For at least a drive Friday night, it appeared Barren County had something for the Warren Central Dragons to deal with, but that wouldn’t be the case.

The Trojans took the opening drive of the game and pushed the ball down the field with a 13-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal by Jonathan Buck.

Barren had a shot at a touchdown on the drive, but a pass into the end zone was dropped, which forced the Trojans to settle for the three points with 6:20 left in the first quarter. It would be their only score of the night.

The Dragons took control from there and when all was done, they won, 64-3. The loss dropped Barren to 3-2 on the season and 0-1 in Class AAAA, Region 1, District 1, while Central improved to 4-1 and 1-0.

The game was dominated by a big play Dragons offense that scored touchdowns on nine of its ten possessions.

Chase Goff answered the score by the Trojans with a 26-yard touchdown run for Central.

Barren County’s next drive ended with a punt that gave the Dragons first down at the Trojans’ 38-yard-line.

Two plays later, Warren Central’s quarterback, Blake Ayers, threw a 36-yard touchdown pass into the outstretched hands of Nikko Beason with 1:41 left in the first quarter. The made PAT put the Dragons ahead 14-3. The Trojans next drive off ended with an interception that gave Central possession at Barren’s 20.

After a penalty, running back Quentin Curry carried the ball 25 yards, breaking tackles along the way, for another touchdown with 11:47 left to go in the second quarter. Warren Central led 21-3.

The Trojans appeared they would answer on the ensuing drive when they marched the ball to the Central 2-yard-line. A nice 38-yard run by running back Kyle Adams was the key play.

But they lost 18 yards on the next four plays as the Warren Central defense stopped the drive and took over on downs.

It was the last time Barren County would get the ball into Warren Central territory.

Tyler Miller stopped the Dragons following drive with an interception in the end zone for Barren.

Central scored twice more in the first half on a 1-yard run by Curry and a 27-yard pass from Ayers to Owens. A two-point conversion thrown in the halftime score at 36-3, Central.

“We played one of the elite teams in the state this week,” said Barren County head coach William Howard, “They are ranked in the top five in the state for a reason — they’re extremely good.”

The roll continued in the second half as Curry scored on a 78-yard run on the Dragons’ second play from scrimmage. Darrious Brooks added a 99-yard touchdown run and in the fourth period, Tevon Boards and Justin Duncan scored for Central.

It was a rough night offensively for the Trojans as Crabtree completed only 3 of 10 passes for 15 yards and he was intercepted twice. He ran the ball 10 times for 36 yards.

Adams had a solid night running the ball for Barren County with 91 yards on 19 attempts.

Central head coach Bill Cox said the Trojans played tough, but his team’s speed was the difference.

“I have to give them a lot of credit, (the Trojans) play very tough, hard nose football,” he said. “They don’t have a lot of players. Their team is somewhat limited.”

Ayers finished 7 of 12 passing for 169 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Curry rushed six times for 117 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Barren County’s next game will be homecoming Friday night at 7:30 when district foe Marshall County comes to town.


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