HI HAT – The South Floyd football team made new head coach Chad Hall’s debut memorable. South Floyd distanced itself from visiting Betsy Layne after halftime in the two county rivals’ latest meeting, pulling away to defeat the Bobcats 38-20 in the season-opener on Friday night.
Betsy Layne had beaten South Floyd 64-44 in a shootout in the two squads’ previous meeting in 2014.
“Early in the game, we looked like a young inexperienced team,” South Floyd Coach Chad Hall said. “We were not as aggressive as I wanted us to be, didn’t tackle well and turned the ball over. But this group of young men refused to give up. Senior leaders Hunter Johnson and Andrew Tackett settled our young group down. We made some halftime adjustments and our team executed better in the second half. Our offensive line played a solid game giving James Bub Little and JR Tackett space to run. The defense stepped up and played well coming up with three interceptions in the second half. We are still a work in progress and I could see this team improving with every snap. I am very proud of the effort this team gave and their will to win.”
South Floyd rushed 30 times for 223 yards and three touchdowns.
The Raiders added 71 yards and one touchdown through the air.
Leading South Floyd on the ground, James “Bub” Little rushed 15 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
Following Little in the South Floyd rushing column, JR Tackett gained 74 yards and scored one touchdown via 10 carries.
South Floyd quarterback Hunter Johnson rushed five times for 31 yards.
Johnson completed two of eight passes for 60 yards and one touchdown. The South Floyd signal-caller threw one interception in the season-opener.
Andrew Tackett led the Raiders in receiving, reeling in two receptions for 60 yards and one touchdown.
Hunter Johnson led the South Floyd defense with 10 tackles. Directly behind Johnson in the South Floyd defensive column, Little added nine tackles. Little also recovered a fumble for the winning team.
Additional key defenders for the Raiders were Trevor Varney (eight tackles), Dustin Huff (five tackles), JR Tackett (four tackles), Colby Niece (four tackles), Brady Conn (four tackles) and Austin Akers (four tackles).
South Floyd recorded four interceptions. Andrew Tackett picked off a pair of Betsy Layne passes. JR Tackett and Huff added one interception apiece. Huff returned his interception for a 55-yard touchdown.
Both South Floyd and Betsy Layne are due back on the field for a Week 1 game on Friday, Aug. 28. South Floyd is slated to host Harlan. In another game, Betsy Layne will visit Morgan County. Kickoff for each upcoming game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.