Grayson County’s football team exorcised some demons last Friday evening as they earned their first win of the season, 49-34 over visiting Breckinridge County on Homecoming Night.
Junior Jordan Stallings had a spectacular night for the Cougars as he ran for 212 yards and three touchdowns, returned a punt 40 yards for another score and caught a 47-yard pass from Noah Bullock for a fifth touchdown. Stallings was also the leading tackler on defense with 10, nine of which were solo tackles. Levi Minton had six tackles and a fumble recovery on the night.
In all, the Cougars rushed for 356 yards on the ground. Freshman Johnny Vaughn carried 12 times for 84 yards and Bullock had 13 carries for 57 yards and two scores. Bullock was 5-for-5 throwing the ball for 98 yards and the one touchdown pass to Stallings.
But it was the visiting Tigers who got on the board first at 2:54 of the first quarter following an 11-play, 84-yard drive. Quarterback R. J. Bentley took the ball in from the 13 to give his team a 6-0 lead after the extra-point try failed.
Grayson County answered back immediately, driving 66 yards in eight plays with Bullock carrying in from the one at the 11:31 mark of the second period. Corbin Hodge added the extra point to put the Cougars in front 7-6.
When a Cougar drive stalled later in the game, the TIgers took over at their own three, but were unable to move out of their hole and were forced to punt. Stallings gathered in the punt at the 40 and found clear sailing all the way to the end zone to make it 14-6 at the 4:23 mark of the second quarter.
The Tigers made it close again on their next possession, taking the ball 67 yards in seven plays with Bentley scoring, this time from nine yards out. A try for two failed, leaving the score at 14-12.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Cougars took over at the 50. A facemask call on first down moved the ball to the Tiger 45 and on the next play, Stallings got free for his second touchdown of the game and the Cougars led 21-12, which is how the half ended.
The Tigers took the second half kickoff and moved 68 yards in nine plays to score again. Calvin Hornback hauled in a 15-yard pass from Bentley for the touchdown. Another two-point try failed, leaving the score at 21-18 at the 9:27 mark of the third quarter.
When the Cougars were unable to move the ball on their next possession, they were forced to punt and the Tigers took over at the Cougar 46. Five plays later they were in the end zone to take a 26-21 lead.
It appeared Grayson County was in trouble of losing their sixth straight game when on their next possession they gave up the ball on downs at their own 42, but the Tigers gave the ball right back on a first-down fumble.
The Cougars then moved 59 yards in five plays, with Stallings carrying the final 34 yards for the score that put Grayson County on top for good. Stallings ran in a two-point conversion to make it 29-26 with 1:11 left in the third quarter.
Just before the end of the period, Bullock came up with an interception and the Cougars took over at the Grayson County 49. After moving to the Tiger 33, a holding call on the Cougars moved it back to the 47. On the next play, Bullock hit Stallings over the middle and the speedy back did the rest as the Cougars went up by 10, 36-26 with 10:27 left to play.
The Cougar defense held on the next Tiger possession and took over at their own 26-yard line. They then proceeded to put the game away with a six play, 74-yard drive for another score. Freshman Johnny Vaughn broke free on a 42-yard scamper and just missed scoring when a shoestring tackle brought him down at the eight. Bullock carried in from there and the Cougars led 43-26.
The Tigers refused to give in and drove 50 yards in eight plays to close the gap to 43-34 with 3:05 left in the game, but the Cougars had a little more left in the tank. Following an onside kick that Grayson County covered at the Tiger 37, Stallings carried two more times, the last one going for 30 yards and another TD. Hodge’s kick was no good, but the Cougars led 49-34 and it was enough to secure their first win of the season.
The 6-0 Bowling Green Purples bring their high-powered game to Cougar Field this coming Friday evening with game time set for 7 p.m.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.