Rebel defense bends, doesn’t break early to seal 36-7 rivalry win

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By Quincy Burt

Russell County-Casey County is always interesting. No matter the sport, no matter the game. It is the cliché, throw the records out the window when these two teams get together. However, the last several games in this series on the gridiron have been extremely one sided with Casey dropping 50-plus and holding the Lakers to under 20.

In the 2018 edition, the match up started very different. Russell County did their best to keep the Rebel offense off the field, but it was coach Steve Stonebraker’s defense that answered the bell when it came down to it.

"I was proud of how our defense buckled down on a fourth-and-one play on the goal line on their first drive to stop them and get the ball back,”he said. “Other than that drive and the one they scored on our guys were more physically dominant all night.”

It is safe to say that, had the Lakers scored on that play, things could have been different, but despite the close nature of the contest, despite weather issues and despite the opponent’s game plan - the Rebels did what their coach has deemed the theme of this season; they went on to, “conquer.”

"I was elated with how our players fought all night,”Stonebraker explained. “We had so many guys that stepped up to make plays. And, we were focused in handling a tough road environment against a rival team that was compounded by a significant weather delay. Our players attacked all the adversity that came their way and conquered it all.”

The defense did more than their part in conquering the Lakers led by a pair of defenders racking up double-digit tackles (Ethan Ammons, 12 and Reece Brown, 10) while AJ Glenn added a sack to his seven tackles on the evening. Ethan Parton, Josh Blevins, Adam Price, Keegan Hansfordand Gabe Singleton each forced a fumble, recovered a fumbled, grabbed an interception or added a sack for the Casey defense.

Casey didn’t get their zero off the scoreboard until the mid-way through the second quarter when Preston Tucker ripped off a 45-yard run for a score. A Nick-Wilkerson point after made it 7-0.

With :29 left in the half Russell County scored to tie it up, but that’s when the fun started for the Casey squad.

"That was such a fun end-of-half sequence after their first score when we moved the ball into position to take a shot into the end zone on the last play of the half,”Stonebraker recalled. “Austin(Campbell) made a heck of a throw with good air under the ball and Ethan (Parton) went and got it and did a great job making sure he crossed the goal line. Then Gabe (Singleton) did a great job delaying the snap on our PAT attempt to get them to jump offsides and give us the opportunity to get two points from the one and a half yard line.”

“I've got to credit A.J. (Glenn) and our offensive line for getting us past the goal line on that play,”added Stonebraker. “I told the guys that's why we practice our two-minute offense and hail-mary play. They were confident with it because we practice that and you could sense how calm they were.”

That sequence made it 15-7 at the break and was the game winner as the Rebels did all of the scoring in the second half as the defense took care of business.

Tucker, for a second-straight week, used tremendous blocking from the Casey offense to do the bulk of the scoring. The senior punched in a four-yard TD in the third quarter and took a pass from Campbell 18 yards to the end zone in the fourth. Tucker finished top five in the player of the week poll for the Herald Leader last week (16 carries, 183 yards, 3TDs) and is in the running again this week (12 carries, 118 yards, 3TDs).

"Our receivers dominated while blocking their defensive backs in the perimeter run game,”Stonebraker stated. “I have to credit Zach Todd, Micah Pendleton, Haden Bastin, Reece Brown and Adam Price for having their best blocking night thus far. They really allowed us to pop some things in the run game.”

Ammons finished off the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter and even took care of his own point-after kick. When the clock found it’s way back to zeros, Casey moved to 3-0 with the 36-7 win at Russell County. Now, it’s a week off before 6-A Jeffersontown comes to Liberty.

Stonebraker is glad for the bye week, ”Our open week comes at a good time for us to heal up some bumps and bruises and get back to some fundamentals.”


Casey     0             15          7          14         -36

Russell   0              7            0           0          -7



Scoring by Quarters:

2nd Quarter:

CC (6:45) - Preston Tucker 45 run (Nick WIlkerson kick)

RC (0:29) - Ben Abrell 1 run (Kelby Grider kick)

CC (0:00) - Ethan Parton 34 pass from Austin Campbell (A.J. Glenn run)


3rd Quarter:

CC (3:14) - Tucker 4 run (Wilkerson kick)


4th Quarter:

CC (10:09) - Tucker 18 pass from Campbell (Wilkerson Kick)

CC (2:15) - Ethan Ammons 4 run (Ammons kick)



                                               CC                                RC


First Downs                           21                               13

Rushes-Yards                    34-258                          47-140

Fumbles-Lost                       1-0                               4-2

ATT/COMP/INT               19/10/1                         3/10/1

Passing Yards                         99                                56       


Casey County Rushing:

Tucker (12-118); Campbell (8-80); Ammons (2-61); Elijah Pitman (1-2); Coleman Wright (1- -3)


Casey County Passing:

Campbell (19-10-99-1)


Casey County Receiving:

Parton (1-34); Micah Pendleton (2-29); Tucker (2-19); Zach Todd (1-9); Adam Price (1-7); Haden Bastin (2-5); Reece Brown (1- -4)


Casey County Individual Defensive Statistics:

Ethan Ammons - 12 total tackles

Reece Brown - 10 total tackles

Collin Iski - 8 total tackles

A.J. Glenn - 7 total tackles; 1 sack

Nate McGowan - 7 total tackles

Ethan Parton - 7 total tackles; 1 sack; fumble recovery

Andrew Mercer - 5 total tackles

Josh Blevins - 4 total tackles; forced fumble

Adam Price - 3 total tackles; 1 Interception

Logan Combs - 3 total tackles

Keegan Hansford - 3 total tackles; forced fumble

Charlie Grider - 3 total tackles

Gabe Singleton - 2 total tackles; fumble recovery

Austin Campbell - 2 total tackles

Logan Stephens - 1 total tackle

Preston Tucker - 1 total tackle

Cleyber Ramirez - 1 total tackle

Brinceson Bolin - 1 total tackle