By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Nov. 6, 2013 — The West Carter football team’s season came to end this past Friday after the Comets traveled to Paintsville.
The Tigers used a strong second half and held West to just 134 yards of total offense in a 48-7 victory over the Comets.
“We’ve got to have anywhere between 300-350 (yards) a game to be successful,” West Carter coach Kevin Brown said. “When we don’t it puts too much pressure on our defense. Paintsville scored every way they possibly could. When you give up big plays like we did, especially on special teams, you’re going to get beat.”
The Tigers (7-3) used a balanced attack on offense, amassing 373 yards of total offense, including almost 200 yards on the ground. West was without quarterback Braden Brown again due to injury.
“Give credit to Paintsville,” Brown said. “They executed and made plays when they needed to and took advantage of the situation. “They knew we didn’t have the breakaway threat on offense and when they do that, we have to be able do some other things. It just wasn’t a good night offensively.”
After Paintsville went up 7-0 in the first quarter, the Comets were able to tie things up in the second quarter as quarterback Chase Hanshaw found Zach Walker on a 45-yard touchdown. Hanshaw finished the day 3-for-16 for 49 yards. Ethan Brown had 42 yards rushing for the Comets.
Things went south for West as Paintsville scored two times in the final 30 seconds of the first half to lead 21-7
“That took whatever energy we had, it was gone after that,” Brown said.
Paintsville would then pour it on in the second half but Brown said his players kept fighting until the game ended.
“I’m proud of the effort,” Brown said. “I don’t think we ever laid down but it got really difficult for us to win the ballgame towards the end.”
Paintsville finished the regular season with a winning record, the first time that has happened since the 2008 season when they were 6-6.
“They’ve had the kind of turnaround that we needed to have this year,” Brown said. “Because of injuries and other things we weren’t able to do so.”
The Comets now head into the offseason with plenty of optimism after the season they had a year ago.
“We get most of everybody back for next year and be more experienced than they were this year so that should bode well for us,” Brown said. “We’ll start lifting weights next week. We’re going to work hard and be a lot better next year.”
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