Christian County had its chances but fell just short.
The Colonels made a push late after going down 20-7, but couldn't complete the comeback as they fell 20-14 to the Greenwood Gators on Friday night at the Stadium of Champions.
County head coach Steve Lovelace said there were moments in the game where his team could have taken control, but a few things didn't fall in their favor.
"We gave up a big run in the first half, then we came back and played really good then we give up a special teams touchdown," Lovelace said. "We punted the ball for two yards, seven yards and I think 10 yards and we still held. We come back late with the clock running out on us and we score. We did a good job of pooch kicking it and trying to get it that way. We had two timeouts left and we were trying to get the ball back and they got a first down."
Greenwood brought a unique offensive attack that featured jet sweeps and misdirection to Hopkinsville, and Lovelace said he thought his kids prepared for it coming in.
"I thought our kids adjusted pretty good," he said. "It takes a series or two because we can't do it in practice, but I thought out kids adjusted pretty good."
County came out with back-to-back three and outs to start giving its offense a chance to work.
After two blank drives from the Colonels, Greenwood's Reed Slone made them pay on special teams.
Slone returned a punt 46 yards to the house to open the scoring late in the first quarter.
Christian County answered with a touchdown run from Donta Abren, but Slone wasn't done making his impact.
After converting on fourth and short, the Gators handed the ball to Slone on an end-around rush and he took it 55 yards all the way to the end zone. After a missed two-point try, the Gators led 13-7 going into the half.
Another fourth down play fell in favor of Greenwood late in the third, as Gators' quarterback John Morrison completed his first pass of the game on a fourth and five to Yuji Ogawa that put Greenwood at the two-yard line. David Odom would punch it in to make it 20-7 on the following play.
County wasn't done trying to make the comeback.
Late in the fourth, Abren connected with Cameron Coleman for a 32-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to six.
However, the Gators recovered the short kick and grabbed two first downs to seal the victory.
County showed flashes of what the offensive attack could be, but have yet to find consistency in the offense.
Lovelace said Greenwood attacked the young Colonel offense, which led to some struggles.
"We're young upfront and people are going to blitz us," Lovelace said. "They were doing some different schemes at us. We're just going to keep working at it -- that's all we can do.
"They rushed inside and they rushed outside. We finally got some stuff going. We knew it was going to be open, (we had to) just get it off."
With the bye week coming next week. Lovelace said he just wants his team to enjoy the time off.
"We watch film on Monday, the JV game is on Monday, then they'll have the rest of the week off -- go be a kid," he said. "It's a hard time right now. I'll keep working next week. But I want them to just be a kid. Regroup, come back fresh and let's go with it … For us, it's try and get back healthy and we'll let the kids go be kids."
County will be back in action on Oct. 18 against Bowling Green.
GREENWOOD 20, CHRISTIAN COUNTY 14
GRN 7 6 7 0 20
CC 0 7 0 7 14
GRN: Reed Slone 46 punt return (PAT good), 7-0, 1:09 1Q
CC: Donta Abren 1 rush (PAT good), 7-7, 8:58 2Q
GRN: Reed Slone 55 rush (2pt no good), 13-7, 6:32 2Q
GRN: David Odom 2 rush (PAT good), 20-7, 0:35 3Q
CC: Donta Abren to Cameron Coleman 32 pass (PAT good) 20-14, 2:42 4Q
CC: Donta Abren: 10-16-134-1
GRN: John Morrison: 2-4-31
CC: L'Ray Coleman: 10-41, Isaiah Forrest: 5-19
GRN: David Odom: 16-89-1, Reed Slone: 10-49-1
CC: Cameron Coleman: 5-85-1, KT Pollard: 1-28
GRN: Yuji Ogawa: 1-32