The Independent: Lions Struggle to get Offense Going

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    The Independent: Lions Struggle to get Offense Going

    Lions struggle to get offense going

    By RAY SCHAEFER For The Independent

    CANNONSBURG Mason County football coach David Buchanan said his team played better Friday, but not as well as it could’ve.

    Turned out the Royals played well enough against Boyd County. Senior running back Rico Hill’s 158 rushing yards and two touchdowns and senior quarterback Bradley Boone’s 139 passing were plenty in a 25-7 win.

    Boyd County coach John Gilliam said the Lions were struggling offensively.

    “We just could not put it together,” Gilliam said. “Too many busts, and in the middle of the drive we’re making penalties that set us back … We’ve got to do better offensively, score some points, and we kind of left them out there.”

    Mason County won its 17th straight regular-season game. The Royals squeaked past Newport, 32-28, on Aug. 23 in Maysville.

    “Here’s what I’m saying: We’re better this week than we were last week, but we didn’t play well,” Buchanan said. “We didn’t finish some drives, we had some big mistakes. But give Boyd County credit; they were gutty kids, they played hard, and they wouldn’t go away.”

    Buchanan could’ve been talking about Boyd County senior quarterback Cade Isaacs — he threw for 173 yards and ran for another 81 — or sophomore running back Christian Braly and his 90 rushing yards.

    For most of Boyd County’s first possession, Braly was the Lions’ offense, with two carries and 10 yards.

    Mason County (2-0) didn’t need much time to score its first touchdown. There was lots of diversity, too — Hill’s three carries for 10 yards, Boone’s 11 passing yards and sophomore Andrew Kouns’ two carries for 32 yards, including his 29-yard touchdown run a little less than six minutes into the game.