By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Oct. 23, 2013 — The Mason County Royals are putting together quite the run towards the postseason. Mason scored 42 points in the first 20 minutes and 20 seconds of the game as the Royals defeated West Carter 42-0 Friday night in Olive Hill.
“They were by far the best team we played this year,” Head Coach Kevin Brown said. “They did a good job on all three phases of the game. They were solid all the way around.”
The Royals (8-0) wrapped up their fifth Class 3A District 6 Championship in the last six seasons on Friday night. They scored all six times on their first six possessions.
The Comets (2-6) were without quarterback Braden Brown, who is still nursing an ankle injury.
“He went to the doctor in Huntington and it just wasn’t healing fast enough,” Brown said. “We decided it was not a good idea for him to play and he might not play the rest of the year.”
Chase Hanshaw started in his place and went 4-for-12 for 63 yards. West had only 117 yards of total offense including only 54 yards on the ground.
“It wasn’t an offensive output by us,” Brown said. “But to Mason’s credit, bigger stronger and fast than us. We turned the ball over three or four team and you play a team like that, you can’t do that.”
Mason scored with just a minute in to the ballgame on a Tee King 40-yard run to make it 7-0 early. On their ensuing possession, quarterback Jake O’Mara found King on a 41-yard pass that reached the endzone to make it 14-0 with 7:35 left in the opening period. The Royals would tack on another on a Rashon Nelson 20-yard scamper.
The Royals were not done in the second quarter. O’Mara threw two touchdowns, one to Drew Spangler from 16 yards out and one to King from 36-yards out. Nelson would bring the final margin on a one-yard plunge with 3:40 left to have a running clock the rest of the game.
“We’d get something and then turn it over but we’d have penalties that hurt us. Been a nemesis all year for us,” Brown said. “We played well on first and second downs but give up big plays on third down and they scored two touchdowns on fourth down.”
West Carter had trouble moving the ball against a Royal defense that gives up less than 12 points a game. Junior Austin Travis was West’s leading rusher with eight carries and 28 yards.
“We can’t have that,” Brown said. “To their credit they executed their game plan. We need to eliminate penalties. Our effort has been there all year but we just haven’t played very smart.”
The Comets will have their final home game of the 2013 season this Friday night when they host 5-3 Lewis County.
“We’ve got to play these next few weeks to get better,” Brown said. “We have big games with Lewis County and Paintsville and both are conference games. We still have a lot to play for.”
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