The Daviess County offense had another strong outing, but the defense wasn’t able to contain Henderson County in a 54-41 road loss.
The Panthers (4-4, 1-2 District 1) made a late push after falling into a 20-point deficit midway through the third quarter. The Colonels’ running back Isaiah Easley put up record numbers for his school, and his late touchdown and ensuing interception sealed the fate for Daviess County.
After Easley scored the first of his seven touchdowns — the extra point was no good — the Panthers took a brief lead when Shane Riley scored on a 2-yard run.
Easley ran one in from 55 yards out less than a minute later, and the Colonels added another touchdown with 15 seconds to play in the opening quarter.
Panthers’ quarterback Joey Cambron then connected with Blake Baker for a 26-yard score on the last play of the first.
Easley added to more touchdowns to start the second quarter. Cambron found Baker again, this time for a 40-yard score with a minute to go before halftime.
It was Easley that started the scoring in the third quarter, but the Panthers had a quick response with a 35-yard touchdown reception by Marquel Tinsley.
Another Easley score gave the Colonels a 48-28 lead early in the fourth before Daviess County made a run. JQ Fletcher caught touchdown passes of 20 yards and 5 yards to cut the deficit to 48-41 with 5:17 to play.
Easley scored once more with under two minutes to go, and he got an interception in the end zone on the following drive to allow the Colonels to run out the clock.
Daviess County returns home to host winless Ohio County for their final district game Friday.