Bearcats hit on all cylinders, rout Mercer

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Puckett hauls in three scoring passes

By John Herndon

Anderson County is a far different football team than it was when the season opened back on Aug. 17.

The Bearcats are better. Much better.

The Bearcats routed Mercer County, 48-7, Friday night in Harrodsburg, both flexing their muscle and showcasing why they fully expect to be a force in district play and in the post season.

“We were clicking on all cyliders tonight,” Peach said.

Sophmore Dusty Puckett hauled in three touchdown passes from classmate Zach Carmichael to lead the Bearcats to their third win in four games.

It was Anderson's most one-sided win over Mercer since a 48-0 shellacking in 1996.

Puckett caught four passes for 109 yards while Carmichael completed 16-of-22 for 307 yards and four touchdowns. The combo hooked up for scoring passes of 15, 65 and 24 yards in the first half.

For good measure, Puckett intercepted a pass.

Three other Bearcats found the end zone as well. Chris Toomey got his first two varsity touchdowns. The sophomore scored on runs of 4 and 2 yards. Granville Hayes scored from four yards out and Tristan Ashburn caught a 19-yard touchdown.

Throughout the contest, Anderson dominated the line on both sides of the ball.

Mercer quickly responded to Anderson's first score with a long run of its own. Runing back James Johnson galloped 55 yards for a score.

On the next play, Carmichael hit Puckett for a 65-yard touchdown and the rout was on.

But that was about the only offense Mercer, now 2-2, could muster.

Anderson heads back on the road next week when the Bearcats visit Mongbomery County.

For a complete report, see the Sept. 19 edition of The Anderson News.