This Friday night (9/11) we will proudly showcase 4 of the purchase area's top teams on local cable TV. Mayfield High will host McCracken County on WK&T's Local Channel 1, and Graves County will battle the Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado on WK&T Sports Channel 68 on WK&T Entertainment as well as Murray Electric Systems Channel 18. Both games will kick off Friday night at 7:00.
Mayfield will look to extend the longest current win streak in Kentucky High School Football standing at 16 straight games. They'll try and do so against the last team to take them down... The McCracken County Mustangs. This game will be a star studded affair featuring several of the state's statistical standouts. Mayfield's Junior Quarterback Landon Arnett has only thrown 10 incomplete passes through 3 games this season, and he's 3rd overall in class 2A with an average of 212 passing yards per game. The Cardinals also have one of the commonwealth's toughest tailbacks in Junior Trajon Bright. He's currently the 6th best back in class 2A averaging 109 yards rushing per game. Bright is also a great route runner out of the back field, and he's dangerous when he catches the ball in the open field. The speedster caught 6 passes for 74 yards and touchdown last week at Paducah Tilghman. Despite the barrage of talent and the tradition of success Mayfield brings with them into this contest you shouldn't sleep on the Mustangs of McCracken County High. Since losing to Paducah Tilghman in their season opener McCracken County has been dominate scoring 102 points in back to back wins. The Mustang backfield is more than dangerous featuring the likes of UK commit Zy'Aire Hughes and gunslinger QB Cash Jones. Jones is currently 7th best in class 6A averaging 201 passing yards nightly, and Hughes is burning it up on the ground with an average of 107 yards rushing per contest. Every year when this match-up rolls around everybody wants to talk about numbers in terms of the size of each school. Sure Mayfield's enrollment of just over 400 pales in comparison to the over 2,000 kids packed into McCracken County High, but as I reiterated with the Cards head coach Joe Morris earlier this week both teams can only put 11 on the field. I give Mayfield the edge here because of coaching. The athletes on both sidelines are similar, but coach Jackson is still trying to find his footing at McCracken County and Coach Morris is in hot pursuit of a 4th straight state championship.... It doesn't get much better. Turn on over to WK&T's Channel 1 at about 7 Friday night, and I bet you'll be in for a treat.
The Eagles of Graves County High are coming off their most successful season in school history after an 11-4 campaign that led them all the way to Bowling Green last year. However, they had lots of question marks heading into this season after graduating 18 seniors off from that Cinderella squad. Those questions just got louder as the Eagles opened their season with a 48-21 loss at home against Hopkinsville. Graves County's showed plenty of life signs in the last two weeks rolling 56-20 at Trigg County and 39-14 against Murray High. They'll look for their first home win of the season on Friday night as they host Paducah Tilghman. The Eagles have been blessed with a Freshman phenom at quarterback. Ryan Mathis comes into this week as the 4th best QB in class 5A throwing for an average of 205 yards per game. And he's got an easy target in Sophomore wide receiver Trevor Grant. Grant only had 3 catches last week at Murray High, but he racked up 113 yards and a touchdown. Also after giving up almost 500 yards passing in their season opener the Eagle defense seems to have finally come around. They held Murray High to only 2 completions for 35 yards last week. Conversely there's probably not a hungrier team out there right now than Paducah Tilghman. The Blue Tornado dominated the time of possession in their season opening triumph over rival McCracken County, but since then they've struggled to sustain drives. Were it not for 2 fortunate takeaways Tilghman may not have scored at all last week against Mayfield. And defensively they've given up a boatload of rushing yards. In the last 2 weeks the Tornado's been gashed on the ground for right at 600 yards. Coach Rogers has plenty of veteran talent on the PT sideline including a deep backfield featuring Seniors Sayveon McEwen and Aaron Draw along with the Junior Jordan Overstreet. However in their last two games it just seems like the Tornado has struggled to win the battle up front. They've got a lot of kids playing every down and stamina has been an issue. I'll give the edge slightly in this one to Coach Lance Gregory's Eagles. Graves County has more depth at just about every position than they've had in a while. I think they'll have a little more gas left in the tank at the end... Be sure and check this game out on WK&T's Channel 68 and Murray Electric's Channel 18.
It should be a fun Friday night for football fans here in Western Kentucky, and we're proud to be chronicling the action via this area's only 24/7 local sports TV network...
Get in the game!!
-Justin R. Swallows (Sports Media Exec. - WK&T Sports)