GLASGOW — Barren County (5-2) got its biggest test of the season on Friday night. However, the Trojans failed this assignment as they lost to the fourth-ranked team in Class 6A 38-0.
Star running back Deonco Wilkerson got Central Hardin (7-0) started quickly as he scored a 59-yard touchdown on his team's first offensive touch.
The Bruins never looked back as Wilkerson would go on to finish the first half with 147 yards on just seven carries. Central Hardin would end up out-gaining Barren County 329 to 71 yards total in the first half alone.
“We played hard, but we just didn’t make a lot of plays,” Coach Jackson Arnett said after the game. “That’s a really good team. There were a lot of jump balls where we were in position to make a play, and they just beat us at them. That’s the level we want to get to. We just can’t forget how far we have come. We have to keep playing hard.”
Despite the demoralizing start to the game, the Trojan offense responded with a drive that went all the way down the field to the Central Hardin 15-yard line. On fourth down, Barren County’s drive was killed when quarterback Jameson Buie fumbled after being sacked.
The Bruins took advantage of the turnover by putting together another scoring drive. This time, Kyler Lee scored on a 25-yard run with 2:27 left in the first quarter. Lee would also score the two-point conversion to put the Bruins up 14-0.
Unfortunately for Barren County, the offense would sputter out by immediately going three-and-out. A good punt would pin the Bruins deep in Trojan territory, but it would be in vain as Central Hardin mounted their third straight scoring drive.
TreJean Sanders scored this time on a four-yard run with 10:44 left in the first half. The extra point was good and Central Hardin would take a 21-0 lead.
Despite being down three touchdowns, Barren County would get it’s biggest play of the game. Senior Tyler Bush would take the ensuing kickoff 73 yards into the Bruin red zone, but it would be another positive Trojan play made in vain as they quickly went four-and-out.
“He has been one of our best players all season,” Arnett said. “We probably should've got him the ball more on offense. I thought he played really well tonight. He played hard.”
Barren County would show another sign of life as JaMarcus Miley intercepted Central Hardin’s quarterback in the end zone. But to no surprise, the Trojan offense was forced into yet another quick three-and-out.
After a bad punt that ended up on the Central Hardin 41-yard line, things got a little chippy between both teams. Offsetting personal foul penalties would liven the game up a bit, but the Bruins quickly quieted the contest back down after Sanders scored his second touchdown on a 22-yard carry just before halftime.
The second half would feature much of the same action as Central Hardin came out of the break with a blast thanks to a 66-yard kick return.
This drive would end in a rare 33-yard field goal by Evan Jones. The Bruins were truly a complete team as they showcased no obvious weaknesses on offense, defense, or special teams in the contest.
Another quick Trojan three-and-out would result in another scoring drive for Central Hardin. Lee would get back on the scoreboard with a four-yard run that made it 38-0 with 5:10 left in the third quarter.
Even with the contest in a running-clock situation, Bush still didn’t give up for Barren County. He would return the ensuing kickoff for an 88-yard touchdown that was called back due to a block-in-the-back.
The Trojans didn’t get anything else going offensively, and the Bruins just ran out the clock to secure the 38-point victory.
The loss marks the first loss in district play for the Trojans, and things do not get any easier for them as they welcome the No. 3 team in Class 6A next Friday night — North Hardin.
“This is as good as this district has been from top-to-bottom in a long time,” Arnett said of his next district opponent. “There are four good teams in this district. I’m sure they were told that we were no push over either, but they made it look easy tonight. They are very good. They are well-coached and fundamentally sound for a group that’s all seniors.”
Kickoff for next week’s game is slated for 7 p.m. at Barren County High School.