In a game to decide the third and fourth seeds for post-season play, the visiting Barren County Trojans blasted Grayson County 41-6 in the Cougars’ final home game of the year.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 2-7 on the season and will have to play a number-one seed in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Cougars were unable to stop the ground game of the Trojans, who rushed for 345 yards. Senior running back Zach Sneed ran for 204 yards and a pair of scores on the night. Senior quarterback Andrew Hughes was 6-of-8 passing for 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both of which went to senior receiver Nick Mabe. Mabe caught four passes for 141 yards.
Grayson County had trouble all night moving the ball, and when they were able to move it, turnovers killed them. The Cougars lost four fumbles and had one pass picked off.
After Grayson County went three-and-out on its first possession, the Trojans moved 45 yards in four plays to score the first touchdown of the game. Senior Ellis Wininger carried in from 12 yards out and Gunnar Eaton added the extra point to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead with 8:46 left in the opening period.
On their next possession, the Cougars lost their first fumble of the night, giving the Trojans good field position at the Grayson County 47. A personal foul on the first play from scrimmage moved the Trojans back to their own 29, but on the next play Hughes hit Mabe with a pass that went the distance Eaton added the extra point and Barren County held a 14-0 lead with 6:17 left in the first quarter.
Taking over at their own 20 following a touchback, the Cougars gained 40 yards on a pass from quarterback Tristan Willis to receiver Nathaniel Shartzer for another first-down. But the drive stalled and the Trojans took over on downs at their own 34-yard line.
From there, the Trojans put together their longest drive of the game, marching 66 yards in seven plays to score again with Sneed carrying in from 13 yards out. The extra point was no good, but with 2:04 left in the first period, Barren County led 20-0.
Facing a third-and-11 play on their next possession, the Cougars lost another fumble at the Cougar 18. Following a delay of game penalty, Hughes hit Mabe with a 23-yard touchdown pass with just 58 seconds left that put the Trojans on top 27-0.
As the second quarter began, Grayson County had picked up a first down at the Cougar 43, but on third down, Willis was picked off by Kyle Roach to end the drive.
The Trojans scored once more, just before the half after the Cougars turned the ball over on downs at their own 44. Sneed carried on first down and went untouched 44 yards for the score with just 32.8 seconds left in the half. Eaton’s kick made it 34-0.
The Cougars still had time to lose one more fumble, but the Trojans took a knee to run out the clock .
Barren County had the ball first in the second half and wasted no time in scoring again. Sneed gained 25 yards on first down before Wininger raced 34 yards for the Trojans’ final TD of the night. Eaton’s kick made it 41-0 and the clock began running continuously by the mercy rule.
The Cougars put together a good drive on their next possession, moving from their own 32 down to a first-and-goal at the Trojan five. But on the next play, Jordan Stallings lost the handle for the fourth fumble of the game. Roach picked up the loose ball in the end zone and ran it back to the 47.
Grayson County was able to force a punt and took over at their own 28 as the fourth quarter began. Willis gained 44 yards on the first play, and a face mask penalty moved the ball to the Trojan 14. Stallings took a handoff there and went untouched into the end zone for the Cougars’ only touchdown of the night. The extra point was no good, making the final scored 41-6.
The Cougars will end their regular season campaign this Friday evening when they travel to Greenville to take on the Muhlenberg County Mustangs (4-5). That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.