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Tilghman, Union Fight for Home Playoff Game
By Eric Chumbler
WESTERN KENTUCKY - A home playoff spot is on the line Friday night as Union County visits McRight Field to take on Paducah Tilghman.

The Braves (7-1) have been one of the more surprising teams in western Kentucky, winning six of their first seven contests this season. Union’s lone loss of the season came to district leading Caldwell County, 39-7.

Union County started the season flying high offensively, scoring a minimum of 47 points in three of their first four games. The ground game has been the strength of the Braves so far, rushing for 1,314 yards in eight games. Christopher Bledsoe leads all rushers with 726 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Renato Savage also has six rushing touchdowns for Union County and 317 rushing yards.

Much like Union County, Paducah Tilghman’s offense is built around their rushing attack. Jordan Harmon leads all rushers for Tilghman with 564 rushing yards. Michael Barnes and Makel Askew lead the Blue Tornado in rushing touchdowns with four a piece.

The key matchup in this game will be Union County’s run defense versus Paducah Tilghman’s run game. The Blue Tornado (2-5) average 261 rushing yards a game, while Union County’s defense gives up just under 40 rushing yards per game. If the Blue Tornado can get over the 200 yard rushing mark Friday night, they’ll have a big opportunity to upset the Braves.

The Braves and the Blue Tornado kick off Friday night at McRight Field at 7pm.

 

The McCracken County Mustangs look to continue their impressive play and four game winning streak Friday night when they host the Choctaws of Dyer County (3-4).

The Mustangs (4-4) clinched the Class 6A District 1 championship for the fifth season in a row last Friday night with a 40-25 win over Henderson County. Sophomore quarterback Elijah Wheat had his best performance of the season with 175 yards passing and five touchdown passes. Senior wide receiver Landon Scheer was Wheat’s primary target. Scheer had 72 receiving yards on 7 receptions and two touchdowns. Senior Skylar Mayes also had two touchdown grabs for the Mustangs.

A balanced offense has been the story for McCracken County during the past month. For the first time in a month, the Mustangs were unable to achieve 200 rushing yards in a game against Henderson County, but still managed 167 yards rushing. During the current winning streak, the Mustangs have rushed for 743 yards; an average of just over 247 rushing yards a game.

The Mustangs have played exceptional football the last three weeks, now they’ll try to defeat their first out of state team of the season. The Mustangs dropped a 28-20 nail biter to Clarksville Northeast earlier this season, and McCracken fell to Glenbard North 35-3 a month ago.

The Choctaws and the Mustangs kick off Friday night at Marquette Stadium at 7pm.

 

Friday Night's Local Games
Fort Campbell at Caldwell County
Russellville at Fulton City
Crittenden County at Fulton County
Christian County at Graves County
Calloway County at Hopkinsville
Logan County at Madisonville
Ballard Memorial at Mayfield
Dyer County at McCracken County
Webster County at Murray
Union County at Paducah Tilghman
Hopkins County Central at Trigg County
Massac County at West Frankfort


Published 05:49 PM, Thursday Oct. 12, 2017
Updated 06:52 PM, Friday Oct. 13, 2017

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