BETSY LAYNE – Betsy Layne outlasted visiting South Floyd 14-6 in overtime to win “The Battle of Mud Creek” as the two Floyd County high school football programs met for the final time on Friday night.
Familiar foes, Betsy Layne and South Floyd are non-district counterparts.
The Raiders are on the gridiron for their final season. South Floyd and Allen Central high schools are poised to consolidate to form Floyd County Central High School.
The Betsy Layne-South Floyd game was scoreless at halftime. Betsy Layne, after blocking a punt, made the most of good field position in the third quarter. The Bobcats got on the scoreboard when Kendrick hooked up with Trimble Dotson on a 25-yard scoring pass.
South Floyd battled back to tie the game. Regulation ended with the two teams tied 6-6.
Betsy Layne scored a touchdown and added a two-point conversion in overtime. Kendrick reached the endzone on a rushing attempt to allow Betsy Layne to move ahead in the extra period.
Thriving defensively, Betsy Layne held South Floyd out of the endzone in overtime.
The Bobcats won despite rushing for only 39 yards. Through the air, Kendrick completed 8-of-12 passes for 99 yards and the one touchdown.
Logan Layne led Betsy Layne on the ground, rushing seven times for 32 yards.
Pacing the Bobcat defensive effort, Jeremiah Keathley registered 16 tackles, 12 of which were solo stops. Ranking as Betsy Layne’s second-leading defensive player, Layne added 14 tackles.
“This was a great win,” said Betsy Layne Coach Jonathan Parsons. “Going all season without one and now getting the first one helps our momentum. We have a lot of positions we are young in and we did a lot of growing up in this game. I’m very proud of them.”
Teams throughout the state took the field for Week 0 in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s football season.
Both Betsy Layne and South Floyd are due back in action in Week 1. Betsy Layne is scheduled to host Morgan County for another home game. Continuing on the road, South Floyd is slated to visit Harlan. Kickoff for each upcoming high school football 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.