TOMPKINSVILLE — Friday night in Tompkinsville saw a couple of local squads square off in week four action.
Barren County (3-1) was coming off of 26-14 home win against Adair County and traveled to take on a Monroe County (1-3) team coming off a 57-14 road loss to Glasgow. Both teams have been at their best when they protect the ball and limit turnovers. Limiting big plays on defense is key as well. The team that could do those things most efficiently was set up for success Friday night.
It was the Trojans who made the big plays. Barren County pulled away late in the first half en route to a lopsided 52-6 win over the Falcons.
Tyler Bush scored a couple of ways with the first coming of the pick six variety. Facing third and long, Monroe County quarterback Curtis Petett threw a deep ball up for grabs and Bush came down with it. He didn’t stop there. In fact, he didn’t stop at all as he weaved in and out of traffic in route to a lengthy interception return for the score. Aden Nyekan tacked on the extra point and it was 7-0 early for the Trojans.
On the ensuing defensive possession it was the Trojan defense again making another big play The Falcons got back to back first downs before a key fumble. Barren would have had it near midfield if not for consecutive unsportsmanlike conduct penalties which backed them up inside their own 20 yard line. That drive the offense didn’t do much and the Trojans were forced to punt deep in their own territory.
Monroe County made it count. After taking over and facing a third and long, Jameson Pruitt caught a screen pass and rumbled down to the Trojan 12-yard-line. Two plays later Petett found Peyton Knudson for an 11-yard catch and score. Monroe County would miss the extra point and trailed 7-6.
The momentum didn’t last long for the Falcons as Bush struck again on the very next play taking the kickoff back for his second score of the night to make it a 14-6 lead for the Trojans. Monroe’s offense couldn’t get going and went three and out again and Landon Neal took the punt return down to the red zone. On the first play Marquise Holloway ran it in for a 19-yard score. Nyekan was good again on the extra point.
On the next possession the defense struck again for Barren County. Jackson Coots picked up a Monroe County fumble and ran it back for a touchdown.
Barren didn’t stop there with the big plays. The Falcons mounted a drive into enemy territory after Wade Thompson hauled in a deep ball. But just a couple plays later Neal picked off a pass and took it down to the Monroe County 10-yard-line to allow Nyekan to connect on a 27-yard field goal to set the halftime score at 31-6.
Barren County coach Jackson Arnett was pleased with his team’s effort and performance Friday.
“We made big plays tonight that helped,” he said. “It was good to see the offense get going a little bit too.”
Bush echoed his coach’s sentiments, “We have playmakers all over the field”.
Holloway was signing autographs after the game for young fans. “We played great and made some big plays,” he said.
With him and Bush combining for 5 scores and most of which came off of big plays it’s easy to understand why he feels that way.
Holloway would add two more rushing scores with well over 100 yards on the ground and Jameson Buie connected with Karsten Chelson to round out the scoring for Barren County who will take on Hancock County next week at home.