By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Sept. 11, 2013 — To find a win for West Carter’s football team, you have to go back to Oct. 14, 2011: A 24-14 win over Mason County. The Comets would not win another game from that point out.
Until this past Friday night.
The Comets left no doubt in Olive Hill, combining for 526 yards of total offense, including 454 yards on the ground to defeat Nicholas County 55-0 to snap a 14-game losing streak.
“That’s a big deal no matter what the score was, we needed to end this,” Coach Kevin Brown said. “Last week we should have won but came up a little short and we had games last year like that. But now we can focus on other things.”
From the start of the game, the Comets had a feel for ending the streak. Junior running back Tristen Mitchell peeled off a 60-yard run the first offensive play of the game. On the Bluejackets first play, Chase Hanshaw intercepted a pass. Austin Travis would then score from 26-yards out a few plays later and it was 14-0 Comets a little more than three minutes in the contest.
“We all played well,” Hanshaw said. “The coaches said they were going to come out with something different to try to catch us off guard but luckily I made the plays when he had to have them.”
Hanshaw also recovered two fumbles on defense for the Comets.
“Chase did a great job,” Brown said. “He’s got a good nose for the football and he had a great ballgame by anybody’s standards.”
Quarterback Braden Brown would then go to work, scoring on runs of 24 and 53 yards in the second quarter to lead 35-0. He would throw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Zach Walker in that run as well. Travis would get one more score in just before halftime from 38-yards to lead 41-0.
With so much negativity in the world, the Comets stayed the course and while there were tough losses, they can now put the streak behind them.
“It feels so good,” Hanshaw said. “We’re all on cloud nine.”
“If you’ve lost (14 games in a row) that’s what everybody is going to talk about,” Brown said. “Now we get to talk about a positive streak. I was tired of going home on the weekends with that feeling (after a loss). Now I’m feeling really good.”
Hanshaw was not done contributing. In the second half, playing quarterback, he was able to find the end zone from 30-yards. Ethan Brown would have West’s final score from three-yards out.
“They were biting on Ralph (Wages) route so I just faked it to him and took off running,” Hanshaw said.
Braden Brown would have another spectacular night, with 156 yards on the night and 72 passing yards. Mitchell had 101 yards on the ground and Travis finished with 75 yards.
“We’re not going to complain about that but we feel like we can get better,” Brown said of his offense’s performance. “We’re just going to have to keep working.”
Brown is expecting things to keep rolling and that means more victories in the 2013 season.
“It lifts our kids and our school up and there is nothing like a football team winning to lift everybody up,” Brown said. “That’s what we want to do. Our community and crowd stayed right until the end of the game. They have supported our kids from the bad times and the good times.”
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