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Football - Mustangs top Colonels to take district crown
10/11/2017 11:02 AM
After a wild offensive battle for most of the night, McCracken County's defense made three consecutive stops late in the game to secure the 6-A First District championship with a 40-25 victory over Henderson County Friday at Colonel Stadium.

The Mustangs (4-4) took a 33-25 lead on a 38-yard touchdown run by Taeshawn Allen with 6:29 left in the third quarter, then the defense took over to keep Henderson County (3-5) scoreless the rest of the way.

"Henderson did some stuff we weren't prepared for. We were able to clean that up in the second half," McCracken County coach Marc Clark said. "We had to make a bigger emphasis on stopping (Henderson County quarterback Skip Patterson). He's a tremendous football player, tough as nails. In the second half, we got Skyler (Mayes) on him. There weren't too many places he was going to go that Skyler wasn't going to locate him."

After rushing for 163 yards on 15 carries in the first half, Patterson finished with 170 yards on 28 carries.

On the other side of the ball, it was Allen who put up the big numbers in the second half. After having just 16 yards on five carries in the first half, McCracken's senior running back had 98 yards on 10 carries in the second half.

"In the first half, we attacked their run game and got the penetration we needed," Henderson County coach Josh Boston said. "In the second half, we played their east-to-west game. We don't have the speed that they have.

"When you play that east-to-west game, they are going to find a seam and hit it."

The Mustangs added some cushion midway through the fourth quarter when quarterback Elijah Wheat hit Andrew Vanderford with a 13-yard scoring strike that extended the margin to 40-25 with 7:08 to play.

Wheat completed 12-of-23 passes for 157 yards but did hit for four touchdown passes.

"We let guys loose that never should have got loose. All of their touchdown passes were guys that were wide open because we weren't focused on our coverage," Boston said.

After the teams played to a 19-19 tie in the first half, Wheat started the second half with a 53-yard pass to Mayes, who was open on the McCracken sideline, for his second touchdown of the game.

Henderson County answered on a 19-yard pass from Patterson to tight end Ian Pitt but a blocked PAT left the Mustangs in the lead at 26-25 with 7:21 left in the third quarter.

Patteron's powerful legs carried Henderson County to three touchdowns in the first half. A 25-yard scramble on third-and-long after he could not find an open receiver set up the game's first touchdown on a 4-yard run by Dada Simpson.

A muffed punt return gave McCracken the ball at the Colonel 16 and set up a tying touchdown by Landon Scheer on an 8-yard run.

Scheer scored his second touchdown of the half on a 5-yard pass from Wheat following his 11-yard reception on fourth-and-8 from the Colonel 29 earlier in the drive.

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McCracken Co. 6 13 14 7 - 40

Henderson Co. 6 13 6 0 - 25

SCORING

Henderson Co: Dajuan Simpson 4 yd run (John Logan PAT failed), 0-6, 9:09 1Q

McCracken Co: Landon Scheer 7 yd pass from Elijah Wheat (2PT failed), 6-6, 7:07 1Q

McCracken Co: Scheer 5 yd pass from Wheat (Samuel Powless kick), 13-6, 9:57 2Q

Henderson Co: Skip Patterson 52 yd run (Logan kick), 13-13, 7:52 2Q

McCracken Co: Skyler Mayes 30 yd pass from Wheat (2PT failed), 19-13, 6:35 2Q

Henderson Co: Shane Welshans 8 yd run (Logan kick failed), 19-19, 1:39 2Q

McCracken Co: Mayes 53 yd pass from Wheat (Powless kick) 26-19, 10:30 3Q

Henderson Co: Ian Pitt 19 yd pass from Patterson (Logan kick failed), 26-25, 3Q

McCracken Co: TaeShawn Allen 38 yd run (Powless kick), 33-25, 3Q

McCracken Co: Vanderford 13 yd pass from Wheat (Powless kick) 40-25, 4Q

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RUSHING LEADERS

McCracken Co: Allen (15-115-1) Hayes (3-26-0); Henderson Co: Patterson (27-171-1) Welshans (9-44-1)

PASSING LEADERS

McCracken Co: Wheat (13-25-175-5); Henderson Co: Patterson (6-11-67-1) Greenwell (1-2-6-0)

RECEIVING LEADERS

McCkracken Co: Scheer (7-72-2) Mayes (2-83-2); Henderson Co: Hargis (4-31-0) Welshans (2-23-0)

RECORDS

McCkracken Co: 4-4(3-0); Henderson Co: 3-5(2-1)

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