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Trimble comes up on wrong side of soggy 60-0 loss to No. 10 Bethlehem
By Rob Lafary
, Courier Sports Writer
Saturday, September 21, 2013 4:59 AM
GOAL-LINE: Trimble County’s Wyatt Adkins (25) is taken down near the goal line by Grant Montgomery (60), of Bardstown Bethlehem in the first quarter of Friday’s game in Bedford. The fourth down stop ended the Raiders’ best chance to score in the 60-0 homecoming loss. This and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
Trimble County football survived the torrential rain that flooded the field Friday night but suffered a loss in the trenches to Bardstown Bethlehem 60-0 in Bedford.
Bethlehem (4-0), ranked 10th in Class 1A, overpowered the Raiders in every phase of the game, using a mix of speed and athleticism to attack early and often, totaling nearly 400 yards of total offense and limiting Trimble County to just 121.
The Eagles scored twice in the first quarter on a pair of run plays. Jake Yates found the end zone on a 16-yard-run and Frederick Brady followed on a 2-yard score up the middle. Bethlehem led 14-0 after the first quarter.
Trimble County spent the entire night offensively on the ground and the decision looked promising in the second quarter.
Wyatt Adkins put together a pair of 5-yard runs and helped the Raiders to an early first down. A few plays later, Bo Hawkes found a hole for 48 yards to put Trimble in the red zone. A scoring opportunity eluded them though as they turned the ball over on downs at the 3-yard-line.
There would be no more red zone trips nor offensive surges for Trimble County for the rest of the game as Bethlehem spent the rest of the first half adding cushion to the lead.
Quarterback Connor Ballard hooked up with Yates for two scores in the quarter and Ballard ran for two scores of his own, giving the Eagles a 41-0 halftime advantage.
With the rain coming down harder in the second half, holding onto the football became a problem for both teams. A slippery ball and flooded field gave way to five fumbles between the two schools, four of which were lost. But it didn't stop Bethlehem from continuing the scoring onslaught.
Making matters worse was the poor field position Trimble found itself in constantly. Thanks to the foot of Bethlehem's Austin Douglas, the Raiders never started an offensive series anywhere past their own 25-yard-line.
The Eagles hit pay dirt three more times in the final two quarters. Zachary Ritchie scampered for four yards and Caleb Winebrenner went eight yards up the middle with just two minutes left in the third quarter.
Hunter Downs put the finishing touches on the night, running five yards to cap off an impressive 60-0 win.
With their opponents' record at 12-3, Trimble County hopes to build off their strength schedule next Friday, when they open District Five play.
The Raiders (0-4) host Gallatin County. It will be the final home game of the 2013 season.
CLASS A No. 10 BETHLEHEM 60, TRIMBLE COUNTY 0
BETHLEHEM 14 27 12 7 - 60
TRIMBLE CO. 0 0 0 0 - 0
BB-- Jake Yates, 16 yard run (Austin Douglas kick), 10:04.
BB-- Frederick Brady, 2 yard run (Austin Douglas kick), 5:21
BB-- Connor Ballard, 10 yard run (kick failed), 9:58.
BB-- Jake Yates, 5 yard pass from Connor Ballard (Austin Douglas kick), 6:31.
BB-- Connor Ballard, 8 yard run (Austin Douglas kick), 2:47.
BB-- Jake Yates, 23 yard pass from Connor Ballard (Austin Douglas kick), 55.4.
BB-- Zachary Ritchie, 4 yard run (kick failed), 8:50.
BB-- Caleb Winebrenner, 8 yard run (kick failed), 2:20.
BB-- Hunter Downs, 5 yard run (Austin Douglas kick), 8:04.
First Downs 14 3
Rushes-Yards 39-360 35-121
Comp-Att-Int 6-10-0 0-0-0
Pass Yards 8-70 0-0-0
Total Offense 430 121
Penalties-Yards 4-25 7-50
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-3
Rushing -- Bardstown-Bethlehem, Frederick Bardy (7-107, TD); Connor Ballard (7-69, TD); Jake Yates (5-68); Zachary Ritchie (8-44, TD); Caleb Winebrenner (6-39, TD); Hunter Downs (2-20, TD); Alex Roche (2-10); Bo Hawkes (7-56); Wyatt Adkins (15-53); Brady McCane (5-14); Tevin Taylor (6-1); Brian Haney (1-0); Brandon Yowler (1- (-2)).
Passing -- Bardstown-Bethlehem, Connor Ballard (6-10-0, 87 yards, 2 TD); Tevin Taylor (0-0-0).
Receiving -- Bardstown-Bethlehem, Robert Isaacs (1-32); Jake Yates (2-28, 2 TD); Jonathen Ryan (2-25); Janzen Sivori (1-2).
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