Jacob Kerr is held by two Trojan players on punt coverage. Seconds later he broke through to tackle the return man.

Jacob Kerr is held by two Trojan players on punt coverage. Seconds later he broke through to tackle the return man.

By Corey Turpin

Sports Correspondent

The Cougars headed south last Friday night to take on the then 2-6 Barren County Trojans. The Cougars, coming off an impressive showing against Greenwood that improved their regular season record to 5-3, had high hopes and planned to ruin senior night for the hometown team. Oh, and ruin it they did.

The Trojans started off with the ball and after a couple of successful first down runs the team quickly found themselves in a 3rd and 14 situation. Lucky for them, they were already on the Cougars 18-yard line and well within the red zone. After an 8-yard gain the team elected to bring in their kicker for a 31-yard field goal try. Right down the middle. The Trojans jumped out ahead early on and with 8:41 left on the clock in the opening quarter, the Cougar offense now had their shot.

It didn't take long to get things going for Grayson County. With the Trojans anticipating a run heavy attack all night, the defense was set squarely up to stop an early ground assault. In a rare occurrence, Cougar QB Noah Bullock dropped back and sent a pass out to RB Derrick Ruth, which was good for 22 yards. The very next play, it was another pass from Bullock, but this time it was a short shovel pass to RB Q'Daryius McHenry. Utilizing his blockers McHenry found the outside hole and darted out for a 58-yard touchdown. Not even a minute had run off the clock since the Trojans went up with the converted field goal. At 7:57 the score was 7-3; Cougars.

After wrapping up the rest of quarter number one, the second quarter saw the Trojans in hot water. Logan Raymer had pinned the Trojans within their own 5-yard line on an impressive punt and unforgiving bounce. Unable to advance the ball up the field, Barren County was forced to punt on their own 25-yard line. The punt netted a whopping 9-yards, giving the Cougars a very short field. Gashing the defense, the Cougars found themselves on the 2-yard line in the blink of an eye. Ruth punched one in from short and after a missed P.A.T. the Cougars took a comfortable 13-3 lead. The score would remain unchanged through the half.

The third quarter saw some big hits, but zero scoring. The Trojans starting QB had to leave the game after landing awkwardly on his shoulder at the 6:09 mark. The Cougars also landed what appeared to be a very clean, but body crumbling block on a Trojan special teams' player. A decent punt return was called back as the block was deemed to be a "blind side block" and therefore illegal. With the score stagnant through the 3rd quarter, both teams entered the 4th quarter with the game still well within grasp for both sides.

In the fourth, Barren County found themselves right in the game with a 1st and goal opportunity. However, the Cougar defense was able to hold off the Trojan assault, forcing them back each play. Facing another 30+ yard field goal, the Trojans tried to put up some easy points. A field goal here would have made it a one score game. Unfortunately for Barren County, the kick was wide and no good. The Cougars took over on downs and immediately started marching up the field. Ruth made the Trojan defense pay with a 29-yard run up the gut and McHenry finished the 1-2 punch with a 29-yard run himself, this time for a Cougar touchdown. With another missed P.A.T. the Cougars were now up 19-3 at about the 5:30 mark. This all but sealed the deal.

Giving it one last go, the Trojans broke away for a huge rush right along the sidelines, getting them to the Cougar 35-yard line. On a pivotal play, DB Andrew Haycraft picked off a 3rd and 5 pass, all but shutting the door on the Trojans. With time winding down, the Cougar offense had no intentions on slowing down. They moved swiftly up the field and with 1:45 left in the game, it was again McHenry punching it in from the Cougar 16-yard line for another rushing touchdown. The game would soon end, with a final score of 25-3.

Q'Daryius McHenry rushed 14 times for 162 yards and three TOT on the night.

Derrick Ruth rushed 12 times for 67 yards and a TD.

Noah Bullock was 5-10 on passes for 107 yards and a TD. Bullock rushed 6 times for 52 yards.

Stat of the Day: All 5 Cougar receptions were caught by running backs.

Grayson County returns home to wrap up the regular season against the Muhlenberg County Mustangs (3-6). The game will be held on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

The Cougars will then go up against the Graves County Eagles (4-5) in the Class 5A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.