GLASGOW — The Trojans were looking to follow an impressive season-opening win with another victory Friday night, but Amartae Rice had other ideas.
The Class 5A Woodford County running back gashed the Class 6A Barren County offense for three first half touchdowns and the Yellow Jackets cruised to a 37-7 win in the finale of the Trojan Trail Turf War.
Barren County(1-1) struck first when Dayvion Holloway sprinted for a 70-yard touchdown run on the Trojans’ second possession of the game.
The Yellow Jackets tied the score on the next drive. Rice had several big rushes during the series and scored on a two-yard run with 5:24 left in the first quarter.
Barren County found itself back in Woodford County territory on its next possession behind a 27-yard run by Tyler Bush. But the drive stalled after a penalty, and the Trojans were unable to convert a fourth down attempt.
Woodford County utilized its strong rushing attack to move inside the red zone on the next possession, and Rice finished the drive off with a short touchdown run to give the Yellow Jackets a 14-7 lead with 5:57 left in the first half.
Another turnover again hurt Barren County, as the Trojans fumbled the Woodford County kickoff and the Yellow Jackets recovered at the 40-yard-line.
A few plays later, Rice rumbled into the end zone from eight yards out, and Woodford County would enjoy a 21-7 lead at halftime.
The Yellow Jackets quickly moved into Barren County territory on the opening drive of the second half. Woodford County quarterback Bryce Patterson scampered into the end zone from five yards out and the Yellow Jackets led 28-7.
Bush caught a swing pass and ran 27 yards to move Barren County to the Woodford County 40-yard-line on the next possession. But on a fourth down play, the Yellow Jackets sacked Jameson Buie to end the threat.
Patterson threw a 25-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing drive for Woodford County to give the Yellow Jackets a 34-7 lead late in the third quarter and putting the game out of reach for the Trojans.
Barren County will host Adair County next Friday.