The Comets amassed 335 of their 358 yards of total offense in the first half to help defeat Bath County 35-15 at Michael Blankenship Memorial Stadium. It had been more than nine years since West Carter won their first football game of the season.
“I didn’t know it had been that long,” Coach Kevin Brown said. “But with this group, it was real important for us to get out to a good start and that was about as good of an offense that we had clicking in a long time.”
The Comets (1-0) overcame a fumble on the first play of the 2014 season and pushed the offense forward. Freshman Peyton Brown would take his first varsity carry 47-yards for a touchdown midway through the first quarter.
“The offensive line was fantastic,” Peyton said. “My adrenaline was pumping. It was a special moment.”
Brown would only have two carries but finished with 62 yards on the ground.
“He’s a runner and we have four or five of those guys that can take it to the house each play,” Brown said. “He’s very capable of doing that and I am very proud of him.”
West Carter would capitalize on a turnover by the Wildcats (0-2) to help set up a Braden Brown to Zach Walker 33-yard touchdown pitch-and-catch.
Friday was especially exciting for running back Tristan Mitchell. The senior tore his ACL and missed most of the season last year. He returned by scoring two touchdowns, one from one-yard out and breaking several tackles for an 18-yard score in the second quarter. He had 36 yards on two carries.
“They felt good,” Mitchell said about scoring two touchdowns. “I’ve worked hard in the offseason in rehab to get ready for my senior season and getting able to score in my last, first game of the year, it’s a good feeling.”
“He probably runs better now than he did before the injury and I was really happy for him,” Brown said of Mitchell.
Braden Brown, who at times had to put his team on his back last season before injuring his ankle did not have to do it all on this night. He ran for 70 yards, 53 of which were on a run for a touchdown right before halftime and threw for 115 yards and a score.
“My job (Friday) was to set up the offense more which is what a quarterback should do,” Braden said. “Last year, I had to create a lot with my speed but with guys like Peyton, Austin (Travis), Tristan (Mitchell), it helps me manage the game better.”
“We want this to be about our team,” Brown said. “Our receivers did a good job blocking for our backs when they got out in to the open space. But up front was the key. We don’t want to carry the burden by themselves. It’s a team sport and we want everybody to share in to be successful.”
With a running clock on the scoreboard, Bath County scored twice in the fourth quarter on a two-yard run by Travis Robinson and a nine-yard scamper by Charles Hatton. West Carter’s defense gave up less than 200 yards of total offense with the majority of those coming in the second half.
“That’s the key for us this season is playing good defense,” Brown said. “Hopefully we’re going to score a lot of offense but we have to make sure we play well on the other side of the ball.”
“We did that (Friday).”
The Comets admit they like being undefeated for the first time in nine years, but they cannot celebrate for too long. West travels to Nicholas County Friday.
“We’re going to enjoy it,” Braden said. “We know it’s a long season and we have another tough game this week against Nicholas County and it’s an EKC game and we want to make sure we keep it going.”
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BATH COUNTY 14 21 0 0 — 35
WEST CARTER 0 0 0 15 — 15
WC – Peyton Brown 47 run (Mosbey kick) 7:54
WC – Zach Walker 33 pass from Braden Brown (Mosbey kick) 2:20
WC – Tristan Mitchell 1 run (Mosbey kick) 6:35
WC – Mitchell 18 run (Mosbey kick) 2:42
WC – Braden Brown 53 run (Mosbey kick) 1:20
BC – Travis Robinson 2 run (Caden Messer kick) 7:07
BC – Charles Hatton 9 run (Hatton pass from Nathan Swartz) :35
First down 15 7
Rushes-yards 29-243 35-172
Comp-Att-Int 5-8-0 2-5-0
Passing yards 115 17
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties-yards 3-20 4-20
West Carter rushing: B. Brown 7-70, E. Brown 2-35, P. Brown 2-62, Hanshaw 2-7, Mitchell 7-36, Travis 4-22, Wages 5-11.
Bath County rushing: Robinson 20-72, Hatton 7-68, Kissick 1-20, Donaldson 5-4, Swartz 2-8
West Carter passing: B. Brown 5 of 8 for 115 yards
Bath County passing: Donaldson 1 of 4 for 17 yards
West Carter receiving: P. Brown 1-42, Hanshaw 3-40, Walker 1-33
Bath County receiving: Kissick 1-17