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PREP FOOTBALL: Elizabethtown blasts Moore, 52-7 (10/11)

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By Greg Crews

 

By GREG CREWS gcrews@thenewsenterprise.com ELIZABETHTOWN — Micheal Thomas surpassed 2,000 yards passing for the season, Chris Gohman reached 1,000 yards receiving and the Elizabethtown Panthers cruised past visiting Class 3-A, District 3 rival Louisville Moore, 52-7 on Friday night. Gohman put together the 11th-best receiving game (yards-wise) in state history as he had nine catches for 269 yards. Thomas finished with 358 yards and four touchdowns on 18-of-23 passing, while also rushing for 4 yards and a score. The two seniors eclipsed their notable marks simultaneously on a 73-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter — their third touchdown connection of the night. Elizabethtown (5-2, 1-1 district) sprung out to a 21-0 lead within the game’s first 6 minutes as junior running back Cameron Cochran punched in a 1-yard touchdown, junior defensive back Titus Sublett made a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown and Thomas found Gohman on a 20-yard strike. The Panthers extended their lead to 28-0 in the first quarter on a 13-yard strike from Thomas to senior wide receiver Trevor Deneen before Moore (0-6, 0-2) put together a 6½ minute, 12-play, 60-yard scoring drive in the second quarter. Elizabethtown responded 85 seconds later with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to Gohman. The extra point sailed wide, and the Panthers headed into the half with a 34-7 lead. After gaining 157 yards of offense in the first half, Moore was held to just 35 in second half, while the Panthers racked up 210 yards as they stretched their lead to 45 points. Elizabethtown outgained the Mustangs, 439-192 yards for the game. Gohman’s 73-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, followed by a successful 2-point conversion pass from Thomas to Sublett, gave Elizabethtown a 42-7 lead. On the Panthers’ following drive, Thomas barreled into the end zone on a 6-yard run for a 49-7 lead, before freshman quarterback Kyle Todd relieved Thomas of his duties. Todd, who threw for 66 yards on 4-for-5 passing, led Elizabethtown on a 60-yard drive, capped by a 24-yard field goal from junior kicker Josh Plant. The kick gave Elizabethtown a 45-point lead, initiating a running clock for the final 5:39. UP NEXT: Elizabethtown plays at area rival LaRue County (3-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Greg Crews can be reached at 505-1754