Karns wins a tough one 41-34 against Campbell County

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Caleb Jarreau, Managing Editor

Karns (2-2) traveled to hostile Dosset Stadium to play district opponent Campbell County (4-0). Campbell County came into the game, being 4-0 for only the second time ever. WBIR player of the week and star athlete C.J. Allen looked to lead the cougars to victory. Cougar missed opportunities led to Karns and Desean Bishop running away with the win after seven touchdowns were scored in the fourth quarter. Last year, Bishop rushed for over 600 yards and six touchdowns against the Cougars. 

 

Both defenses played well in the first quarter. With 7:04 left in the first, quarterback Cassen Huffaker threw to a wide open Walker Lockhart for a 27 yard touchdown. The Beavers would stay ahead 7-0 after forcing several bad passes from Cougar quarterback Hunter White. Karns’ offense struggled, not scoring again until the second quarter. 

 

Both teams struggled to get anything going offensively with several back and forth 3-and-outs and penalties forcing both teams into long yardage situations. Bishop ended the scoring drought running for a 67 yard touchdown with 8:01 left in the half, extending the lead to 14-0. Campbell County began marching down the field the following possession but turned it over on downs after a pass break up by J.J. Ramirez. Bishop used the momentum to march down the field, scoring from a yard out. After holding the ball since 6:41, Karns went up 21-0 with 25 seconds left in the half. Karns went into the locker room feeling hot, shutting out the Cougars in the first half. 

 

Campbell County quarterback Hunter White got the offense rolling after halftime, throwing a 49 yard touchdown pass to Ethan Miller. The Cougars chip into the Beaver’s lead, making it 21-7 with 10:30 left in the quarter. Bishop and the Beavers march down the field despite penalties, putting together almost a 10 minute drive. A botched handoff between Huffaker and Bishop leads to a fumble recovery by the Cougars on their own 2, ending the drive. The Cougars make use of the turnover, scoring on a trick play that fools the Karns defense. Campbell County’s Mason Shanks lobs it to Devon Jones for the 73 yard touchdown, making the score 14-21 with 11:36 left in the game. 

 

Karns failed to answer the Cougar’s touchdown, going 3-and-out and giving Campbell County all of the momentum. The Cougars traveled 70 yard down the field, scoring on a C.J. Allen 18 yard run up the middle. Campbell County missed the PAT, making it 21-20. Karns responded quickly on a 53 yard touchdown run by Bishop. The PAT is blocked by the Cougars, bringing the score to 27-20. The ensuing drive ends in a Karns pick-six after Beaver’s Jordan Woodgett jumps the screen thrown by Hunter White. The Beavers would add to their lead 34-20. About a minute later, fireworks get set off once again as White highpoints his wide receiver in the back of the endzone. Cougars make the PAT, making it 34-27 with 4:44 left in the game. Bishop, in the wildcat, marches down the field to score from 18 yards out, effectively ending the game. Karns extended their lead to 41-27 with 3:14 left. The Cougars score on a 2 yard run by Allen with 1:30 left, but they fail to get the onside kick ending the game. Karns wins 41- 34after an electric fourth quarter. Bishop finishes with 4 TD’s and 359 yards on 45 rushing attempts, averaging almost eight yards per run. 

 

Karns becomes 3-2 on the year, 1-1 in district play. Karns controls their own fate, seeking a playoff berth for the first time since 2011. The Beavers play offensive power Carter next, 9/24, for their homecoming game. Campbell County becomes 4-1, 1-1 in district play. They face Roane county next, 9/24