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November 15, 2012
Bardstown High School

FOOTBALL: Tigers roll past Panthers 55-20 to improve to 4-0

Young accounts for five TDs

By Nathaniel Bryan

Apparently their performance against rival Nelson County was just a warm-up for the Bardstown Tigers’ trio of Keano Young, Deion Tonge and Donshais Calbert. Their encore performance Friday night on the road against the Elizabethtown Panthers was perhaps more impressive.

The threesome combined for 359 rushing yards and helped account for all of their team’s eight touchdowns as the unbeaten Tigers stormed past the battered and bruised Panthers, 55-20.

“We’ve been really pleased with our effectiveness running the ball,” Bardstown coach David Clark said. “I thought our offensive line did a great job.”

Young, a sophomore quarterback, carried the ball nine times for a game-high 184 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 78 yards and a fifth score.

Tonge, a junior running back, added 161 rushing yards on 12 carries. His final rush went for a 75-yard touchdown that forced the running clock rule into effect with 10:52 left in the game. Calbert, a senior fullback who was considered questionable to play because a sore back limited his participation in practice, ran for a pair of 7-yard touchdowns.

Bardstown (4-0) earned its seventh consecutive regular-season win. The Panthers (1-4) have lost four straight and 16-of-17. Elizabethtown dropped last year’s meeting with the Tigers in Bardstown, 67-20.

The Tigers ran 47 plays for 442 yards. The flag-prone Tigers had one more yard in penalties (112) than the Panthers had offensively in 30 plays (111).

Senior Josh Williams carried the ball 14 times for 94 yards and all three of Elizabethtown’s touchdowns. His 33-yard run pulled the Panthers even at 7-7 with 6:50 remaining in the first quarter, but Bardstown scored the next 48 points before Elizabethtown would score again.

Clark, whose program is unbeaten entering Week 6 for the second straight year, evened his career record with the Tigers to 32-32 heading into Friday’s Class 2A District 4 opener at home against Shawnee (0-3).

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