By Teddy Paynter
For the Daily News
PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Pikeville head coach Chris McNamee wasn’t about to play for overtime against Prestonsburg.
The veteran coach rolled the dice and his Panthers scored an improbable 30-29 win over the Blackcats in the closing seconds at Hillard Howard Field on Saturday, Aug. 23.
It was a dramatic ending to a game that started the night before, but had to be completed following heavy rainfall and lightning that forced its suspension.
Quarterback Austin Charles scored on a one-yard run with 12 seconds remaining and then added the two-point conversion to rally Pikeville (1-0) from 14 points down in the final quarter.
Charles, who rushed 13 times for 86 yards, also completed 7-of-13 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns.
Pikeville somehow managed to win despite four turnovers against the Blackcats (0-1).
The winning drive came with less than 90 seconds to play. Pikeville took possession of the football following a short Blackcat punt at the 40-yard line.
The Blackcats controlled the scoreboard for much of the game, building a 22-8 lead in the third quarter behind quarterback Jarredd Jarrell.
The senior signal-caller completed 14-of-26 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair in the opening half to Jackson Reed.
Charles hit Ben Maynard with an 82-yard scoring pass play to give Pikeville and 8-0 lead with 8 minutes, 32 seconds left in the first half. Running back Daric Pugh, who rushed 16 times for 101 yards, ran in the conversion. Maynard had two catches for 90 yards.
Jarrell then hit Reed on a scoring strike of 24 yards to pull the Blackcats event at 8-all with 4:28 to play in the half. Running back Dalton Frasure hauled in the conversion pass.
Jarrell then hit Reed with the go-ahead score from 13 yards out with 1:02 remaining before the break. Tate Green’s PAT kick made it 15-8.
Prestonsburg extended its lead to 22-8 when Jarrell tossed his third TD pass, this time to Chatlin Jarrell from 32 yards out. Green’s kick was good with 9:58 to play in the third period.
Pikeville came right back three minutes later when Charles hit Cody Estep for a 65-yard touchdown pass. L.J. Allara’s kick pulled the Panthers to within 22-15. Estep had four catches in the game for 82 yards.
Jarredd Jarrell scored on a one-yard run with 1:23 left in the quarter to make it 29-15.
Frasure led the Blackcat ground attack with 63 yards on 23 carries.
Charles pulled the Panthers to within 29-22 when he hit Andrew McNamee with a 14-yard scoring pass play with 9:40 left. Allara’s kick was good.
Prestonsburg returns to action at home on Aug. 29, hosting Sheldon Clark (0-0). Pikeville will battle Hazard (0-0) in the Pike County Bowl at home on Aug. 30.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
P’burg (0-1)…..0 15 14 0 – 29
PHS (1-0)…….0 8 7 15 – 30
Pike Central 14, Whitley Co. 0
BUCKLEYS CREEK, Ky. – Pike Central held a 14-0 lead against Whitley County with less than five minutes to play in the first half when play was suspended on Aug. 22.
The two teams will resume the game on Sept. 22.
Play was delayed for over three hours because of heavy rainfall and severe lightning.
Phelps, Jenkins finish tied 0-0
JENKINS, Ky. – It wasn’t the heavy rainfall which passed through the area that forced the suspension of the Phelps and Jenkins football game at Tommy Bush Field on Aug. 22 – it was the severe lightning.
The two teams played the opening half in soggy field conditions from an earlier rainstorm and the game ended in a 0-0 tie, after school officials for both teams decided to end the game for safety reasons.
Jenkins, playing its first game under new head coach Daniel Sexton, fumbled away two first-half scoring chances inside the Phelps 10-yard line.
Quarterback Andrew Oliver led the Cavaliers (0-0-1) with 47 yards on nine carries. He completed 1-of-4 passes for six yards. Jenkins finished with only 56 totals yards.
Phelps (0-0-1) had 50 yards, including 19 on five carries from Zach Francis. Daniel Dotson added three carries for 16 yards and Dustin Dotson rushed three times for 15 yards.
Editor’s Note: The severe weather forced the cancelation of scrimmage games for Belfry, Mingo Central and Tug Valley. Belfry and Mingo were able to start, but not able to finish because of the lightning. All three of those schools open their regular season this Friday. See the Area Football Schedule for those games.