Mayfield to Get Early Test at Warren Central
By Joe Jackson
BOWLING GREEN, KY - High school football gets underway tonight in Kentucky and one of the best week one match-ups is here in western Kentucky. Mayfield travels to Bowling Green tonight to take on the Dragons of Warren Central. The game, scheduled to kick off at 8 pm, is part of the Fruit of the Loom Bowl.
Both teams had big seasons last year and both teams want to start the season with a win. But both teams have some holes to fill from graduation.
Mayfield finished 14-1 a year ago, losing to Hazard 24-6 in the Class 1A state championship game. At least one preseason poll has the Cardinals ranked as the No.1 Class 1A team this year.
The Cardinals graduated a lot of fire power on offense. They lost three of their top four receivers in William Higginson, Shain Ross and Louis Love. Those three accounted for over 1,500 receiving yards a year ago.
However, Mayfield still has some weapons on offense. Quarterback Jake Guhy threw for over 2,200 yards last year with 23 touchdowns. And receiver Jordan Brown returns after racking up more than 450 receiving yards last year. Joining Brown in the receiving corps this year will be Mikie Mix, Marshall Bacon and Tearron Sherrill.
And the Cardinals still have running back Jonathon Jackson, who rushed for over 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns last year. Jackson will be helped out in the backfield this year by Stuart Mills and Dondre Jackson.
On defense, the Cardinals lack size up front, but Jackson anchors the linebackers again this year after leading the team with 156 tackles last season. The secondary will be led by Jordan Brown and Chase Sevic.
Warren Central also went deep into the playoffs last year. They finished 11-2, losing to Bowling Green 52-19 in the Class 5A regional finals. The Dragons are coached by former Graves County head coach Mike Rogers, who runs the Wing-T offense. One preseason poll has the Dragons ranked No. 3 in Class 5A.
Warren Central also graduated a lot of offensive fire power. The Dragons graduated almost 4,000 yards of offense but still returns four-year starter Michael Bush at quarterback.
Kevin Reed has moved to fullback this year after playing sparingly at running back the last two seasons. Chris Porter Burton is an athletic wide receiver and will line up under center at times as well. Byron Carver is a real threat at tight end.
On defense, the Dragons return four defensive linemen, led by senior nose tackle Darius Lancaster. Emmitt Smith, one of the state’s best sophomores starts at middle linebacker. And Randall Green runs the secondary. He was an All-Conference performer at cornerback last year.
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