Playing in a rare Thursday night contest in Bowling Green, the Grayson County football team found out what playing a top-five team was like as the Bowling Green Purples ran and passed their way to a 56-13 thrashing of the Cougars.
The Purples were super-efficient on the night when they had the ball, scoring on drives that lasted 21 seconds, 1:01, 1:10, 14 seconds and 1:05. As a team they rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown and threw for 210 yards and five TDs. Junior Deangelo Wilson rushed twice for 76 yards and one score and caught four passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
After the Cougars were forced to punt on their first possession, the Purples took over at the Cougar 45-yard line. It took them just 21 seconds and three plays to score the first touchdown of the game. Junior quarterback Clark Payne hit Jamale Caruthers with an 18-yard pass for the score. Lee Ramsey added the extra point and the Purples led 7-0 at the 7:40 mark of the first period.
The Cougars followed with a bizarre possession in which five penalties were called, three on the Purples and two on the Cougars. Grayson County took the ball near mid-field, but the drive stalled and they had to punt the ball away.
Bowling Green started its second possession at their own 28 and quickly moved for another score. Three plays took 1:01 off the clock, with Wilson gathering in a pass from Payne and scooting 65 yards for the touchdown to make it 14-0 with 1:15 left in the period.
As the second quarter began, the Cougars were in punt formation at their own 23-yard line. Dustin Woosley’s punt was taken by the Purples’ Trey Fant at the Cougar 49. Heading to the far sideline, Fant found a wall of Purple blockers and took it all the way for a touchdown. Ramsey’s kick made it 21-0 just 13 seconds into the second period.
Following another Cougar punt, the Purples moved 40 yards for another TD, with Wilson scoring on a 14-yard screen pass from Payne at the 9:05 mark to make it 28-0.
Grayson County took over at their own 21 on their next possession, but on second down, quarterback Tristan Willis had a pass intercepted by Fant at the 29-yard line. The senior defensive back returned it for another Bowling Green touchdown to make it 35-0 with 8:11 left in the first half.
When the Purples moved 51 yards in two plays, with Fant scoring again on a 24-yard pass from freshman quarterback Beau Buchanon to make it 42-0 at the 4:18 mark, the clock began running continuously by the mercy rule.
That still left enough time for the Purples to add one more score in the first half. They took over at their own 28 with 3:55 left and took just 1:05 and two plays to reach the end zone. Wilson carried 49 yards for the touchdownm, and the Purples led 49-0 as the first half ended.
The Purples trotted out their JV squad to start the second half, but the results were pretty much the same on their first possession as Buchanon moved them 62 yards in four plays. Sophomore Nash Hightower took a Buchanon pass over the middle and raced 50 yards for the touchdown that made it 56-0 at the 9:21 mark.
As the fourth quarter began, Grayson County took over on downs at their own 39-yard line and moved in for their first score of the night. Jordan Stallings picked up 24 yards on first down, giving the Cougars a first down at the Purples’ 37. Two runs moved it to a third-and-inches play at the 27 before Willis skirted the right side for the score. Hunter Payton added the extra point to make it 56-7 with 8:42 left in the game.
Grayson County recovered a Bowling Green fumble at the Cougar 29-yard line with 5:04 remaining. Stallings got loose on first down and nearly scored as he rambled 70 yards, down to the one. Freshman Montgomery Smith carried the final yard to make it 56-13 with 3:10 left to play.
Grayson County (2-5) will have a bye next week and will return to action October 16 at Greenwood High School. The Gators, under first-year coach Chris Seabolt, a former Grayson County assistant, came into Friday’s game against Barren County with a 5-1 record.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.