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Daulton Turpin scored four touchdowns and picked off a pass to lead Taylor County to a 41-39 victory on Friday night at Hart County.
The Cardinals who stopped a five-game losing streak, used a balanced rushing attack to accumulate 316 yards and dominate the time of possession.
After Turpin’s four-yard run to begin the scoring, Hart County tallied on consecutive series to take a 13-7 lead. It was short lived for less than 10 seconds as Blake Dudgeon returned the next kick-off 67 yards. After the point after from senior Raphael Cunha (5-5 on extras), Taylor County would never trail.
The Cardinal defense thwarted the Raiders’ next drive as Turpin intercepted Trey Johnson’s pass and then hauled in a 10-yard reception of his own from freshman Hunter Christie to give the Cardinals a 21-13 half time lead.
Leading off the second half, Taylor County went 55 yards, capped off by Turpin’s 11-yard run. Nate Morrison kept the Raiders alive as he ran for 182 yards on 24 carries. Johnson hooked up with Chris Bradley for two touchdowns in the second half (50 and 60 yards).
However, a steady dose of Alex Gupton (19 for 107) and Dudgeon (13–88) continued in the second half and helped the Cardinals overcome the big plays by consuming lots of time every possession.
Christie and Turpin hooked for a 22-yard strike and Hunter Pelly finished out the Cardinal scoring with a seven-yard run, late in the last period to secure the win.
Taylor County concludes head coach Eric Graves’ first season at 4-6.