Chris Mitchell is tackled by Middlesboro's Hunter Adams.

The Yellow Jacket appeared to be a little scarier costume than the Cardinal as South Laurel suffered a 49-29 defeat to Middlesboro on Halloween night.

The Yellow Jackets swarmed the Cardinals on both sides of the ball during the first half to build a 27-7 advantage, but early in the third quarter they stung the Cardinals with two touchdowns on four plays for the 42-7 lead.

“They just tackled better, blocked better and ran the ball better than us,” South Laurel coach Jason Chappell said. “We knew they were athletic coming in. They are well coached and they have a great team, the kind of team you inspire to be.”

The Cardinals never gave up and their offense started clicking late as they outscored the Jackets 22-7 the rest of the way.

“I see glimpses of what we want to accomplish,” Chappell said. “But we have not played an entire game all season. We have another step to take. It’s disappointing to lose by 20 points.”

With 11:46 remaining in the game Bowling hooked up with Kody Baker for a 34 yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion pass was caught by Jake Cobb as the Cardinals trailed 42-15.

The defense came up with a big stop inside their own one yard line with 4:17 remaining to play. The Cardinals found some much need breathing room as Bowling hit Baker for a 23 yard pass. Four plays later the Cardinals had completed the 100 yard scoring drive on a 22 yard scramble by Bowling. The lead was cut to 42-21.

After a 42 yard touchdown run by Cody Foister, the Jackets pushed the lead back out to 49-21 with 1:18 remaining.

Bowling was not done as he completed his third touchdown pass of the night on an 18 yard strike to Chris Mitchell. Blake Fields hauled in the two-point conversion pass for the final score of 49-29.

It was all Adams and family on trick or treat night as Hunter Adams led the Yellow Jackets with six touchdowns, four on the ground, one in the air and one interception.

The Jackets scored first on a 64 yard touchdown carry by Adams for the 7-0 advantage, but the Cardinals answered back with a 58 yard scoring drive capped off with a 25 yard touchdown pass from Bowling to Mitchell to even the score at 7-7 with 5:18 remaining in the first quarter.

The Jackets pulled ahead 14-7 on an eight yard touchdown run by Adams. The Jackets continued to go to Adams as he hauled in a 50 yard touchdown pass for the 21-7 advantage with 9:51 remaining in the second quarter.

“All you can do is put this one behind you,” Chappell said. “This is a hard working group of seniors and you want to see them shine on Senior Night. They are a tremendous group. We only have 11 seniors, but I wish we had 22 of them. We just have to take this game as a learning tool and try to improve all we can.”

Bowling finished the game with three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown. He is five touchdown passes away from tying the state record held by Tim Couch.

South Laurel will wrap-up the regular season Friday night at East Jessamine, then prepare for their play-off game with Whitley County on Nov. 14.

Middlesboro 49, South Laurel 29

Middlesboro 14 13 15 7-49

South Laurel 7 0 0 0 22-29

M—Adams, 64 yard run, (Knuckles kick); SL—Bowling, 25 yard pass to Mitchell, (Lewis kick); M—Adams, 8 yard run, (Knuckles kick); M—Roark, 50 yard pass to Adams, (Knuckles kick); M—Adams, 18 yard run, (kicked failed); M—Adams, 65 yard run, (Foister run); M—Adams, 35 yard interception, (Knuckles kick); SL—Bowling, 34 yard pass to Baker, (Bowling to Cobb); SL— Bowling, 22 yard run, (pass failed); M—Foister, 42 yard run, (Knuckles kick); SL—Bowling, 18 yard pass to Mitchell, (Bowling to Fields).

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