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Anderson County overcame four turnovers and the mistakes expected in a season opener to whip host George Rogers Clark, 50-21, Friday night in Winchester.
Zachary Carmichael, Ryan Martin and Chris Toomey all registered two touchdowns as the Bearcats won their first season-opener since 2010.
Anderson overcame an early deficit, then took control during the second quarter and never looked back.
Anderson scored with 10:34 to play to make it 50-14 and invoke the “mercy rule” which dropped from 45 points to 36 this year. Clark added a touchdown inside the final two minutes.
Carmichael, Anderson's junior quarterback, hit on 11-of 20 passes for 214 yards. Bearcat ball carriers tallied 216 yards
Martin, a sophomore, led Anderson runners with 76 yards.
George Rogers Clark converted an early Anderson fumble into a quick score with Brent Stoneking hitting quarterback Luke Sharock on a 77-yard scoring pass to make it 6-0.
Anderson responded with three straight touchdowns and was never seriously threatened again.
“I could not be any prouder of the kids tonight,” Anderson coach Mark Peach said. “We got down early but were able to come back.”
**George Rogers Clark suffered a major blow when Sharrock took shot to his head late in the first half. He was taken to Clark Regional Medical center for observation. It was later reported by The Winchester Sun that he had a concussion from the hit.
**For a full report, see the Sept. 4 edition of The Anderson News.