Corey Turpin | GC News-GazetteDerrick Ruth runs in the touchdown.

Corey Turpin | GC News-Gazette

Derrick Ruth runs in the touchdown.

By Corey Turpin

Sports Correspondent

Coming off an impressive road win against rival Edmonson County, the Cougars looked to keep their perfect season alive as they traveled to play the Ohio County Eagles. Ohio County was celebrating their homecoming night, but unfortunately for them, the Cougars had plans to sour the mood for the home team's festivities.

It was another big showing for both sides of the ball for the Cougars in this one. Grayson County, starting with the ball, marched up the field with ease. First down after first down after first down. Senior Noah Bullock would put the exclamation mark on the first series, punching the ball in from the 5-yard line on a QB keeper with 8:24 left to play in the quarter.

After a quick three and out from Ohio County, the Cougars continued their onslaught on the offensive end. Running the ball down the field with relative ease, thanks to some shifty footwork and some incredible O-line blocking up front, sophomore Q'Daryius McHenry ran another score into the endzone. This time it was a 7-yard run, by the sophomore phenom. Ohio County seemed allergic to offense in this one, as they simply couldn't move the ball to save their lives.

Forced to punt yet again, the Cougars made them pay dearly with this one. Senior Cameron Harris took the punt and returned it 45 yards to the house, for another Cougar score. The ensuing point after was no good unfortunately. With the score now 20-0, the Eagles needed desperately to come up with something on the offensive side of the ball.

At the 2:33 mark, still in the first quarter, the Eagles were facing a 3rd and 8. The ball inadvertently came loose and fell to the ground. Grayson County scooped it up and claimed possession of the football.

Again, marching up the field play by play, it was the Cougars once again knocking on the door in the RedZone. Senior Derrick Ruth broke free for a 14-yard rushing touchdown, putting his fingerprints on the game in epic fashion. The score was now 27-0 at the 10:36 mark of the 2nd quarter. Ohio County soon after, turned the ball over on downs.

Grayson County had the ball on the 50-yard line. From the very first play from scrimmage, it was McHenry rushing to the outside, breaking tackles on his way to a huge 50-yard rushing touchdown. The score: 34-0. Coming straight off the made extra point by the Cougars, Ohio County immediately fumbles, thanks in large part to a huge hit by junior Cooper Terry. The forced fumble was recovered by the Cougars and the Eagles looked decimated.

We finally saw a bit of defense from the home team, as the Cougars were forced to punt on 4th and long. Sadly, for them, the offense never got going and the Cougars reclaimed the ball on a turnover on downs.

The Cougar offense wasted little time this go around, and again found themselves in the RedZone. Bullock pulled another QB keeper and ran one in from short. With the score 41-0, we had ourselves a running clock.

Once the score reaches at least a 35-point difference, the clock will continuously run for the duration of the game (apart from timeouts). As the half ended, the score was 41-0.

For the duration of the entire second half, Cougars head coach Smart decided to keep his first string players on the bench. To allow the younger players meaningful game day experience and to avoid injury, the starters were pulled.

The Eagles took nearly entire quarters to score on the Cougars on two separate drives. The Eagles kept their first team lineup in and the younger Cougars were doing all they could to stop them in their tracks. Before you knew it, the horn sounded, and the game was over. The final: Cougars 41 - Eagles 12.

McHenry finished with 125 yards rushing on 16 attempts, as well as a pair of scores. Bullock had 2 rushing scores and 39 rushing yards from the QB position.