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Mistakes at the most inopportune times cost Anderson County a chance and what might have been its biggest regular season football win in over 15 years Friday night.
The Bearcats were flagged for 15 penalties, dropped several passes and had some other breakdowns in a 30-27 loss at Boyle County Friday night.
Despite all the errors, the game was not settled until Anderson's Joe Rose, who had been virtually automatic on short kids, hooked a potential game-tying field goal with 2.5 seconds to play.
Anderson fell to 2-1 on the year. Boyle, which has won seven state titles since 1999, improved to 4-0.
Boyle struck first but Anderson tied it on Ross Cox's 94-yard kickoff return.
By halftime, it was 16-13 Boyle.
Anderson got a breatk when Tristin Ashburn returned a fumble 25 yards for a score, but Boyle answered quickly to make it 30-20. But Anderson, which had only four first downs in the first half, sprang to life in the second, finishing with 19 first downs and 328 yards of total offense.
Ashburn hauled in a Carmichael pass for a 27-yard touchdown with 4:36 to play. Andeson stopped the Rebels and had one more chance. Anderson drove to inside the Boyle six with 6.5 seconds to play.
Andeson went for the tie, but Rose's kick was wide left.
Anderson coach Mark Peach was quick to note, “This game did not come down to one kick,” he said. “We made way too many mistakes.”