Even after being shut out 26-0 Friday night by host Powell, the Campbell County High School football team still has a shot at making the playoffs.
However, the Cougars need a lot of help.
While Campbell County (2-4 district, 3-5 overall) can help itself out tremendously with a win tomorrow (Fri.) night over Knox Halls, the Cougars will be cheering for Knoxville Central to defeat Powell (3-4 district, 4-5 overall) in another district game.
If Powell wins, the Panthers will take the fourth and remaining playoff berth in District 3 no matter what happens between Campbell County and Halls.
If Powell loses and Campbell County wins, well then the postseason drama will be played out one more week.
Clinton, Oak Ridge and Anderson County have already clinched three of the district’s four playoff berths. Offensively, there wasn’t much for the Cougars to write home about following last week’s loss at Powell.
Poor field conditions for the fifth consecutive week hampered Campbell County’s flex-option offense. Senior running back Bradley Hicks had the longest gain of the night for the Cougars when he broke a 42-yard in the third quarter.
Defensively, senior defensive back Trevor Nolan was in on 10 total tackles for Campbell County, seven of which were solo. He also forced a fumble and deflected a pass. Nolan also caught a pair of passes for first downs while playing on offense. Hicks made six solo tackles from his linebacker position, including one for minus yardage. He also recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass.
Junior defensive end Donovan Long made five tackles, recovered two fumbles and deflected a pass.
Sophomore linebacker Phoenix Asher was in on eight total stops.
Sophomore quarterback Dustin McPhetridge passed for three touchdowns to lead Powell. The Panthers took a 20-0 halftime lead with a pair of McPhetridge scoring tosses and a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown by Devante Hamilton. Justin Wood caught two TD passes for Powell.