OLIVE HILL It was halftime Friday when West Carter’s band played the funk band War’s 1975 hit “Low Rider.”
The lyrics included, “Take a little trip/Take a little trip/Take a little trip and see.”
The Comets’ trip in the Class 2A playoffs continued, and Bath County saw it – a 36-0 running-clock shutout.
West Carter thus will do something that’s not happened since 2015 – host a second-round game. Shelby Valley comes to Olive Hill next Friday.
Another week of football meant a lot to West Carter coach Daniel Barker.
“It means the world,” Barker said. “I was an assistant coach for coach (Kevin) Brown on the first team. I grew up here, I played here, most of our coaches did the same.”
Maybe West Carter (8-3) just wants to escape the cold – understandable because it was 31 degrees by game’s end. It took just a shade over two hours to accomplish it because the Comets mercy-ruled Bath County just two minutes into the second quarter.
The Comets rolled through their muddy field in varied ways.
There was passing. Orry Perry, who threw for 111 yards, found Jackson Bond for a 39-yard score on a crossing route just 57 seconds into the game.
“Those were reads for Orry,” Barker said. “He made the right play, made good throws, and Jackson made good plays.”
“Early in the game we made some mistakes,” Bath County coach Johnny Poynter said. “Young guys are gonna make those mistakes. We’ve got young guys, they’ve got veterans.”
There was running. Leetavious Cline rushed for 120 yards, including a 76-yarder halfway through the first quarter. He says he’s not all the way back from a left ankle injury.
“Sometimes if it gets hit, it hurts a little bit,” Cline said. “Nothing major.”
There were interceptions that became touchdowns. Gage Leadingham pick-sixed Ryan Leach with 5:29 left in the first, and Sam Jones did the same thing for 74 yards with 10:09 to go in the second.
Leadingham’s pick was his sixth this season.
“It’s a great feeling,” Leadingham said. “I saw a ball in the air, and I grabbed it and saw my team out there blocking for me.”
Finally, there was team defense. Bath County (4-7) lost two yards on the ground and managed 109 through the air.
West Carter beat Shelby Valley, 33-7, on Sept. 27 in Olive Hill. Amid Friday’s postgame braggadocio about what West Carter would do next week, Barker told his team what he’s said before – the 2019 Comets are the toughest bunch he’s coached.
“(Shelby Valley) is mad at you, they’re mad at me,” Barker said. “We will go as long as you decide.”
BATH CO. 0 0 0 0 — 0
W. CARTER 28 8 0 0 — 36
WC-Jackson Bond 39 pass from Orry Perry (Garrett Wolfe), 11:03
WC-Leetavious Cline 76 run (Blake McGlone run), 6:49
WC-Gage Leadingham 62 interception return (Wolfe kick), 5:23
WC-Bond 45 pass from Perry (kick failed), 3:38
WC-Sam Jones 74 interception return, 10:09
First downs 9 6
Rushes-yards 7-(minus-2) 14-111
Comp-Att-Int 14-40-2 3-5-1
Passing yards 109 97
Punting 2-21.5 1-32.0
Fumbles-lost 3-2 3-2
Penalties-yards 1-5 4-60
Bath Co. rushing: Leach 2-(minus-8), Nelson 1-6, Easton 1-4, McCoy 1-2, Lewis 1-2, Everman 1-(minus-2).
W. Carter rushing: Cline 11-120, Crampton 1-2, Nichols 1-1, Perry 1-(minus-12).
Bath Co. passing: Leach 14-40-109.
W. Carter passing: Perry 3-5-97.
Bath Co. receiving: Fields 1-13, Fraley 7-24, McKenzie 7-64, Butcher 1-8.
W. Carter receiving: McGlone 1-13, Bond 2-84.