In 1913, the US Postal Service began parcel post deliveries. Parachutes were invented that year, as were windshield wipers and the crossword puzzle some of you may start working on after you finish this story.

Two world wars have been fought since then.

Also in 1913, student-athletes from Paducah Tilghman and Mayfield provided for the first time something else that would go on to become commonplace – a game of football once a year.

106 years later, they’re about to do it again.

Only one rivalry in Kentucky has gone longer. Louisville Male and Manual High have been playing each other since 1893.

For Mayfield, there’s the added importance of winning the last 13 meetings against Tilghman — most recently 51-27 last season.

Coming off a 27-22 win over Hopkinsville last week, where the Cardinals (2-0) had to rally, quarterback Jayden Stinson said his team needs to take a different approach than it did last week.

“We know that Tilghman is going to be ready to play,” said Stinson, who was 11-of-23 for 318 yards and three touchdowns last week. “We wanted to have a good week of practice and I think that we’ve done that. Last week, our practice intensity was down. Nobody really acted like they wanted to be there. This week, I feel like we brought back that energy and we’re all ready to play this game, for sure.”

In last year’s game, which featured Malachi Kirby returning the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, Mayfield running back Kent Trey Matthews stole the show — running 32 times for 256 yards and four touchdowns.

Matthews graduated in the spring, but the Cardinals offense is still seeing red.

“For me, it’s just stepping up and being more of a leader,” said Stinson of what he sees as

Mayfield’s biggest obstacle at this point in the season. “I know, at times, it’s tough when nobody has any energy around you. Going into the fourth quarter (Friday), we rallied the troops and we brought back some energy and we got back on top. That’s what really gave us momentum.”

For Tilghman coach Jonathan Smith, who spent four years on the field for Mayfield in the rivalry and is now in his second year at the helm for the Blue Tornado, Tilghman-Mayfield week isn’t one he has to worry about as much from a coaching perspective.

That helps for the Blue Tornado (2-0), who are coming off a 50-21 win over Louisville Holy Cross at Louisville Central on Saturday.

“I think, again this season, we have a very mature senior class,” Smith said. “The majority of our seniors this year had a lot of playing time last year. This is definitely not a week where I need to make sure my guys are self-motivated to do anything.”

Mayfield leads the all-time series, 48-47-10.

This week’s top games

Game of the Week: Great American Rivalry Series, Paducah Tilghman vs. Mayfield

When: Friday, 7

Where: McRight Field, Paducah

Notable: Mayfield enters this game — the 106th — having won the last 13 in a row.

Prediction: Mayfield by 28

Graves County vs. McCracken County

When: Friday, 7

Where: Graves County High School, Mayfield

Notable: The Mustangs (0-2) are coming off a 42-14 loss to Bowling Green, which they led 14-0 midway through the second quarter. Elijah Wheat was 23-of-39 for 316 yards and two touchdowns, while Franklin Hayes had eight catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles (1-0) were off last week.

Quotable: “We have had a very challenging schedule the first two games and this will be no exception. Graves County has a very talented and experienced team, that has had two weeks to prepare for us.” — McCracken County coach Marc Clark

“McCracken has a big physical offensive line that we have control with our defensive line if we want to control their running game. Franklin Hayes is a great athlete that can take one to the house on any play. We have to contain him and prevent the big plans we gave up against Murray.” — Graves County interim coach Nick Kemp

Prediction: McCracken County by 10

Caldwell County vs. Hopkinsville

When: Friday, 7

Where: Stadium of Champions, Hopkinsville

Notable: The Tigers (2-0) are coming off a 43-21 thrashing of Apollo last Friday. DeEric Hollowell had 10 carries for 95 yards and three touchdowns in the first quarter.

Prediction: Caldwell by 14

Murray vs. Marshall County

When: Friday, 7

Where: Ty Holland Stadium, Murray

Notable: The Tigers (1-1) won last week’s Crosstown Classic against Calloway County, 40-7. Hunter Utley was 19-of-31 for 288 yards and four touchdowns. The Marshals (1-1) lost 43-6 to Madisonville-North Hopkins last week. Quinn Smith was 7-of-11 for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Quotable: “The Murray game is a big test for our program early in the season. They are playing good football right now and we’re going to have to be able to defend the whole field against Hunter Utley and their passing game to have success. Offensively we need to be able to establish drives and protect the football. We’re still trying to create depth in some spots and expand what we do on both sides of the ball.” — Marshall County coach Evan Merrick

Other notable games

Ballard Memorial vs. Crittenden County

When: Friday, 7

Where: Ballard Memorial High School, La Center

Prediction: Crittenden by 28

Calloway County vs. Trigg County

When: 7, Friday

Where: Jack D. Rose Stadium, Murray

Prediction: Trigg County by 24

Fulton City vs. Fulton County

When: Friday, 7

Where: Fulton City High School, Fulton

Prediction: Fulton County by 35

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