Even without their starting quarterback Tobias Storm, who was sidelined with an injury, the Eagles still managed to take a crack at the undefeated Rebels in Berea on Friday.
The Eagles managed to hold the offensive-heavy Boyle County team to it’s third-lowest scoring game of the regular season.
Still, the Boyle County wrapped up the regular season with unblemished record as the rolled to a 42-7 win over the Eagles.
The Eagles end the regular season 5-5, while the Rebels remained perfect 10-0.
It was the first time since Southern’s home-opening loss to Tates Creek that the Eagles only scored one touchdown.
“I thought we played really hard tonight,” Southern coach Jon Clark said after the game. “I think we played them as well as anybody else on defense… The difference between them and us is we can’t afford to make the little mistakes we did tonight. We shot ourselves in the foot a lot.”
Turnovers proved costly for the short-handed Eagles.
Freshman Cole Carpenter and sophomore Walt Smith split time under center for Southern on Friday.
“It affected our offense, sure,” Clark admitted. “I was really proud of how (Carpenter and Smith) handled themselves out there. It was a lot of pressure on them to put them out there tonight. I think they did well though.”
Boyle County got on the board early in the first minutes of the game to go up 7-0 over the Eagles.
Then Southern fumbled the ball away on its next possession to give the Rebels another chance to score.
Boyle County needed just two plays to make it 14-0 after Will McDaniel rushed for 10 yards.
The Eagles turned it over on downs, but were able to hold off another Boyle County attack — forcing the Rebels into trying to kick a field goal.
However, the Eagles were hit with a roughing the kicker penalty and the Rebels responded with 5-yard touchdown run and got a two-point conversion to take 22-0 lead with a minute left in the first quarter.
Cameron Yates opened up the second quarter with an 11-yard touchdown catch to expand the Rebels lead to 29-0.
However, AJ Jones found an opening on the Eagles' next drive and rushed for 32 yards for a huge first down.
Another Jones run on the next play put Southern in the red zone.
The Rebels defense was able to pick off Carpenter’s pass to Smith on the next play.
To add insult to injury, Boyle County then scored after taking possession to start the mercy-rule running clock, 36-0.
However, the Eagles regrouped on their next drive and managed to make it out of the first half with a touchdown.
Carpenter launched a pass to Smith, who was able to launch himself over the goal line for a 15-yard touchdown catch to make it 36-7 at halftime.
Both teams battled in the third quarter, but neither team scored.
Boyle County got two field goals in the fourth quarter to roll to the 42-7 victory.
“That’s as good of a team as you will play in Kentucky this year,” Clark said of the Rebels. “They are outstanding and are going to do amazing things in the playoffs.
Southern will take on Woodford County in the first round of Class 5A Playoffs next in Berea on Friday.