Fans, spectators and general onlookers saw something that had happened only five times previously on Friday night when Taylor County High School defeated LaRue County 13-6 in football.
The Cardinals had lost 22 of the previous 27 meetings, dating back to the first match-up in 1973.
The two schools had not met on the gridiron since 2002.
LaRue County got off to a 14-2 start in the series (after winning the first nine) with Taylor County’s lone wins coming in 1982 and 1984.
The Cardinals prevailed again (7-6) in 1994 before LaRue County won four straight from 1995-1998 to extend the advantage to 18-3.
Taylor County’s regional championship season of 1999 saw coach Brad Todd’s Cardinals prevail 15-14 in regular-season play on Sept. 10 in Hodgenville and 26-21 at home in the second round of the play-offs on Nov. 12.
The Hawks then reeled off four more Ws from 2000-2002, including a home post-season game in their last meeting before this past Friday.
• Speaking of domination, after winning 30 of the first 43 games in its football series with Greensburg/Green County, Campbellsville High School has lost the last eight encounters by scores totaling 368-94.
The Eagles’ last triumph in the series came on Sept. 15, 2005.
Indeed the Dragons are in the midst of a good gridiron run against this county’s schools as they have defeated Taylor County seven straight times after the Cardinals led the early series 17-4 and 20-8.
The last Taylor County victory against Green County came on Oct. 29, 1999 on the Cardinals’ home turf.
Green County plays at Taylor County in the regular-season finale on Nov. 2.
Looking back some 27 years
It’s funny how things always seem to come back around.
It seems just like yesterday when this sports editor was covering a Campbellsville-Edmonson County game and Central Kentucky News-Journal Editor/Publisher Richard RoBards was taking care of the other game which happened to be Taylor County hosting Allen County-Scottsville.
He remarked to me on our return to the office about the “big, solid” assistant for the Patriots.
Little did we know that the “big, solid” assistant, then doing his student teaching and coaching under Royce Hood, would be in Campbellsville less than two years later as the High School Eagles’ defensive coordinator.
Perry Thomas spent 1987 as a full-time assistant on Chuck Smith’s Allen County-Scottsville before accompanying him to CHS and then assuming the head reins when Smith left for Boyle County.
Thomas left Campbellsville for Paducah Tilghman before taking the head coaching position at Campbellsville University in 2008.
RoBards, retired from the newspaper business, now is an assistant in Chris Megginson’s CU sports information office where he regularly takes pictures of Thomas’ Fighting Tigers.