By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Oct. 30, 2013 — When you're tired or have the lead, 48 minutes is a long time to play a football game.
West Carter had the fortune of playing ahead in Friday’s senior night game against Lewis County. They had success running and passing the football and made plays on special teams.
But in the final minute of the game, Lewis County made a play when it counted as they took the lead late as the Lions escaped Olive Hill with a 28-21 victory.
Coach Kevin Brown was heartbroken for his six seniors and other players because he felt like they did enough to win.
“I hate to lose but I’m never going to be resentful when we have a great effort like we did (Friday),” Brown said. “A lot of team have shut it down and they’re getting ready to dribble, but not my guys. They played as hard as they could for 48 minutes.”
West (2-7, 0-5 Class 3A District 6) led 21-14 going in to the fourth quarter when quarterback Isaac Weddington found Tyler Mustard on a 28-yard touchdown pass to bring the Lions within one. But a big block on the point after kept the Comets in front by one.
West would take over to try and run out the clock but could not convert on a very close fourth and short play to give the Lions a chance.
Weddington found Chase Parker on a touchdown pass with 42.4 seconds remaining in the game to put Lewis County in the driver’s seat.
“The block on the extra was big,” Brown said. “We’re driving again and get a fourth and short, if we get the first down, the party is over. “
Brown added: “I’ll take all the blame for it. But it was about six inches from the first down but give Lewis credit. They made a great play.”
West Carter then took over inside Lions territory but the clock ran out of time.
“We’ve played good football in spots this year,” Brown said. “If everyone had stayed healthy we could be (.500) going in to Friday’s game. But our kids will learn from this. …We’re getting better.”
The Comets came out ready to play in the first half. Sophomore quarterback Braden Brown threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Zach Walker late in the first quarter. Senior Dallen Dean would hit pay dirt on a 19-yard run at the start of the second quarter.
But the Lions would get back in it on a Dalton Stamm run and a Weddington touchdown pass to Jarrod Hunt to tie it up at halftime.
“The second quarter was a bad one for us,” Brown said. “We just came up a little short. Our guys played extremely hard and I hate that when they play that hard and we don’t get rewarded. But that’s football.”
After Braden Brown had to come out with an ankle injury, Chase Hanshaw came in relief to score a four-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter.
But Brown was saddened after the effort his team gave their six seniors, who played their final game at Michael Blankenship Memorial Field.
“Those guys have been at the top of the mountain and as low as the valley,” Brown said. “They’ve hung right with us and five of the six have played all four years. They’re great kids.”
The Comets have one final game this Friday night when they travel to Johnson County to play Paintsville.
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