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Granville Hayes scored two touchdowns, was responsible for 230 yards of offense and, for good measure, recovered a key fumble to leas Anderson County to a 27-8 win at previously-unbeaten Montgomery County Friday night.
Hayes took a 5-yard pass from Zachary Carmichael with 9:23 remaining in the first half for the game's first touchdown then burst through the Montgomery line for a 3-yard score to ice the game in the final minute.
He had stopped Montgomery's game-opening drive when he recovered a fumble at the Bearcat 6.
Hayes was not alone, however, as the Bearcats dominated from the time of that fumble, coming 3:30 into the game, until the final horn.
Joe Rose nailed a pair of field goals and delivered a pair of nice punts, including a 41-yarder that gave the Bearcats some breathing room after a botched snap out of the shotgun had backed the Bearcats and Montgomery, now 4-1, was showing some signs of life.
Carmichael completed 17-of-25 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown pass to Dusty Puckett that put Anderson up 20-0 early in the fourth quarter.
Montgomery, which had come into the contest averaging 26 points and nearly 400 yards a contest, got nothing going offensively, netting just 185 yards offensively. The Indians' only score, a 14-yard pass from Matt Tuttle to Chas Newkirk with 7:03 to play, came after the Bearcats assisted Montgomery with a roughing the passer penalty after the Indians' drive had stalled on a fourth-down call.
If there was a downside to the Bearcats' night, it was 11 penalties, totaling 117 yards. The calls ranged from illegal procedures to the roughing the passer and a personal foul.
“We made a ton of mistakes,” said Anderson coach Mark Peach. “I am so proud of the kids. They found a way to work through all of that and get the job done. We were able to beat a quality opponent on the road and get a district win.”
Anderson, now 4-1, returns home for the first time since the season opener on Aug. 17 next Friday night when the Bearcats host Woodford County in the Bearcats' homecoming game. Woodford, 3-2, dropped its district opener to East Jessamine, 28-19, in Versailles Friday night.
For a complete report, see the Sept. 26 edition of The Anderson News.