Davis Motor Sales banner ad
Posted on 2/2/14


Webster ended the season with a 3-7 record, dropping the last four games on the schedule. Ballard Memorial finished with a 6-4 mark.

The Bombers, which outlasted WCHS 8-6 last year, feature one of the top quarterbacks in the state in Alex Mallory and he certainly didn't disappoint the Ballard faithful that made the trip. The senior signal-caller put on quite a show, passing for 270 yards on 17-of-27 attempts and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 54 yards on just four carries.

"It's very tough to go out like this, a very disappointing loss on our home field," WCHS head coach Matt Kettler stated. "But Ballard is a very good team and when you have a quarterback of that caliber, it makes them very difficult to defend. He pretty much did anything he wanted to do."

After a scoreless tie at the end of the first quarter, the Bombers opened the offensive flood gates, scoring 46 straight points.

Webster's best offensive possessions of the game came in the first quarter, taking the opening kick off and driving to the Ballard 36. But the Bombers stood strong on defense and took over on downs. Mallory completed 3-of-4 passes on the Bombers first possession and advanced the ball to the WCHS 19. But a fumble that was recovered by Laken Benson gave the ball back to the Trojans.

Webster again looked inspired on offense, thanks to a fine catch by senior receiver Derrick Douglas on a perfect 19-yard strike from Landon Harting. A roughing-the-passer penalty on the play pushed the ball into Ballard Memorial territory once again. Two powerful runs from Jamey Kennada along with another BMHS penalty had the Trojans clicking at the BM 37. Once again, the Bombers held on fourth down to regain possession at the WC 32.

Mallory and squad then went to work, moving 78 yards in seven plays for the touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, a one-yard run by Tyler Gough. The PAT was short but the Bombers held a 6-0 lead.

Webster went three-and-out on it's next possession and the Bombers added to their scoring as Mallory connected with Alex Hill on a 20-yard touchdown. That would be a combination that the Trojans would soon want to forget. The senior duo hooked-up for two more touchdowns and the lightning-quick Hill was definitely Mallory's favorite target. The 5-foot-4, 130-pound Hill finished with over 200 yards receiving.

"They're a very solid team and those two guys are some of the best we've seen all year," Kettler stated.

On the ensuing kickoff, Ballard's Tyler Gough recovered a high-hoping kick putting the ball right back into the hands of Mallory at the WC 32. Six plays later, Mallory pounded into the end zone from 1-yard out to give the Bombers a 19-0 lead and 6:13 left in the second quarter.

A Webster fumble opened the door for the Bomber's fourth TD, a 19-yard strike from Mallory to Hill with 3:13 to go in the half.

WCHS put together a very strong drive on the last possession of the half thanks to a 20-yard pass from Harting to Laken Benson, followed by a spectacular catch and run by Derrick Douglas that covered 49 yards to the BMHS 16.

Two plays later, Harting hit Kennada with a 9-yard reception at the BM 4-yard line and the clock clicking under a minute. Three plays later, the Trojans were still at the four, facing a fourth-and-four with :04 remaining in the clock. Harting intended pass to Benson in the end zone was batted down by Mallory.

Webster had 171 yards in the half but couldn't find the end zone while the Bombers amassed over 250 yards in the half. The Trojans finished the game with 235 total yards, 95 on the ground and 140 via the air. Kennada paced the attack with 75 yards rushing on 19 carries. Harting was 7-of-19 through the air, hitting on 7-of-19 passes.

Douglas had 68 yards receiving on six catches while Benson added 61 yards on four receptions. Ballard used a 40-yard kickoff return by Jake Wildharber to open the third quarter and move to the WC 26 in just two plays. But a Benson interception at the 5-yard line halted the scoring threat.

After the Bombers limited the Trojans to just three plays, they scored on three straight possessions to extend the lead to 46-0 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

Webster got on the scoreboard with 6:11 left in the game when Harting hooked-up with Benson for a 43-yard touchdown. Kennada powered his way into the end zone for the two-point conversion run to make it 46-8.

BMHS scored it's final TD on the next possession to set the final score. The Bombers completed the game with 439 total yards, 270 in the air and 169 on the ground.

"We have to shake this off, keep our heads up and get ready for next week," Kettler stated.

"It's certainly not how we wanted these seniors to  finish up in their final game on their home field, but they've helped turn this program around and I've sure earned a great deal of respect for them over the past two seasons."

Webster will travel to Edmonson County this Friday night for the opening round of the Class 3-A, Region 1 playoffs. The Wildcats enter the game with a 6-4 overall record and claimed the second seed in District 2 standings with a 3-1 mark, losing only to Russellville.

But a bright light for the Trojans could be Edmonson's play late in the season. They've lost three of their last four games, including a 41-14 thumping from Hancock County last Thursday night.

"They're a little bit beaten up and haven't played very well of late, just like us," Kettler stated. "We need a great week of practice and focus and we can go up there and get a playoff win."

The contest begins at 7:30 in Brownsville.

 

 

Posted by Karen Orange - iSurf News

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

January 28, 2015 17678

UPDATED: Several Involved in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 26, 2015 8416

KSP Arrests Two on Child Porn Charges; MPD…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
January 25, 2015 8042

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 28, 2015 6937

Nortonville Man Accused of Meth Possession,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 26, 2015 6044

School Board Votes 3-2 for Utility Tax

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 29, 2015 5902

Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of Child

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
January 25, 2015 5707

Juvenile Hit by Vehicle at McDonald's

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by GPD Officer Wes Miller
January 28, 2015 5591

Tax Recall Committee Formed Day After School…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

January 08, 2015 22995

Woman Claiming to be 'Lady Gaga' Tours Town in…

in Top News For All Sites by Madisonville Police Department
January 15, 2015 22626

UPDATE: Fatality Victim's Name Officially Released

in Top News For All Sites by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 30, 2015 4470

Woman Arrested for Allegedly Attacking Police…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
January 31, 2015 4207

24-Year-Old Killed in One-Vehicle Collision

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
January 30, 2015 4052

More Than 800 Gather to Encircle HCCHS

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
January 30, 2015 1313

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Jan. 30, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
January 29, 2015 1309

Lt. Gov. Luallen, Housing, Veterans Officials…

in General News For All Sites by Office of the Governor
January 30, 2015 1299

Hopkins County Sheriff's Arrest Reports - Jan.…

in Hopkins News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
January 30, 2015 1207

No One Left Behind: The Story of 'Sarge'

in General News For All Sites by Lisa Aug
January 30, 2015 1175

Central City Crave Movement Makes Impact in…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 30, 2015 1149

Whitfield Works for Protection of U.S. Waters…

in General News For All Sites by Marty Irby
January 30, 2015 1108

WKWIB, GRADD, Owensboro's RAE Get Workforce Grants

in General News For All Sites by Kim Brannock
January 30, 2015 981

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter SAR Honors Former…

in General News For All Sites by Geoff Baggett
January 30, 2015 961

Madisonville Fire Reports – Jan. 30, 2015

in Hopkins News by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News