The Engineers (4-6) hit the road Friday night as they travel down to Bell County (9-1). The Bobcats are ranked #6 in the final AP poll of the season and bring the highest scoring offense in class 3A into the match-up.
Estill County ended the season with a loss to Lexington Christian last week but as they head into the playoffs they are looking to use their rushing attack, ranked 8th best in the class, to keep the high-octane offense of Bell County on the sidelines. Led by Justin Stamper who has rushed for 783 yards, 27th leading rusher in 3A, they have rushed for 2700 yards and 29 touchdowns. Coben Clems leads the attack with 8 TDS and has accounted for 548 yards on the ground. Chris Rigdon (413 yds) and Chase Edmonson (310 yds) help fuel the ground game. The Engineers have only attempted 42 passes on the year. Defensively Travon Durham (4 sacks) and Travis Donahue (3 sacks) lead the way. The defense has 35 tackles for a loss as a unit and have forced 15 turnovers (7 fumbles & 8 INT).
Bell County enters the game on a 2 game winning streak after losing at Corbin in their only loss on the year. They are also a high power rushing team with 3386 yards (2nd best in the class). Like Estill County they don’t throw the ball much only attempting 52 passes. Of the 52 attempts 12 went for touchdowns and they are yet to throw a pick. Colby Frazier leads the rushing game with 1173 yards and 17 scores. London Stephney adds 805 yards and 10 TDS.
The key for an Estill County win Friday night will relay heavily on controlling the clock and getting 1st downs. The Bobcats can’t score if they can’t get on the field. Try and limit the big plays from Bell County, you know they will break some big runs and maybe some passes but you have to be able to limit the number of those plays. The Engineers will also need YOUR support! Get on down to Bell County if you can but if you can’t we will have the game live on WIRV 99.3 Fm with the pregame at 7:10 and kickoff at 7:30