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A lethargic start put Campbellsville High School into a hole they could never fully get out of and a 28-27 loss in the Eagles’ district opener at home to Williamsburg on Friday night.
The Eagles (3-4) trailed 22-0 early as sophomore quarterback Dalton Sizemore hooked up twice (13 and 16 yards) with freshman wide receiver Skyler Griffith around a nine-yard TD run by freshman Jefferson Patrick.
The Yellow Jackets also converted their first two two-point tries and led 22-0.
Campbellsville freshman Eric Lamer blocked a Williamsburg punt and Eagle Josh Roe returned it to the Yellow Jacket 3-yard line to set up Tashaun Hoskins’ scoring burst with 30.9 seconds left before intermission.
However, the Jackets (5-2) needed only four plays, plus an Eagle 15-yad penalty, to score on Sizemore’s three-yard keeper as the first-half horn sounded.
Campbellsville shut out Williamsburg in the second half and basically dominated play to creep within a single point.
Hoskins tallied from 52 yards on a draw play with only 98 seconds gone in the second half and Bradley Bates’ point-after kick made it 28-15.
In the fourth frame, CHS quarterback Josh Hicks scored from 16 yards out to make it 28-21 with 7:23 left in the contest.
Hicks’ 19-yard completion was the big play on the drive as was a Hicks’ hoop-up to Dra Thornton for 16.
Campbellsville, with its backs near its own goal line and the clock winding down, used a Hicks pass to Alex Brunelle for 22 yards to the Williamsburg 46 with Brunelle cutting back across the field to go the final 54 yards for the score. However, with 1:51 remaining, the snap was high and the Eagles could not complete the game-winning two-point conversion.
Hoskins rushed for over 100 yards for Campbellsville while Hicks completed 11 passes for 156 yards.
Hughes was the top CHS receiver with four catches while Thornton had three and Brunelle and Hoskins two apiece.
The Eagles, who probably need a pair of district road wins to host a first-round, home play-off game, visit Lynn Camp on Friday and Berea Oct. 21 before finishing regular-season play against non-district foe Fort Knox on Oct. 28. Berea defeated Lynn Camp 30-13 on Friday.
CHS Eagles 27
WHS 8 20 0 0 — 28
CHS 0 8 7 12 — 27
WHS — Skyler Griffith, 13, pass from Dalton Sizemore (Sizemore run)
WHS — Jefferson Patrick, 9, run (Patrick run)
WHS — Griffith, 16, pass from Sizemore (run failed)
CHS — Tashaun Hoskins, 3, run (Josh Hicks run)
WHS — Sizemore, 3, run (run failed)
CHS — Hoskins, 52, run (Bradley Bates kick)
CHS — Hicks, 16, run (kick failed)
CHS — Alex Brunelle, 76, pass from Hicks (pass failed)
First downs 14 10
Rushing 28-135 31-166
Passing 11-21-0 11-28-2
Passing yards 197 156
Total yards 332 322
Fumbles lost 4 0
Penalties 11-107 7-79
Punts-avg 5-31 6-28
CHS individual stats
Rushing — Hoskins 17-108, Josh Hicks 4-34, Josh Roe 3-13, Dra Thornton 6-10, Alex Brunelle 1-1.
Passing — Hicks 11-28-2 for 156.
Receiving — Cameron Hughes 4-33, Thornton 3-26, Brunelle 2-81, Hoskins 2-16.
Fumble recoveries — Kyle Novak 1, Hicks 1, Eric Lamer 1, Roe 1.