Corey Turpin | GC News-GazetteAndrew Haycraft dives into the endzone.

Corey Turpin | GC News-Gazette

Andrew Haycraft dives into the endzone.

By Corey Turpin

Sports Correspondent

The Cougars played their first road game last Friday night against the Edmonson County Wildcats. This marked the annual Tobacco Stick game; a matchup that the Cougars haven't won since the 2014 season when they beat Edmonson County on their home turf.

This one was dominated by the Cougars from the opening quarter. After a couple of offensive duds and consequential punts by both teams, the Wildcats found themselves in trouble.

Sophomore QB Jon Smith felt a heavy rush up the middle and tried to air one out, but the pass was deflected by senior LB Ethan Cates and caught mid-air by this season's newest arrival, sophomore rising star Q'Daryius McHenry, and was ran straight into the endzone for the Cougars' first score of the evening -- an electrifying play that sent shockwaves throughout the stands.

The Wildcats would waste little time, however, and score off of a 12-yard pass just three minutes later. The tried 2-point conversion was no good. With the ball back, the Cougars converted on some really nice ground gains. The ground and pound was clicking on all cylinders, which set up a perfect 27-yard bomb of a pass from senior QB Noah Bullock to McHenry. This play, coupled with the ensuing devastating hit by McHenry on the defensive side of the ball on the very next series, helped solidify the stranglehold on the game for the Cougars.

Big hits were plentiful in this one for the visiting Cougars. Edmonson County had the ball on the Cougar 39-yard line and was already looking shaky. That's when junior LB Cooper Terry laid one of the biggest hits of this season on the ball carrier, causing a fumble and recovery for sophomore LB Zach Bratcher. The score at the end of the first half: 14-6 GC.

To start the third quarter, Edmonson County had the ball. It didn't take long for senior DB Andrew Haycraft to sniff out a defensive score of his own. A pick 6 good for 43 yards and humiliation started to settle in for the home team. After an unsuccessful Wildcat drive, this time due to a timely interception by junior DB Logan Sailing, the Cougars had to show them how it was done. Marching up the short field, McHenry put the exclamation mark on an impressive drive with a 3-yard bulldozing run for the score. Not to be outdone, Haycraft soon after caught a short pass over the middle and shredded tackles on his way to an acrobatic goal line diving touchdown. At the end of three, the score was 35-6.

Bullock would cap off the evening with a forceful 3-yard rushing TD and bump the score to 42-6. Edmonson County would give one last attempt to make it less of a blowout and capitalize on the fact that the Cougars were perhaps playing less than stellar defense down the stretch. They scored off of a 6-yard rushing TD of their own and again would miss out on the two-point conversion. The final score on the night: 42-12.

The Cougars reclaimed the coveted Tobacco Stick and, at midfield, painted over the faded red with Cougar orange.

McHenry finished with 76 yards rushing on 17 attempts and a rushing TD, receiving TD, and a defensive TD.

Bullock had 112 passing yards as well as two passing TDs and a rushing TD.

Haycraft finished with 79 receiving yards on two receptions and a receiving TD, as well as a defensive TD.

Kickers Ryan Coates and Logan Raymer were perfect on the evening with extra points.

Grayson County heads to Ohio County this at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and are now 3-0 on the season.