After shaking off a slow start, the Graves County Eagles pummeled the Grayson County Cougars 42-19 on Friday night to advance to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Junior running back Clint McKee and senior quarterback John Ben Brown led the way for the Eagle offense.
McKee rushed for 143 yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns and Brown threw for 255 yards on 13-16 passing with three touchdowns.
Junior wide receiver Mason Grant also shined bright for the Eagles on Friday night, hauling in seven catches for 170 yards with one touchdown.
Graves County head coach Nick Kemp said while the sluggish start was less than ideal, he was happy to see his guys respond in the second half.
“I was really disappointed with how we came out,” Kemp said. “We talked about it for a couple of weeks about how this team wouldn’t be as easy as the first time we played them. We hadn’t played in a couple weeks and they had some miscues too so I was proud of how our guys responded after we got on them a little bit.”
Graves got out to a sluggish start against the Cougars, falling behind 13-7 in the second quarter as Grayson County running back Cadan Woodcock ran wild in the first half.
The Eagles managed to get their gears in motion towards the end of the first half as a pair of late touchdowns in the second quarter helped them secure a 21-13 halftime lead.
Out of the break, the Eagle defense dominated while the offense continued to fire on all cylinders.
Graves County held the Cougars scoreless in the second half while pouring on a few insurance points in route to a 42-13 win.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th FINAL
Grayson County 7 6 0 6 19
Graves County 7 14 21 0 42
Grayson County — Kaylor Decker 22 run (Aaron Lindsey kick), 8:36 1Q
Graves County — Clint McKee 1 run (Conner Thomas kick), 0:42, 1st
Grayson County — Cadan Woodcock 4 run (PAT no good), 7:04, 2nd
Graves County — Mason Grant 54 pass from Brown (Conner Thomas kick), 6:48, 2nd
Graves County — Clint McKee 4 run (Conner Thomas kick), 2:26, 2nd
Graves County — Race Richards 4 pass from Brown (Conner Thomas kick), 8:04, 3rd
Graves County — Clint McKee 39 run (Conner Thomas kick), 4:46, 3rd
Graves County — Race Richards 14 pass from Brown (Conner Thomas kick), 1:22, 3rd
Grayson County — Cadan Woodcock 4 run (Two-point conversion no good), 1:38, 4th
Time of Possession
RUSHING—Grayson County, Woodcock 25-102, Decker 12-64, Miller 2-36 Graves County, McKee 18-143, Felts 4-27.
PASSING—Grayson County, Decker 7-12-1-77. Graves County, Brown 13-16-0-255, Defreitas 1-1-0-8.
RECEIVING—Grayson County, Bratcher 5-49, Martin 1-17, Woodcock 1-11. Graves County, Grant 7-170, Richards 4-39, McKee 1-33, Madding 2-21.