The Grayson County High School Football team started the year in celebratory fashion.

After going 1-9, the Cougars matched last season's win total beating Hancock County 14-6 and inducting the 2018 Hall of Fame class last Friday in front of a full Cougar field.

Before kickoff the school inducted nine people into Hall of Fame that included five players, three coaches and a super fan.

Victoria Decker for Softball, Jim Goff for Basketball, Sonny West for Track and Field, Cody Brooks for Track, and Caroline Behnken for tennis were the athletes recognized over the weekend. Former Track and Field Coach Arland Benningfield, Head Basketball Coach Bill Lee, and Head Football Coach Bill Embry were the coaches immortalized with the school.

Also inducted was E.E. McGhee. Like always, the famous Cougar fan was in attendance Friday and cheered on his team as they avenged last year's defeat. McGhee has been major contributor to the program in every sport throughout the last few decades.

His spirit was translated to the football team, and the Cougars were able to have a great day and had their best defensive performance since 2014.

Derrick Ruth was an animal on the ground tacking 35 carries and turning them into 200 yards with both Cougar touchdowns. He was the main weapon for Grayson on a night the passing game was non-existent. Grayson had long drives that Ruth started, got a couple first downs and finished the drive himself.

He got help rushing the ball from Logan Kopp and starting quarterback Noah Bullock who combined for an additional 64 yards on the ground. The team rushed a total 266 yards, which was the bulk of the 283 total yards of offense they had on the night.

It was a rough day on the air for the Cougars, getting only 17 yards. Bullock was successful on the ground, but he only completed four passes. The passing game was completely dead, but the team was smart to go away from it early and kept handing the ball off to Ruth, who carried the offense getting 200 of the teams 283 yards.

The defense that allowed an average of 34 points a game and let the Hornets score 33 last year stepped up and allowed just 132 yards with no touchdowns. Cooper Terry had the big day on the defense with 10 total tackles, but he had a bunch of help. Andrew Haycraft had eight tackles and forced a fumble. Zach Bratcher, Ethan Cates and Cameron Harris each had six total tackles, with Cates having a big sack. Luke Henderson had an interception with a 20-yard return.

The Cougars will now look to continue the good momentum from the opener when they host Breckinridge County. The Cougars' sole win last year came to Breckinridge on the road, and they will look to repeat it to surpass last year's win total in the second week. The Fighting Tigers beat Todd County Central 15-8 in the first week which sets a up a good match-up with both teams playing well.