McCracken County lets it out with 65-26 win over Graves County

ERIC WALKER/The Mayfield Messenger

McCracken County's Jeremiah Hughes takes off for a 33 yard touchdown run to give the Mustangs a 17-0 lead in the first quarter Friday over Graves County.

MAYFIELD -- McCracken County let out a lot of frustrations and Graves County experienced plenty as the Mustangs spoiled the Eagles' home opener Friday by a 65-26 margin.

It was McCracken's first win following opening losses to Paducah Tilghman and Bowling Green. Across the gridiron, it was Graves' first loss after an opening win over Murray two weeks ago.

Mustang junior running back Hunter Bradley, who has missed much of the young season due to back issues, was a dagger against the Eagles. He knifed his way with 322 rushing yards off 28 carries and accounted for five touchdowns. McCracken County, as a team, amassed 601 total yards and 441 rushing yards.

Head coach Marc Clark, however, credited the entire team, especially his offensive line, for earning the win.

"Everybody wants to talk about Bradley, (Franklin Hayes) and Elijah (Wheat), but our offensive line has played well all year thus far," he said. "It was a full team effort."

The Mustangs led 17-0 in the first quarter before Graves County (1-1) got on the scoreboard in the second frame with a 9-yard pass from quarterback John Ben Brown to Kyler Madding in the back corner of the end zone. Wheat then connected with Hayes for 54 yards, but saw the Eagles close the gap to 23-14 at intermission with a 2-yard run by Cody Goatley.

In the second half's start, both teams went toe-to-toe in scoring, but the Mustangs (1-2) ripped off 35 points in the third quarter, with Bradley accounting for 21 of those points.

Hayes, meanwhile, led all receivers with 151 yards off four catches and three scores. Wheat threw for 160 yards on a 5-of-9 night.

Clint McKee led Graves County's rush attack with 90 yards. Goatley accounted for another Eagle rushing TD and Nelson Browning scored off a 64-yard pass from Brown in the third frame.

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McCracken Co. 17 6 35 7 -- 65

Graves Co. 0 14 12 0 -- 26

SCORING

MC-Hunter Bradley 4 run, Ben Schofield kick; 7:45, 1Q.

MC-Schofield 20 FG; 1:15, 1Q.

MC-Jeremiah Hughes 33 run, Schofield kick; 0:15, 1Q.

GC-Kyler Madding 9 pass from John Ben Brown, Conner Thomas kick; 4:59, 2Q.

MC-Franklin Hayes 54 pass from Elijah Wheat, 2 pt. run failed; 1:39, 2Q.

GC-Cody Goatley 2 run, Thomas kick; 0:36, 2Q.

MC-Bradley 4 run, Schofield kick; 10:25, 3Q.

GC-Nelson Browning 64 pass from Brown, 2 pt. failed; 9:22, 3Q.

MC-Bradley 52 run, Schofield kick; 9:13, 3Q.

MC-Hayes 10 pass from Wheat, Schofield kick; 5:37, 3Q.

MC-Bradley 24 run, Schofield kick; 3:15, 3Q.

GC-Goatley 20 run, 2 pt. pass failed; 1:54; 3Q.

MC-Hayes 82 pass from Wheat, Schofield kick; 0:20, 3Q.

MC-Bradley 15 run, Schofield kick; 4:32, 4Q.

TEAM STATISTICS

McCracken - First downs: 21. Rushing yards: 441. Passing yards: 160. Total

yards: 601. Penalties-yards: 2-30. Fumbles-lost: 0.

Graves - First downs: 17. Rushing yards: 169. Passing yards: 170. Total

yards: 339. Penalties-yards: 3-30. Fumbles-lost: 2-2.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing: McCracken-Hunter Bradley: 28-322; Jeremiah Hughes: 11-99.

Graves-Clint McKee: 13-90; Cody Goatley: 13-47.

Passing: McCracken-Elijah Wheat: 5-9-160, 3 TDs, 0 int. Graves-John Ben

Brown: 13-30-170, 2 TDs, 0 int.

Receiving: McCracken-Franklin Hayes: 4-151. Graves-Nelson Browning: 3-94;

race Richards: 4-39; Kyler Madding: 2-27.

Records: McCracken County (1-2). Graves County (1-1).

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