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Taylor County High School head coach Eric Graves doesn’t like off weeks, but he sure does like junior Brandon Williams carrying the pigskin for the Cardinals.
That was even more evident on Friday night as the Cardinals improved to 3-1 on the season with a 13-6 road triumph vs. LaRue County.
“I’m glad we don’t have any more off weeks,” Graves told his team.
Taylor County came out of the gate slow and trailed the home-standing Hawks 6-0 on an 18-yard run with 6:38 left in the opening frame.
The Cardinals had committed a personal foul on their opening kick-off return and quarterback Hunter Christie was sacked before LaRue County committed three straight illegal procedure violations.
Taylor County did quickly take the lead for good when Williams went left and then galloped back right on his first carry of the night. It resulted in a 38-yard score and Aaron Gray’s point-after-boot made it 7-0 with 3:14 left in the period.
However, the Cardinals’ week off continued to haunt the visitors and the heavy rain shower followed Graves’ club to the dressing room at the half.
Slade Burris’ fumble recovery set up Williams’ tack-on touchdown and the junior broke loose for the 23-yard tally with only 2:32 elapsed in the third quarter.
“It was ugly,” Graves remarked at mid-field. “But, now and forever this will still be a big W.”
Williams finished with 160 yards on the ground and scored his fifth and sixth touchdowns this season.
Jarrett Benningfield offered nice support for Williams with 73 yards on 14 rushing attempts.
The Cardinals will play their first home game on campus this season on Friday (7:30) when Taylor County begins district play against Class 4A powerhouse Boyle County. The Rebels are 5-0 with wins totaling 172-67 vs. Lincoln County, Warren Central, Danville, Anderson County and Clark County.
Cards 13, Hawks 6
at LaRue County
Taylor Co. 7 0 6 0 — 13
LaRue Co. 6 0 0 0 — 6
LCHS — Marquis Franklin, 18, run (kick failed) TCHS — Brandon Williams, 38, run (Aaron Gray kick) TCHS — Williams, 25, run (run failed)
First downs 10 9
Rushes-yds 45-255 32-120
Passing 1-4-0 1-2-0
Passing yds 1 33
Total yds 256 153
Penalties-yds 10-100 11-60
Fumbles lost 1 3
Rushing — Taylor County: Brandon Williams 13-160, Jarrett Benningfield 14-73, Dylan Bright 10-27, Jack Miller 1-4, Hunter Christie 6-(-1), Connor Fair 1-(-8), LaRue County: Dalton Lawson 7-65, Marquis Franklin 12-24, Mike Neal 4-17, DaMarcus McCray 3-15, Koy Lindsey 10-5, team 2-(-6). Passing — Taylor County: Christie 1-4-0 for 1 yard, LaRue County: Franklin 1-2-0 for 33 yards. Receiving — Taylor County: Benningfield 1-1, LaRue County: Dalton Metcalfe 1-33.