to tie the game.
The Letcher defense provided the winning margin with a safety.
Adams completed 12 of 19 passes, including six passes for 62 yards to Alex Blair and three for 24 yards to Brashear.
Matthews was second in rushing with 56 yards, followed by Little with 32, Brashear with 26 and Wyatt Ison with 25.
Ison led the defense with four tackles. Nicholas Haning and Keaton Day added three each.
Letcher returns to action on Sept. 3 at home against Pikeville.
The Cougars opened the season with a 50-13 rout of Shelby Valley.
Little rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on only three carries. Ison added 62 yards and a touchdown on two carries. Brashear also ran for 62 yards. Adams added 59 yards rushing on 10 carries with two touchdowns while completing seven of 12 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.