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The Spencer County Bears went on the road Friday night and did more than just even their record at 1-1 with a 17-7 victory over East Jessamine. The Bears did it in a dominating fashion that left second-year head coach Mike Marksbury excited about how good his team can be.
“It was the best defensive performance that we have had since I’ve been here,” said Marksbury of the effort that limited the Jaguars to just 53 total yards and two first downs for the entire night.
“It was a dominating performance that gets me excited. You can win a lot of games playing defense like that. Our defensive line dominated their offensive line and everyone carried out their assignments. It was really an impressive performance.”
It’s not often a coach offers up such a glowing review in the second game of the season, but the Bears defense allowed only 12 yards rushing and 41 yards through the air, and those are numbers that warrant a little back slapping.
The offense also showed enough spark to get the win, and a little more variety than in the opening loss to Bardstown that saw Spencer County attempt only four passes on the night.
On Friday, the Bears’ first score came through the air when senior quarterback Trent Holbrook hooked up with Chase McIntosh for a 48-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. On the night, Holbrook was 4-6 for 67 yards.
The Bears got in the end zone again late in the first half when Holbrook scrambled and found his way 40 yards to the goal-line for Spencer County’s second touchdown. For the night, the Bears rushed for an impressive 245 yards.
Marksbury liked the effort and the outcome, but offensively said his team still is making too many mistakes. “We did some really good things, but we have to quit shooting ourselves in the foot with turnovers and untimely penalties,” he said.
Marksbury was also pleased with the special teams. While there were some issues in the opening game the week before, Friday night saw Tyler Fleig connect on both his PATs and sealed the victory with a 27-yard field goal late in the third quarter.
The game could serve as a fresh start after that week one loss.
“It was nice to get the first win of the season and it is nice that we could get the taste out of our mouth after the Bardstown game,” said the coach. “It was great to see the kids get to enjoy the bus ride home. All wins are great but when you can go on the road and dominate an opponent it makes for great bus rides home.”
The Bears will look to build a winning streak on Friday night when they travel to Larue County to square off with the 1-1 Hawks. The game starts at 7:30.
They’ll also be nursing some injuries. Cody Chesser, a standout on both sides of the ball who suffered an ankle injury that was to be examined on Monday, could be out of action. He was filling in for Wil Eldridge, who was hurt in the Bardstown game and will be out for several weeks.