Oct. 16, 2013 — There is something about the second half and the West Carter football team.
The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde approach has been a big problem for the Comets and it happened again this past Friday against Fleming County. The Panthers raced out to a 29-6 lead in the second half before West rallied for 16 straight points in the fourth but ran out of time, losing 29-22.
“It falls on me and I take full responsibility if we don’t play 48 minutes, it’s my fault,” Head Coach Kevin Brown said. “We came out flat like we did last week in a rival game, and when you do that, you fall behind dig a hole. We can’t do that. ”
Fleming County (1-6) did everything in right in the first half, finding open receivers and running backs making plays to get in to the end zone. Fleming’s Jacob Boyd was 13-of-20 for 283 yards. It was the first time all season West had seen a pass happy offense. The Panther offense did rush the ball 40 times for 131 yards.
The Comets made adjustments in the second half and were able to get on the comeback trail as sophomore Quarterback Braden Brown threw two passes two wide receiver Zach Walker, who made two great plays for scores of 81 yards and 85 yards for touchdowns. He finished the days with five receptions and 189 yards.
“That’s what we expect out of Zach,” Brown said. “He made two great plays and that’s what we have to have from our wide receivers.”
Brown was seeing action for the first time in almost a month after an ankle injury. He had 294 of West’s 312 total yards of offense, including a 35-yard rushing touchdown in the first half
“He’s not 100 percent but he’s a tough kid,” Brown said. “He didn’t want to come out of the ball game and we still had a chance to tie the game and perhaps win it.”