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McCracken wins OT thriller over Mayfield

By Mike Stunson mstunson@paducahsun.com

It was an instant classic at Marquette Stadium on Friday night, as the McCracken County football team found a way to beat a premier western Kentucky rival for the second straight week.

Mayfield erased a 17-point McCracken lead to send the game to overtime, but a failed two-point conversion in the OT gave the game to the Mustangs, 38-37, in a game the estimated 6,000 people at Mustangs home field will not forget.

McCracken scored first in the overtime on a 1-yard sneak from Zyaire Hughes. When Trajon Bright scored the ensuing touchdown for Mayfield, Cardinals coach Joe Morris opted to send his offense back out there to go for the win.

Bright took the handoff from Landon Arnett, and in his pursuit to the left side gap, he was met by several McCracken players to drop him for a loss to end the game.

While Bright couldn't win it for the Cardinals, they wouldn't have even been able to get to the overtime without him. The sophomore running back had rushing touchdowns of 48 and 50 yards in the second half, the latter coming off his own interception snag.

That first Bright touchdown tied the game at 24-24 to end the third quarter, setting up a breathtaking fourth quarter beginning with Hughes giving McCracken the lead back by finding Cole Womack for a 67-yard touchdown. 

Bright's second touchdown tied the game at 31-31 with 4:09 left, and that was followed by a drive from Hughes and the Mustangs into the Mayfield 10.

With 45 seconds left Cameron Hartig had a 25-yard field goal try to give the lead back to the Mustangs, but his kick was blocked to set up the overtime.

Hughes and Cash Jones split time at quarterback in the game, with Hughes going for a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown from Jones in the first half to put McCracken in full control up 17-0 after a field goal from Hartig.

Four Mayfield turnovers in the first half spelled the end of solid drives, though they did cut into their deficit with Bright's first of four touchdowns with 6:48 left in the second quarter.

McCracken's Rasheed Jones and Mayfield's Jordan Tyler traded touchdowns in the third quarter, and Sidney Hartig cut the deficit to 24-17 with his late-third quarter field goal for the Cardinals.

Bright tied things up to end the third quarter, as Mayfield erased the 17-point lead in a quarter and a half.

Hughes threw for 263 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, while also running it 11 times for 49 yards and two touchdowns, and hauling in four receptions for 66 yards and yet another score.

Rasheed Jones had eight receptions for 81 yards for the Mustangs before leaving in the fourth with an injury. Cash Jones proved to be a secondary weapon at QB by throwing for 148 yards.

For Mayfield, the area got welcomed to Landon Arnett as the sophomore had 170 yards on 19 completions, with Marshall Bacon leading the way with his 70 yards on seven receptions.

Bright had over 100 yards of his game-high 134 yards in the second half, and his backfield teammate Tyler added 74 yards.

The McCracken win comes a year after it lost to Mayfield by one point. They have beaten both Mayfield and McCracken this year, the two teams they lost to last year before going on a 9-game win streak

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