Campbellsville’s Dale Estes knew his season opener as Eagles’ head coach would be a toughie and Russell County posted a 51-0 shellacking in the opening game of the fourth annual Forcht Bank Bowl at Campbellsville University on Friday.
“They’re just better than us,” Estes admitted. “They dominated us up front. They’re much stronger.
“They started nine seniors and that made a huge difference.”
Russell County, which lost only two of nine games in 2011 by a total of seven points, needed only 17 seconds to score when Nick Britt went around left end from 65 yards out on the second play from scrimmage.
Britt, who was named the Offensive Player of the Game, carried the pigskin only nine times, but had 197 yards and two more scores.
The only flaw in the Lakers’ arsenal came when stellar kicker Lucas Williams missed the first extra-point try.
Williams bounced back quickly with a 27-yard field goal and Russell County added another first-quarter tally — a 72-yard run by Britt — and three second-period touchdowns to lead 37-0 at intermission.
The Lakers also needed only 17 seconds to tally in the third frame when Mason Short picked off a pass and went virtually untouched into pay dirt.
Short, who had nine tackles and the fumble recovery for the score, was the Defensive Player of the Game.
After Russell County scored again with 5:49 left in the third, the continuous-running clock began.
The Eagles, who did match the Lakers in first downs with 11, marched to the Russell County one-yard line on Hayden Webb’s 12-yard run starting the fourth quarter.
However, a bobbled snap and lost fumble thwarted the CHS scoring chance.
“Our kids kept playing hard and didn’t quit,” Estes concluded. “I’m proud of them for that.”
LaRue County bested Adair County 47-7 in the nightcap with two more games scheduled on Saturday to conclude the Forcht Bank Bowl set-up.