FLEMINGSBURG - There might be a new dictionary definition for nightmare.
At least in Fleming County's tome – Tyreese Allen.
When Paintsville's 6-foot-3, 295-pound senior running running back wasn't gashing the Panthers for 74 yards and three touchdowns in the Friday's 38-6 win, he made Fleming County quarterback Josh Crump's night a short one when he hurried a pass and pancaked Crump, who left the game late in the first quarter as a result.
Was Allen the only contributor? Well … no.
The defense held Fleming County to just 73 yards, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass. Allen had three hurries, Silas Stambaugh caught four Jake Hyden passes for 89 yards (Hyden threw for 200), and Kanyon Castle caught two balls for another 77.
Before Crump exited, he provided Fleming County's (8-2) biggest highlight. He found senior Brad Glascock, who spun away from a would-be tackler and sojourned 44 yards for a score.
Fleming County's defense silenced the Tigers on the ensuing possession. Hyden hit Stambaugh for a 65-yard pass – which eventually meant nothing because the Panthers' Josh Hamm recovered a fumble at the Paintsville 1.
After Crump went out, Allen said the game plan changed.
“Originally, we were trying to spread out the field, work in a little pass, work in a little run, trying to get a good rotation with our running backs goin',” Allen said.
Paintsville coach Joe Chirico concurred.
“My coaches do a great job of making adjustments, and that's all that was, was in-game adjustments,” Chirico said.
The game clock malfunctioned after Zach Thompson's 13-yard late in the fourth quarter. Paintsville (9-1) gained 393 total yards.
Fleming County hosts Garrard County in the Class 3A playoffs next week, and Nicholas County visits Paintsville in Class A.