With only two weeks remaining in the regular high school football season, it’s now or never to record those latest wins. Some teams have sailed the entire way, taking victory after victory, while others have struggled in this category and are looking for their first or one of their first wins.
Paducah Tilghman (3-5)The Blue Tornado started the season with a big win over McCracken County on Mustangs.
With a score of 35-27, Tilghman’s talented young quarterback Jack James threw for 320 yards.
Since then, the Tornado has had its ups and downs, losing three straight games after that first game of the season and a COVID-19-related loss. They were able to get back on track with a big road win at Trigg County 49-18 followed by a home win over Henry County, TN.
Most recently there was a loss to Union County at home where the scoreboard showed zero points for both teams during the first three quarters of play. 40 points were scored in the fourth quarter between the teams, but the Tornado has missed 21-19.
Paducah Tilghman has two road games left, the first being a trip to Webster County (1-7), followed by Hopkinsville (4-4).
The Mustangs’ season opener loss to Tilghman wasn’t the start McCracken County was looking for. From that point on, the Mustangs would suffer three more losses before securing their first victory.
That victory came over Marshall County with a final score of 45-13. Quarterback Pryor Lamb threw for 143 yards, completing 11 of his 18 passes. Jeremiah Hughes led the way for rushing yards with 153 yards on 14 carries.
McCracken County has yet to celebrate another win since then, losing three in a row since then. With two games to go, the Mustangs still have a chance of securing their second and third wins. The first will be a road game in Henderson County (5-3), followed by the end of the season at home by hosting Owensboro (7-1).
Mayfield (8-0)With an 8-0 record, the Mayfield Cardinals hold one of the few perfect records in high school football in Kentucky. Only 11 teams in the state can boast of having a perfect record, five of which are from Class 2A where Mayfield resides.
Two games prevent the Cardinals from ending the 2021 season with a perfect record.
They must first face Murray (5-2), at home followed by Madisonville-North Hopkins (3-5), on the road. The last time Murray and Mayfield met in 2020, the game was decided after three overtime periods where Murray came out in the lead 28-21.
Graves County (6-2)The Eagles of Graves County have also had an impressive season, with their only two losses in Game 1 and their most recent game.
Those losses came against Mayfield in the season opener and Owensboro in their final home game of the season.
With games against Muhlenberg County (1-7) and Marshall County (2-6), Graves County are looking to improve to 8-2 this season.
Now is the right time for the Bombers to get their first win. Their last home game of the season will be this Friday against Fort Campbell who has yet to win this season as well.
After facing the Falcons, Ballard Memorial will travel to Muhlenberg County to end his season against the 1-7 Mustangs.
The Marshals started the season on a high note, with their first two games ending in victories. Those wins came over Ballard Memorial 62-0 and Fulton County 46-6.
Since then, Marshall County hasn’t had that chance, but has a chance to reverse that chance against Warren Central. In their history, the Dragons have dominated the series 5-0. While they haven’t faced each other since 2006, this year could be the Marshals’ best chance to break that streak as the Dragons hold a 0-7 record this season.
The final game of the regular season for Marshall County will be a home game hosting Graves County (6-2).
Fulton County (1-7)Fulton County’s only victory came against Ballard Memorial on the road where they won 8-0 against the Bombers. The victory came in the fourth week of play for the Pilots.
Lake County, TN (3-3), will be Fulton County’s next opponent when they host the Falcons at home, followed by their fifth and final home game against Murray (5-2).
Caldwell County (6-3)After a 3-4 season in 2020 with three COVID-19 cancellations, the Tigers were a game-changer in 2021, with a record 6-3 and a single COVID cancellation that resulted in a victory.
Unlike most other schools, Caldwell County only has one game left on its regular season schedule. They have a BYE this week and will end up on the road in Trigg County (5-4).
Calloway County (3-5)The Lakers have three mid-season wins over Fulton County 42-6, Marshall County 41-20 and Madisonville-North Hopkins 41-35. Calloway has lost their last two games but is looking to turn things around as they end the season on the road.
Logan County (6-3), will be the next opponent of the Lakers followed by a trip to Union County (7-1).
Murray (5-2)Tigers’ season started a week after most due to a COVID-19 cancellation. Their first game was a win over Calloway County on the Murray State University campus. They held their first home game against Trigg County, earning them their second win of the season.
With just two losses to Union County 53-28 and most recently to Caldwell County 20-14, the Tigers have two more weeks to improve their record to 5-2, but it won’t be easy.
They’ll start with a trip to undefeated Mayfield, followed by what’s more likely to be a win over Fulton County.