One good half not enough as Wildcats rally past WHHS

By Linda Younkin Published:

It was Western Hills that came out ready to take control of Friday night’s football game at WHHS.

But it was Bath County that took advantage of a couple of Western Hills mistakes in the third quarter, and that was enough to send the Wildcats to a 35-14 victory.

“We couldn’t play a better first half,” WHHS coach Don Miller said, “but we got to the second half and made a few mistakes.”

The Wolverines (0-7) took the opening kickoff and after a nice return by Cody Williams had the ball on their own 42-yard line. With Zach Hart and Casey McLean doing the bulk of the running, WHHS moved the ball to the Bath County 10-yard line.

From there McLean carried it in for a touchdown. A bad snap on the extra-point attempt left the Wolverines with a 6-0 lead with 9:14 left in the first half.

WHHS stayed on the attack, fielding the onside kick after the score and recovering a Bath County fumble late in the first quarter, but wasn’t able to convert.

The score was 6-0 when the first quarter ended.

The Wildcats (6-1) tied the game on a 68-yard run by Timothy Robinson with 8:26 left in the second quarter, and they took a 12-6 lead on a 22-yard pass from Clark Kissick to Jason Little with 54 seconds remaining.

Bath missed the point-after kick after Robinson’s score and Kissick’s pass on a two-point conversion attempt was incomplete on the second touchdown, leaving the score 12-6 at halftime.

Early in the third quarter the Wolverines, facing fourth-and-one at their own 26-yard line, went for the first down and were held to no gain.

That gave Bath the ball at the WHHS 26, and the Wildcats wasted little time scoring with Kissick running the ball in from the 5-yard line on the fourth play of the drive.

Robinson’s conversion run gave BCHS a 20-6 lead with 6:30 left in the third.

Western Hills fumbled the ball away on its next drive, and Bath recovered the ball at the WHHS 40-yard line.

The Wildcats needed four plays to score on this drive, with Curren Shrout punching it in from the 2-yard line. Robinson ran for the conversion again, putting Bath up 28-6 with 4:06 remaining in the third.

“We didn’t get the down on the fourth down play,” Miller said, “and then we lost the fumble. That took a lot out of us, but when you face adversity your defense has to step up and make stops.”

WHHS was forced to punt on its next possession, and a dead ball personal foul penalty by the Wolverines on the punt return gave Bath the ball at the Western Hills 16-yard line.

After losing three yards on a run, Kissick hit Shrout with a 19-yard touchdown pass with 1:41 left in the third. Caden Messer kicked the extra point for a 35-6 Bath County lead at the end of the third.

The Wolverines were on the move when the quarter ended. Early in the period they faced fourth-and-three on the Bath County 40-yard line.

This time they converted with Nick Lockett going 28 yards for the first down. The drive ended with Hart scoring on a 2-yard run with 8:46 left in the game.

Quarterback Nick Young hit Williams with a conversion pass to make the score 35-14.

WHHS recovered the onside kick, and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Wildcats put the ball at the BCHS 34-yard line.

The Wolverines drove to the 20, but Taborn Kissick intercepted a pass at the Bath 4-yard line to give the ball back to the Wildcats.

Another interception ended Western Hills’ last possession of the game.

Bath County is now 3-0 in the district. WHHS is 0-2 with three more district games left to close out the season.

Next up for the Wolverines is a game Friday at Estill County. Their last home game is Senior Night Oct. 12 against Garrard County, and the regular-season finale is Oct. 19 at Powell County.

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