Corey Turpin | GC News-Gazette Noah Bullock tries to shed the tackler.

Corey Turpin | GC News-Gazette

Noah Bullock tries to shed the tackler.

By Corey Turpin


After a strong start to the season, the Cougars see themselves in the midst of a three-game losing streak. Grayson County traveled to top-ranked Bowling Green on Thursday and were absolutely out of it from the opening kickoff. This was the second undefeated team the Cougars were matched up against in the last few weeks - the other being South Warren. If there is a silver lining in these defeats, and I like to think that you can always find a silver lining if you look hard enough, it’s that the Cougars have played huge strides this season. Especially when you compare it to the recent past. Two of the defeats were at the hands of the top two teams in the Class 5A, and the other defeat was a last-second field goal in what was an amazing football match from start to finish.

In this game, the touchdowns came early and often for Bowling Green. The running clock could have been implemented in the first half if it were allowed. Within a minute and a half, we saw the Bowling Green Purples' first score of the night. It was a simple 4-yard rush up the middle at the 10:16 mark. The score would climb steeply and consistently throughout the entire game. At the half-way mark, the score was already 41-0.

Grayson County was simply overmatched and outperformed in this one. Moral victories were had whenever the Cougars were able to manage first downs. Sophomore Q'Daryius McHenry would haul in Grayson County’s lone score of the night, off a pass from senior Noah Bullock that went for 44 yards. McHenry would also convert the 2-point conversion. However, the hometown Purples never let up the offensive assault. The ground game was great, but the passing game was even better. Due to the running clock in the second half, the game seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. After four quarters, the game had drawn to a close with the final score 68-8.

Grayson County will host a crumbling Greenwood team when the school returns from fall break. The game will be held at Cougar Stadium at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time on Oct.12.