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Taylor County head coach Eric Graves knows where he wants his Cardinal program to be.
“Boyle County is 6-0 for a reason. They are very good,” Graves offered.
“We need to use this as a building block to drive us to get our program to that level.”
Returns enabled the visiting Rebels to build a 14-0 lead after a long kick-off return and a blocked punt.
Taylor County used a 16-play, 80-yard drive with Brandon Williams tallying from seven yards out with 7:53 left in the half. The Cardinals forced a Boyle County fumble and Jarrett Benningfield returned an interception to thwart other drives.
However, Boyle County held a 27-6 half-time advantage and added passing TDs in the third and fourth frames.
Taylor County reached the Rebel 1-yard line in the fourth period, but the huge Williams’ run was nullified by a holding call.
Williams finished with 78 yards rushing on 24 tries.
“I really appreciated the kids’ effort. We played hard the entire game,” Graves concluded.
Taylor County plays a crucial district encounter on Friday at Marion County. The Cards almost assuredly need a victory to have any chance at post-season play.
Rebels 42, Cardinals 6
at Taylor County
Boyle Co. 14 13 7 8 — 42
Taylor Co. 0 6 0 0 — 6
BCHS — Aiden Hoskins, 1, run (Addison Coffey kick)
BCHS — Seph Burke, 4, run (Coffey kick)
TCHS — Brandon Williams, 7, run (kick failed)
BCHS — Burke, 3, run (kick failed)
BCHS — Josiah Robbins, 16, run (Coffey kick)
BCHS — Jase Sharp, 10, pass from Robbins (Coffey kick)
BCHS — Joe Shewmaker, 30, pass from Robbins (Burke run)
First downs 11 7
Rushing 19-202 44-98
Passing 13-20-1 3-6-0
Passing yards 142 13
Total yards 344 111
Penalties 9-60 10-84
Fumbles lost 2 0
Rushing — Taylor County: Brandon Williams 24-78, Jarrett Benningfield 9-18, Dylan Bright 5-10, Jack Miller 1-2, Hunter Christie 5-(-10).
Passing — Taylor County: Christie 3-6-0 for 13.
Receiving — Taylor County: Williams 1-6, Connor Fair 1-5, Benningfield 1-2.