It was senior night at Barren County High School on Friday. Prior to the Trojans’ home game against Taylor County, the public address announcer gave the names of the seniors for football, band, cheerleading and other extracurricular activities.
Then the Trojans took the football field and found senior quarterback Josh Durham unable to play more than a couple of snaps on offense because of injuries. That meant the responsibility for leading Barren’s option offense fell to the shoulders of freshman Andrew Hughes.
“We had a bad situation early. I knew we had a bad week when (Durham) couldn’t practice all week,” said Trojans football head coach Jason Esters. “We gave him a shot at it, but he was hurting with his mobility. Andrew did a good job of coming in and playing for us.”
While the Trojans struggled offensively without Durham, the bigger issue in their 35-14 loss to the Cardinals was slowing their offense.
“That’s a good team,” Esters said. “We had a couple of let downs, but the one thing we can take from this game is that we didn’t quit.” The coach added as long as the players continue to play hard, they will eventually be rewarded with winning.
Barren looked to have the best early opportunity to put points on the board after the ball was snapped over Taylor’s punter’s head at the end of game’s first drive. The Trojans took over on downs at the Cardinals’ 32-yard line. Durham, unable to scramble, was sacked on first down for a seven-yard loss.
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