By Steve LeMaster
STEARNS – Another tough test awaits McCreary Central on the gridiron. McCreary Central is preparing to host undefeated Casey County in a Class 3A, District 8 football game on Friday, Oct. 6.
Casey County is enjoying one of its best seasons ever. The Rebels, under the direction of head coach Steve Stonebraker, ended the 2016 season 10-2 following a loss to district counterpart Corbin in the second round of the
Class 3A State Playoffs.
Currently, Casey County is 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the district. The Rebels have claimed wins over Barren County, Campbellsville, Russell County, Jeffersontown, Jackson County and Bell County, outscoring opponents 274-86 thus far in the 2017 season.
Offensively, Casey County has already amassed over 2,800 yards in the 2017 season.
Quarterback Austin Campbell paces Casey County offensively. Campbell has completed 901 of 143 passes for 1,392 yards and 11 touchdowns while throwing six interceptions.
Britt Pendleton leads Casey County in receiving. Pendleton has hauled in 44 receptions for 662 yards and four touchdowns.
Preston Tucker leads the Rebels on the ground, Tucker has rushed 95 times for 781 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Defensively, AJ Glenn leads Casey County with a team-high 79 tackles.
Casey County has additional regular-season games remaining versus Betsy Layne, Corbin and Adair County.
Lucas Ford-coached McCreary Central is 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the district. Class 3A state title contender Corbin shut out the Raiders 63-0 in a District 8 game on Friday, Sept. 29.
The McCreary Central and Casey County football teams did not meet during the 2016 season.