EDMONTON — It had been almost six years since Barren County had racked up an offensive performance like the one the Trojans produced Friday night.
Class 6A Barren County dominated the line of scrimmage, came up with big plays on offense and left Edmonton with a 48-6 win over Class 2A Metcalfe County. It was the first season-opening win for the Trojans since 2015.
The 48 points were also the most scored in a Barren County game since 2013.
"We thought we could impose our will up front, and we did what we were supposed to do," Barren County coach Jackson Arnett said.
"Our offensive line played well tonight, and that's what I'm really proud of."
Tyler Bush and Dayvion Holloway combined for five touchdowns for the Trojans, as each broke off a scoring play of over 70 yards.
Barren County wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as the Trojans marched 53 yards down the field for a touchdown on their opening drive.
Bush finished the drive off with a two-yard run, and the extra point gave the Trojans a 7-0 lead.
Metcalfe County’s initial drive stalled, but it appeared the Hornets were going to get the ball back after forcing the Trojans into a long third down attempt.
But Jameson Buie connected with Jackson Coots on a 59-yard touchdown throw, and Barren County’s lead swelled to 14-0 with 4:04 left in the first quarter.
"Our offensive line played well, and we came out and established our run game," Bush said. "We hit Jackson Coots on a big play. We have a young quarterback that's really good."
Metcalfe County struggled to move the ball initially on the next drive, but Peyton Dial came up with a big third down completion and the Hornets began racking up yards on the ground behind Gabe Zurmehly.
On the first play of the second quarter, Zurmehly scored the first points of the season for Metcalfe County on a 12-yard touchdown scamper that cut the deficit to 14-6.
Buie and Barren County picked up another timely third down conversion on the ensuing drive, as the sophomore quarterback threw to Gage Allen for a long gain that turned into a back-breaker for Metcalfe County after a targeting penalty was called on a Hornet defender.
Holloway followed up by scoring on the first of two long touchdown runs in the first half, as he found daylight and sprinted 25 yards for a score.
"We worked every day to be ready. It was tough, but we kept working hard," said Holloway, who is playing his first season with the Trojans.
Dial and Zurmehly again were able to advance the Hornets down the field on the next possession with gains on the ground, but Easton Frazier intercepted a pass inside the Trojan 20-yard-line to end the drive.
On the next play, Bush caught a screen pass and broke through the Metcalfe County defense. Eighty-five yards later, Bush had his second score of the game and Barren County had taken firm control of the contest.
After a Metcalfe County punt, Holloway added his second score of the first half, as he sprinted around the left side of the line and ran 70 yards for the fifth Trojan touchdown over the opening 24 minutes.
Barren County enjoyed a 33-6 lead at halftime.
Gavin Withrow added to the Trojan lead with a 33-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter.
Bush brought on the running clock late in the third quarter on a 61-yard run that ended with his third touchdown of the game.
The senior said it was important to come out and make a statement in the first game of the season.
"We had to tell everyone that Barren County is ready to come back and make some runs this season and get a lot of wins," Bush said.
Arnett said this year's team is older and more experienced, with several seniors helping to lead the way. He emphasized that while winning the first game was nice, the Trojans must repeat the preparation and execution that led them to success in order to keep getting victories.
Arnett added that he was pleased with how Buie performed in his first start at quarterback.
"He stepped up in the pocket tonight and made some big throws," Arnett said.
Metcalfe County will host Breckinridge County next Friday, while Barren County will host Woodford County in the Trojan Trail Turf War.