The Christian County High School football team took on the Mayfield Cardinals in a preseason matchup Thursday night at Stadium of Champions in Hopkinsville.
The scrimmage was Blake Ladson’s first as head coach of the Colonels as he looks to turn the program around.
Just 14 seconds into the first quarter, the Class 2A Mayfield Cardinals returned the opening kickoff to the end zone and converted the PAT for an early 7-0 lead over the Christian County Colonels. Then with 5:22 left in the first quarter, the Cardinals put it home on a short run and converted the PAT to take a 14-0 lead. Early in the second quarter on second and 6, the Cardinals continued their run game into the end zone and converted the PAT to make it 21-0. With 6:15 to go in the half, the Cardinals tossed a perfect spiral, converted the PAT, and made it 28-0. Then with 2:03 left in the first half, the Cardinals extended their lead to 35-0.
With just 1:48 left in the half, Christian County found a gap in the Mayfield defense and made a run for it. They opted to go for two and converted for a score of 35-8. But Mayfield wasn’t done with their first half onslaught as they converted on a late field goal to make it 38-8 at the half.
Despite the late run and two-point conversion for the Colonels, the story of the first half was clear with the Cardinals showing they meant business. The Cardinals exploited the Colonels’ defense with their run game and occasional air attack to blow it wide open early.
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Mayfield continued to show the strength of their ground game with a deep run early in the third quarter. The Cardinals nearly lost possession when the ball carrier fumbled the ball before it was recovered by the offense. Mayfield would then convert a field goal to make it 41-8. Then with just under six minutes to go in the quarter, the Cardinals punched it in once again. Mayfield converted the PAT and the score read 48-8. Mayfield’s assault on the Colonels continued at the 4:18 mark when they put it home to increase their lead to 54-8.
The fourth quarter saw no scoring, but two injuries. The first one wasn’t serious with the player being able to walk off mostly under his own power. However, the second one saw a Mayfield player go down, get carried off the field, and later loaded in an ambulance.
“Well one thing, the fact that our guys didn’t quit, we kept fighting, even though the scoreboard didn’t go nowhere near our way, we saw some improvements as we continued to play so we saw some sparks there,” Ladson said. “We thought the receivers played pretty well and actually we blocked up front pretty well, so we seen some improvements there.”
The Colonels have one more scrimmage on the road next week before opening the regular season on the 19th at 7 p.m. at home against Caldwell County.