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Cards clobber Jackson 61-14

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Taylor County passes only eight times as Turpin hurls six TD passes.

By David Chewning

Taylor County High School concluded district play on Friday night with a 61-14 thrashing of Jackson County to send the senior Cardinals out in style.

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The victory leaves coach Rodney Turpin's team with an opportunity to finish in first place, depending on the outcome of district opponents' remaining-regular season games as the Taylor County, Wayne County and Somerset have finished with identical 4-1 district worksheets.

Jackson County (1-8) opened with a 10-play scoring drive as Josh Messer ran it in from four yards out when the Cardinals could not stop the spread wishbone set of the Generals.

The Jackson County lead would quickly evaporate as Taylor County scored 54 consecutive points before a late fourth-quarter General drive.  

The Cardinals ran nearly half the plays of the Generals (31-52), but generated points on seven of eight possessions.

Junior quarterback Lance Turpin had a stellar passing performance, completing 14 of 23 attempts for 277 yards and a school-record six touchdown passes.

Senior Leonard Macon again led the receiving corps with six catches for 118 yards and three touchdowns while Shane Morris (15 yards), Ben Hollingsworth (47) and Donald White (64) also grabbed TD receptions.

The Cards rushed the ball only eight times with Turpin scoring on a quarterback sneak and Dillain Thompson on a six-yard sweep.

Skyler Edelen scooped up  his second fumble and returned it 21 yards for a second quarter score.

The Cardinals had only two possessions, both scores, in the second half as a continuous clock was in play.

Taylor County (5-3) returns to action on Thursday (8:00) when Hart County is its homecoming opponent.