Knights air it out against LaRue

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By Jesse Osbourne


Marion County flashed a new look against LaRue County Friday at John J. Boswell Field in Lebanon.

Ryan Peterson threw for a career high 201 yards on nine of 15 passing and two touchdowns in the game of his life.

Meanwhile, the Hawks went a third consecutive game without a rushing touchdown and turned the ball over three times in Marion County's 55-6 win.

"First thing, let me say that last year in spring ball I think we overthrew him," Head Coach Jeff Robbins said. "His shoulder hurt all summer and at the beginning of the season. It's finally healed up a little bit. We have made a more concerted effort in practice to work on the passing game, working on timing and catching ball. That is his biggest passing game as a player for us, by far. He's coming around, not only as an option quarterback but as a passing quarterback as well."

The Hawks held Marion County to a field goal on the first drive of the game but couldn't answer. Peterson would connect with junior Carlos Litsey on the next Marion County possession for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 2:22 to go in the first quarter to put the Knights up 10-0.

Then, the trouble really began for the Hawks.

Marion County kicker John Southall placed a perfect pooch kick on the LaRue County 24-yard line that was recovered by the Knights Ben Mattingly. It would be the first of three turnovers created by Southall.

Two plays later, Buster Hazelwood breezed into the end zone on an 18-yard run to put the Knights up 17-0.

On the kick-off, Southall put another hard to handle ball in play and the Knights recovered again on the LaRue County 18-yard line. This time, it would lead to a 30-yard field goal to put the Knights up 20-0.

"When you look at the game, special teams was huge for us," Robbins said. "Southall had two field goals over 30 yards out. Christian Carmona went seven for seven on extra points. John (Southall) is deadly in that wherever (special teams coach Mathew Mattingly) wants him to put it, he puts it there. That was huge. We scored points off of all three turnovers."

The Knights would sustain a seven play, 84-yard drive to go up 27-0 before the half.

The Hawks came out of the locker room inspired, scoring quickly on the Knights to open the third quarter.

Hawks quarterback Robert Gatton hit sophomore Kevin Carter for a 43-yard strike to put LaRue on the board with 10:04 to play in the third. Senior Bo Haun's extra point didn't have a fair chance after a fumbled snap as the Knights led 27-6.

Three minutes later, the Knights would finish a seven play, 53-yard drive with a goal line touchdown by senior Clayton Smith for a commanding 34-6 lead.

Southall would do it again for the Knights, putting a kick off out of reach for the Hawks and giving the Knights offense another chance to score from the LaRue 22-yard line.

The turnover led to a touchdown pass from Peterson to Litsey from nine yards out to make it 41-6 with 5:40 to play in the third.

Robbins was pleased with the game Carlos Litsey had as well.

"Carlos Litsey made three catches for three touchdowns," he said. "That's big output and a big performance. We've had success over the years in this district throwing the ball. When we're able to do that, it makes us that much better."

The Knights would score again on a six-yard run by Buster Hazelwood with 31 seconds to go in the third to make it 48-6.

Finally, the Knights would enact a running clock an 87-yard strike from Peterson to Litsey with 7:39 to go in the game. The Knights went up 55-6.

The Knights travel to North Bullitt Thursday for their final district game. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.