ST. LEON - East Central football's hopes for a turnaround season looked good for one half Friday night against first-time Kentucky Class 6A foe Campbell County.
Trojans, 4-7 a year ago, proved that one of its main 2013 weaknesses won't be a quick fix. Frequently whipped up front, especially in the defensive line, East Central saw a 14-13 halftime lead evaporate in a final 24 minutes that was all Camels, 31-14.
EC defense had few answers for the two-pronged read option running attack of Campbell County junior QB Carson Plessinger (142 yards, two TDs) and runningback Josh Carroll (79 yards, TD). Its own run game was somewhat effective early on a hot, extremely humid night at Trojan Field. After halftime, EC was unable to run effectively.
And, again, Trojan turnovers and penalties cropped up to bite, giving the Camels possession deep in EC territory three times, all of which resulted in CC scores.
“I felt like we competed and played physical,” said EC coach Justin Roden. “Their offensive line really wore us down in the second half. We made too many mistakes and at times tackled poorly. We need to clean that up as we look to improve this week. It was our first four-quarter football game, and that showed.”