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Don’t blame Daulton Turpin if he keeps his game-day eating habits after the senior scored five touchdowns in Taylor County’s 46-18 home-field victory over Casey County on Friday night.
“Mom (Lisa) brought me Cocoa Krispies this morning,” laughed Turpin when asked what he had for breakfast. “And, I’ve also got to give a shout out to band director Mr. (Stephen) Bishop because he let us order pizza sixth period (during arts and humanities class).”
Turpin, who admits he does not eat a pre-game meal since he’s so nervous, said it might have been his best point-production game since scoring seven touchdowns during his fourth-grade year for Don Dabney’s Vikings in Campbellsville Community Club Pee Wee Football.
Casey County, who owned two straight victories over the Cardinals, led 12-6 as Alex Bolin had tallied on runs of 56 and 4 yards, respectively, after TCHS quarterback Hunter Christie had put the Cardinals up 6-0 after the first drive of the game.
However, then it was all Turpin and the Taylor County defense as Turpin tallied five touchdowns, four consecutively, before teammate Ryan Cox’s score and Bolin’s third TD of the night.
“We changed the defensive alignment on the front line,” said a modest Scott Franklin, TCHS’ defensive coordinator under head coach Eric Graves, on how the TCHS defense shut down the Rebels for most of the last three quarters.
Turpin finished with 181 rushing yards on only 13 carries and also caught Christie’s only completion, in two attempts, for another 13 yards.
Five other Cardinal runners had 26 or more yards as Graves’ ground attack amassed 424 yards.
It was the second straight 400-yard effort by TCHS, which played without game one’s leading rusher Alex Gupton, who was sidelined with a sprained ankle. The Cards had 455 vs. McCreary Central with Gupton getting 153.
Bolin paced the Rebels (0-2) with 148 yards on 16 tries while quarterback Wyatt Bishop had 70.
Taylor County plays their annual cross-town game with Campbellsville when the Cardinals battle the Eagles at Campbellsville University on Friday at 7:30.