MAYFIELD – Replacing Kent Trey Matthews in the backfield seemed like a tall order for Mayfield during the offseason.
As it turns out, it’s not as much of a challenge as some may believe.
The Cardinals combined to run for 217 yards Friday night in a 45-22 season-opening win over Memphis (Tenn.) Lausanne Collegiate at War Memorial Stadium.
“(There were) a whole lot of open holes,” said Mayfield senior Markeacio Jackson, who ran twice for 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns. “We don’t have a big line or anything, but they’ve got big hearts. I give it to our linemen. They did their part.”
Markeacio Jackson on the win. pic.twitter.com/8AQPMGEro9— Al Willman (@AlWillmanSports) August 24, 2019
Jackson opened the scoring on a 43-yard run through several would-be tacklers, capping a 99-yard scoring drive he helped create with a fumble recovery at the Lausanne 1-yard line. With 5:51 left in the first quarter, the Cardinals led 7-0.
Kade Neely – normally a receiver – took a direct snap from center Lucas Henley 17 yards. Micah Haley’s second extra point made it 14-0 with 8:20 until halftime.
After a 1-yard touchdown run from Lausanne quarterback Kyle Lowe put the Lynx on the board with 4:08 left, Mayfield responded.
Alonzo Daniel pulled in a four-yard catch from Jayden Stinson on a receiver screen with 1:55 to go. Haley’s kick made it 21-7.
Neely followed with a 12-yard touchdown catch before halftime and at the break, Mayfield was ahead 28-7.
The buffer was enough for Mayfield’s defense, which allowed 329 total yards, despite a pair of second-half touchdowns for Lausanne.
“A huge play for us, no doubt about it, was when we stopped them down there at the 1-yard line,” Mayfield coach Joe Morris said. “We got the turnover and went 99 yards. That was a great drive for us. Early in the season, if we force some turnovers, that’s what’s going to happen. Our kids kept fighting against a very, very good football team.
Kylan Galbreath took the lion’s share of the work in the backfield, with 23 carries for 114 yards for the Cardinals.
“We’ve got different types of running backs,” Jackson said. “Tra’ (Travon Halliburton) is a speed back. Kylan is a speed back. But, when we need yards, they put me in there. I’m a big back.”
During the game, Mayfield’s coaches all wore grey shirts that read “Parkinson’s Awareness” and on the back read, “Coach Barnes” for Caldwell County football coach David Barnes, who died last Saturday morning at the age of 59 after a two-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Each player in the West Kentucky Conference this season is wearing a helmet decal that reads, “Barnes Strong” in addition to Mayfield’s decal honoring former Cardinals coach Paul Leahy, who died in January.
Mayfield 7 21 10 7 – 45
Lausanne Collegiate 0 7 7 8 – 22
Mayfield: Markeacio Jackson 43 run (Micah Haley kick), 7-0, 5:51 1Q
Mayfield: Kade Neely 17 run (Haley kick), 14-0, 8:28 2Q
Lausanne: Kyle Lowe 1 run (Max Gilbert kick), 14-7, 4:08 2Q
Mayfield: Alonzo Daniel 4 catch from Jayden Stinson (Haley kick), 21-7, 1:55 2Q
Mayfield: Neely 12 catch from Stinson (Haley kick), 28-7, 13.7 2Q
Mayfield: Jackson 34 run (Haley kick), 35-7, 8:23 3Q
Mayfield: Haley 27 kick, 38-7, 3:22 3Q
Lausanne: Nick Floyd 4 catch from Lowe (Gilbert kick), 38-14, 53.8 3Q
Lausanne: AJ Dillworth 68 catch from Lowe (Pass good), 38-22, 6:04 4Q
Mayfield: Neely 3 run (Haley kick), 45-22, 4:33 4Q
Mayfield: Kylan Galbreath 23-114-0, Jayden Stinson 5-4-0, Markeacio Jackson 2-78-2, Kade Neely 3-16-1; Lausanne: Craig Cunnngham 27-89-0, Kyle Lowe 16-94-1, KJ Sneed 5-15-0.
Mayfield: Jayden Stinson 19-25-233-2-1; Lausanne: Kyle Lowe 6-9-117-2-1.
Mayfield: Diaz Perry 5-62-0, Alonzo Daniel 6-80-1, Kade Neely 4-47-1, Tony Parrott 2-32-0, Tate Puckett 2-12-0; Lausanne: AJ Dillworth 2-92-1, Nick Floyd 1-18-1
Mayfield: 1-0; Lausanne: 0-1