Colonels fall to Purples in playoffs

Bryan Edwards | Kentucky New Era

Christian County's L'Ray Coleman carries the ball during the Colonels' loss to Bowling Green on Friday night.

BOWLING GREEN -- Christian County head coach Steve Lovelace has been through a lot as a coach, but Friday marked something new.

After falling 37-6 to Bowling Green in the first round of the KHSAA Class 5A Playoffs, the Colonels officially finished their season 0-11, marking the first time a Christian County team finished a season without a win since 1971, according to WHOP.

Through all the frustration of the season, Lovelace said he figured some things out.

"I learned a lot," he said. "But you know, it's something I need to go through. There's things I need to change and there's things that we're going to change in our program and in our system. That's something we talked about in our huddle. Those type of things -- it starts for us in a week. We'll give them next week off and we'll start the week after."

It starts with the offense, a unit that once again struggled to find a rhythm on Friday night as the Colonels didn't score more than 15 points in a game all season.

After scoring six in the finale, Lovelace said it was the same old story with his offense.

"I thought we adjusted decent," Lovelace said. "After the first quarter, we had some opportunities to where we could put a drive together. Just the same things that shot us in the foot the whole year."

Bowling Green's offense scored two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters, while holding off the small offensive flurries the Colonels had in the first half. County had a chance to put points on the board on the final play of the half, but Donta Abren's pass to KT Pollard fell incomplete with no time left on the clock.

Needing just eight points to start the running clock, the Purples scored on their first drive of the second half and kicked a field goal later to take a 37-0 lead in the third.

The Colonels scored its only touchdown of the game thanks to a three-yard run from L'Ray Coleman in the fourth.

While the season did not go the way Lovelace and his team wanted it to, the head man said this season didn't define the outgoing class.

"I'm so proud of our senior class," he said. "Those guys could have quit. They didn't. They've busted their butts for me the whole time. Hats off to them because a lot of people abandoned them but they didn't (leave)."

One of the bright spots for the Colonels this year was the many players that will be returning next season.

Lovelace said he is happy to have the players coming back that he does for next season.

"The ones that want to be motivated are the ones that will be with us next year," he said. "I think we finished the year with 40 and the 40 I had, I loved them. The last three weeks -- (I liked) how they practiced, how they prepared and how they handled stuff."

BOWLING GREEN 37, CHRISTIAN COUNTY 6

CC 0 0 0 6 -- 6

BG 14 13 10 0 -- 37

SCORING

BG: Conner Cooper to Elvin FoFanah 3 pass (PAT good), 7-0, 7:39 1Q.

BG: JaVyan Collins 3 rush (PAT good), 14-0, 3:24 1Q.

BG: JaVyan Collins 1 rush (PAT no good), 20-0, 11:46 2Q.

BG: Max Payne to Zakery Brassell 22 pass (PAT good), 27-0, 3:42 2Q.

BG: Conner Cooper to Scotty Brown 1 pass (PAT good), 34-0, 9:53 3Q.

BG: Dalton Major 28-yard field goal good, 37-0, 6:15 3Q.

CC: L'Ray Coleman 3 rush (2-pt no good), 37-6, 8:34 4Q.

PASSING LEADERS

CC: Donta Abren: 19-28-302

BG: Conner Cooper: 17-23-153-2

RUSHING LEADERS

CC: L'Ray Coleman: 12-64-1

BG:Javeius Bunton: 7-67, JaVyan Collins: 7-19-2

RECEIVING LEADERS

CC: Cam Coleman: 7-139, TyQuez Douglas: 7-105

BG: Scotty Brown: 4-50-1, Zak Brassell: 3-43-1

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