Week 7 featured several noteworthy performances on football fields across the First Region. These are the top five.
Wheat takes McCracken over Daviess
McCracken County quarterback Elijah Wheat wasn’t necessarily statistically-dominant in Friday’s 50-36 win over Daviess County, but he made it count when he needed to.
Wheat was 7-of-15 for 184 yards, four touchdowns and an interception – to go with four carries for 70 yards and another score – for the Mustangs (5-2), who have won five games in a row after losing the first two this season.
Wheat’s touchdowns went for distance – with throws of 14, 23, 66 and 37 yards; and a run of 17 yards.
For the season, Wheat has thrown for 1,513 yards, 21 touchdowns and three interceptions.
McCracken hosts Dyer County (Tenn.) this week.
Stinson, Galbreath power Mayfield over Caldwell
Mayfield has been rolling after its 45-35 loss to McCracken County in Week 4.
In Friday’s 45-7 win over Fort Campbell, quarterback Jayden Stinson was 14-of-21 for 215 yards and three touchdowns – all in the first half – while running back Kylan Galbreath ran for 213 yards, including a 98-yard touchdown late in the first half, making it 35-7 with 1:03 until the break.
For the season, Stinson has thrown for 1,830 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Cardinals (6-1), while Galbreath has run for 809 yards and six touchdowns.
Mayfield is off this week.
Utley, McCalister almost perfect in blowout of Fort Campbell
Murray quarterback Hunter Utley was in the zone in a 49-17 win over Fort Campbell on Friday.
The senior signal-caller completed 8-of-9 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns.
Charvelle McCalister was on Friday, too, running seven times for 77 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers (5-1), who have won five in a row after losing their opener, 38-35 to Graves County.
Murray hosts Ballard Memorial this week.
Rocket runners decisive in shutout of Trigg
All but one of the assorted media members who voted in the Paducah Sun’s Week 7 football picks chose Trigg County to beat Crittenden County.
All but one made the wrong pick.
The Rockets blanked the Tigers, 32-0, handing Trigg its third loss in a row after starting the season 4-0.
Crittenden running back Xander Tabor ran 28 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns for the Rockets (4-2), who scored four times on the ground.
For the season, Tabor has run for 599 yards and six touchdowns.
Crittenden hosts Caverna this week.
Graves signal-caller Brown throws for 300 yards, 4 TDs in rout of Ohio County
Graves County quarterback John Ben Brown has struggled with consistency this year.
But, on Friday, he was exactly what the Eagles (3-3) needed.
Brown was 24-of-38 for 309 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 37-7 win over Ohio County.
For the season, Brown has thrown for 1,276 yards, 16 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Graves is at Grayson County this week.