By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Sept. 4, 2013 — West Carter sophomore quarterback Braden Brown broke records, broke the plane of the endzone five times in Friday’s game against Bath County.
But like he and the rest of the Comets, he had a broken heart after the Wildcats came back all the way to defeat West 53-45 in overtime on Friday in Owingsville.
Brown is now the single game rushing record holder after he ran for 319 yards and five touchdowns, breaking Chris Boggs’ record of 288 back in 2000.
“I was able to get out into space and make plays,” Brown said. “I took what the defense gave me and turn it to (big plays).”
Brown added: “It means a lot to me because my dad (assistant coach Brian Brown) was a good running back here, too. We were happy.”
“I thought he had more than that,” Coach Kevin Brown said. “Seems like he did every time he turned around he was ripping off (big runs). We told him to run until he cramped up and that’s exactly what he did.”
With Bath County up 13-7 (West’s Tristen Mitchell would have the first touchdown of 2013) at the end of the first quarter, Brown ripped off a 60-yard touchdown run to get his night going. Bath would score again at 19-13 early in the second.
An Austin Travis score put West up 20-19 midway through the second before Braden Brown would turn on the jets again, this time from 43 yards out to take a 26-19 lead in to the half.
A bizarre scene would take place as the power went off at Bath County’s field for a little more than a half an hour before the second half began.
Braden would get his third TD and his fourth in the third quarter on a Wildcats turnover to make it 33-19. But two straight scores would bring Bath within 39-32. Braden would get his fifth and final score on a 66-yard open field TD to make it 45-32.
“You can’t ask a kid to do anymore than that,” Kevin said about Braden’s performance. “I thought our backs ran as hard as they did Friday than anytime last season. Braden got the reward because he made great reads running the offense.”
But a few miscues in the fourth quarter allowed Bath County to tie the game at the end of regulation and ultimately win the game in overtime.
“Offensively we played well,” Braden said. “We know we need to improve on defense. Giving up 53 points doesn’t win many games.”
But would Braden trade in his performance for the end of a 13-game slide?
“Absolutely,” he interjected.
“It was disappointing,” Coach Kevin Brown said. “We felt like that was a game we should’ve won. We just didn’t do a good job defensively.”
“We just had a few mistakes and any of them could have changed the outcome of the game we gave it everything we had,” senior Tyler McGlone said, who had 15 tackles Friday. “We just didn’t get it done in the end.”
“When we’re up two or three scores in the second half you should win,” Brown said. We gave up big plays and kept them in it. To be honest, we were out of gas (in overtime).”
West will attempt to end the 14-game losing streak Friday night when they host Nicholas County.
“We’re still fired up and we think we have a bunch of good football players,” Kevin said. “We just need to tighten things up and we’ll be good to go.”
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