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TCHS' Cardinals crush Casey County 51-23

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By David Chewning

Taylor County High School made it two district wins in a row and ran its season winning streak to three games Friday as they crushed Casey County 51-23 in Liberty.

Senior tailback Chris Thomas once again led the Cardinal attack as he ran for four touchdowns on the night and had 230 rushing yards on 15 carries.

His supporting cast provided a special teams' score and two touchdowns through the air.

The Cardinals took the opening drive 80 yards as Lance Turpin hooked up with A.J. Wayne on a 60-yard strike. Shane Morris added the first of his six extra points and later in the second quarter connected on a 32-yard field goal.

After stalling out, the Rebels punted and Leonard Macon returned the kick 87 yards to put the Cardinals up 14-0.

Thomas burst through the middle of the line for a 70-yard touchdown run early in the second period to spot the Cardinals to a 24-0 advantage.

Casey County answered as senior Zack Richardson returned the kick-off 71 yards to give his team a first and goal from the nine. Good fortune followed as the first play run was fumbled into the end zone by the Rebels, and Richardson recovered for a score by the home squad.

The Cardinal defense played solid all night led by seniors Justin Hoosier and Thomas.

They forced three turnovers that sparked two Cardinal scoring drives and held the Rebels to 83 yards offense through three quarters.

Taylor County put the game out of reach, scoring three times in the third period. Thomas tacked on scoring runs of 30 and 37 yards while Macon hauled in a 23-yard scoring reception from Turpin.

Turpin passed for 146 yards and the two touchdowns with his eight completions.

The final scoring drive of the night for Taylor County was capped off early in the final quarter by another Thomas run, this one from 26 yards out.

Casey County added two late touchdowns and two-point conversions after Omar Gonzales' 9- and 14-yard runs.

Taylor County (3-1 overall and 2-0 in district play) travels to Lancaster to face another district foe, Garrard County, on Friday (7:30).

The Golden Lions lost their first district encounter when they fell at Somerset 44-27 on Friday night.

Wayne County remained undefeated in district action with a 60-8 rout over Jackson County.