Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11:46 am
Bardstown dropped its regular-season finale Friday as visiting Allen County-Scottsville dealt the Tigers a 26-15 defeat.
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Bardstown's Voshon Livers wraps up an Allen County-Scottsville ballcarrier Friday in the Patriots' 26-15 win. The Tiger hit the road this week to open the Class 3A playoffs at No. 3 Lexington Catholic.
The Patriots (5-5) were able to pull away from a tight game by piecing together a long, clock-killing drive and finishing with a touchdown to put the game out of reach.
“I told the kids it was a great game for (preparing for the) playoffs,” Bardstown coach David Clark said. “They play playoff-atmosphere football.”
The game opened as a defensive battle, with neither team able to gain the early advantage. The Patriots finally broke through early in the second quarter with a rushing score to make it 7-0 behind Jaylon McPeak’s 19-yard run. Allen County-Scottsville then picked off a Santrel Farmer pass on the next drive, and a couple plays later scored on a touchdown pass from Chase Wilson to Jessie Bow from 21 yards out to go up 14-0.
“We were in bad field position and couldn’t get out of it,” Clark said.
The Tigers (5-5) finally settled down and pieced together a solid drive in the waning minutes of the first half. Farmer hit Jarrett Dennison for back-to-back completions to get into Patriot territory, leading to a 25-yard Devin Boggs field goal to cut it to 14-3 at the break.
The teams traded turnovers to start the second half, but the Tigers were able to get back in it when Farmer hit Deondre Boggs for a 70-yard touchdown strike, pulling to within 14-9.
Allen County-Scottsville stretched the lead back out to two scores at 20-9 after recovering a Bardstown fumble in the end zone late in the third quarter, but the Tigers answered right back at the end of the frame with a Farmer scoring strike to Dennison for 20 yards, cutting it to 20-15.
Bardstown had an opportunity in the fourth quarter to grab the lead after Thomas Bowling picked off a pass and returned it to the ACS 40, but the door slammed shut when the Patriots came up with an interception of their own, then went on a long drive to ice the game.
“I’m proud of our kids’ resilience to come back and stay in the game and fight,” Clark said.
It was the second game back for Farmer after sitting out a month with an ankle injury, and he displayed more mobility this time around.
“He really let loose,” Clark said. “He ran well and threw the ball well. He got more confident as the game went on.”
Bardstown came up on the short end of the three-way tiebreaker in Class 3A District 3 after Waggener’s 27-24 win at Valley on Friday. As a result, the Tigers will be the No. 4 seed in the Region 2 playoffs and will be on the road this week at top seed Lexington Catholic (7-3), coached by Mark Perry, well-known among local football fans for his coaching stints at Washington County and Central Hardin.
“They throw the ball well,” Clark said. “We’ve known Mark and his system a long time.”