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Campbellsville High School begin the football play-offs just like it ended the regular season — by spotting a quality opponent 28 points in the first half on Dave Fryrear Field.
While, like last week, coach Jay Cobb’s displayed a much-better second-half effort the results were the same — a 40-28 loss to Raceland in the first round of post-season play.
CHS, which finishes at 4-7, could muster only three first-half first downs while the Rams were chalking up 13 which led to a pair touchdowns in each of the first two quarters.
Raceland’s leading rusher, Michael Litteral, never played but the Rams did not miss a first-half beat as junior Marcus Reed and senior quarterback Tyler Farley had two touchdowns apiece and Scotty Craft caught a pair of conversions.
A rejuvenated bunch of Eagles came out in the second half and posted a 20-point third quarter.
Alex Brunelle connected with Matthew Davis down the right sideline for a 57-yard score for the first of four CHS touchdowns.
After an exchange of punts, Alex Gilbert’s fumble recovery set up a Tashuan Hoskins 16-yard run to pay dirt.
Down 28-12, the Eagle defense held and Brunelle found Joe McKenzie, who sprinted down the left sideline for a 69-yard tally.
Hoskins ran in the conversion and a 28-point half-time deficit had been shaved to only eight (28-20).
However, the back-breaker came on the next play when John Valencourt took a short CHS kick-off across field and down the left side for a 65-yard run into the end zone.
Raceland tacked on another TD early in the fourth frame when Reed, who along with Ralph Burchett had over 100 yards rushing, broke numerous tackles for a 23-yard TD.
Alex Brunelle’s second pick of the night and 35-yard return to the Ram five set up his own three-yard score and another Hoskins’ two-pointer.
The Eagles’ last two tries ended with interceptions.
Brunelle passed for 169 yards on his seven completions while Hoskins rushed for 58.
Raceland (7-4) visits Lexington Christian on Friday.
In the other half of the regional bracket, Williamsburg bested Nicholas County 54-20 while Fairview shut out Lynn Camp 42-0. Those two squads meet Friday in Williamsburg.