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Anderson County found a way to win Friday night.
The Bearcats overcame a night in which the offense was not clicking and a quality opponent, South Oldham, was showing a big play capability.
But somehow, the Bearcats willed their way to a 35-20 win before an overflow crowd at Hollie Warford Stadium.
Anderson exploded for two touchdowns in the final five minutes to make the final score more one-sided than the game actually was.
The Bearcats, ranked fifth in the Associated Press poll of Class 5A teams, sputtered for more than 21 minutes before quarterback Zachary Carmichael connected with Ross Cox on a 42-yard scoring pass to tie things at 7.
Just before halftime, Anderson defensive end Darius Harvey picked off a screen pass, then rumbled 48 yards for a score.
But South Oldham scored in the third quarter when Chase Lightfoot found paydirt from a yard out but the Dragons missed the extra point.
Anderson erupted late, first scoring on a pass from Carmichael to Dusty Puckett, the put things away when Ryan Martin galloped 93 yards for score to put the exclamation point on the Bearcats' second win of the season. South Oldham fell to 1-2.
Carmichael threw for 249 yards while Martin ran for 104.
Team prays after game
Anderson coach Mark Peach, informed by the Board of Education that he must stop the organized prayers his team has participated in throughout his tenure, led the team in a moment of silence following the contest.
Later, Peach's father, Al Peach, led the team in a tear-filled prayer. Several hundred fans, many more than normal, joined the Bearcats in the post-game prayers. Several players had tears in their eyes after the gathering.
A complete story will appear in the Sept. 11 edition of The Anderson News.