By Steve LeMaster
LYNN CAMP - McCreary Central ended the 2017 season with a non-district loss on the road at Lynn Camp. Host Lynn Camp used a stellar rushing attack to pull away to defeat the Raiders 64-16 in a late-season high school football game on Friday night.
McCreary Central missed out on advancing to the Class 3A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.
The Raiders' latest campaign included back-to-back wins over Fort Knox and Paul Laurence Dunbar. McCreary Central dropped additional games to Perry County Central, South Laurel, Bell County, Corbin, Casey County and Jackson County.
With the loss, McCreary concluded its campaign 2-7.
Lynn Camp improved to 7-3 and is set to compete in the Class 1A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. The Wildcats will host Phelps in the opening round of the Class 1A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl on Friday, Nov. 3.
Productive Lynn Camp amassed 510 yards of total offense. The Wildcats thrived on the ground, rushing for 466 yards.
Brenton Medlin led Lynn Camp on the ground, rushing eight times for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
Dalton Cook rushed 10 times for 146 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats won convincingly.
Along with Medlin and Cook reaching the endzone, Domanick Cook, David Griffith and Gage Roberts added one rushing touchdown apiece for the Wildcats. Domanick Cook's only rushing attempt went for a 70-yard touchdown.
Lynn Camp quarterback Eric Mitchell was perfect through the air, completing both of his pass attempts for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Mitchell led Lynn Camp defensively, recording a team-high six tackles.
Dominant Lynn Camp led 46-16 at halftime.
McCreary Central was held to less than 100 yards of total offense. Despite suffering the lopsided loss, McCreary Central started strong, reaching the endzone on its first kickoff return and converting a two-point conversion. But the Raiders struggled to keep up with Lynn Camp.
McCreary Central will go back to work in the offseason after its first campaign back in a district.