|Revenge in the ‘Cards’ for Mayfield at Fulton |
|Posted: Monday, October 27, 2008 6:47 pm |
|Revenge was certainly sweet for Mayfield. |
The Cardinals, who saw a 51-game Class A winning streak broken last season when they faced Fulton City in the regular season, destroyed the Bulldogs 49-8 on Friday.
The victory sets the four playoff teams for the Kentucky First District in stone as Mayfield will host Ballard Memorial in the first round of the playoffs Nov. 14 and Fulton City will travel to league champion Crittenden County.
Still, having the playoff berth clinched and knowing who to prepare for was little consolation for FC head coach Wayne Lohaus and his troops after Friday’s defeat.
The Bulldogs experimented offensively with multiple formations, including the wishbone, shotgun, double slot and the I-set.
However, when all was said and done, not one of the aforementioned offensive schemes was able to deter the Cardinals.
“We were really rusty after the off-week,” Lohaus said afterward. “We didn’t play very good defense and our secondary blew coverage quite a bit.
“Overall, it was what I’d term pitiful as we played some pretty shabby football.”
Mayfield (4-4, 3-1) was in the driver’s seat from the opening whistle.
The Cardinals totaled four touchdowns in the first quarter and six scores overall in the first half.
Eric Noonan made the first trip to paydirt on a one-yard dive with 8:41 remaining in the opening quarter and Gary Walton scored the second Mayfield touchdown on a 55-yard touchdown reception from Luke Guey, who finished the game a near perfect 9-of-10 passing with 273 yards.
Otherwise in the first period, Tyrese Murrell — who totaled 101 rushing yards on 11 carries — sliced in from four yards out and Jamarius Wilson hauled in a 41-yard Guey aerial at the 1:11 mark to give the visitors a comfortable 28-0 lead after a period.
During the second quarter, Xavier Shelton accounted for both Cardinal touchdowns as he brought down a 60-yard pass that he took to paydirt and he return an interception for six points.
In the third quarter, Fulton City finally got on the board as Aaron Wilson found David Kirby for a 21-yard touchdown. The Bulldogs (2-5, 1-3) elected to attempt the two point conversion and it was Wilson who was on the receiving end of a successful aerial from Jacquise Lockett.
Mayfield laughed last, though, as Jarrod Noonan dove across the goalline from a yard out early in the fourth quarter for the final six-pointer of the outing.
The Cardinals did a good job of keeping Fulton City’s 1-2 punch of Lockett and Wilson in check as the former was held to 59 yards on the ground and the latter 56 over the course of Friday’s drubbing.
Defensively, Demarquis Young led the way for the Bulldogs with four stops, with Wilson and Lockett each accounting for three takedowns.
FC returns to action on Thursday as they host Lone Oak in a game that was originally scheduled for Friday evening but moved due to Halloween travel concerns, according to Lohaus. Mayfield is slated to host Marshall County on Friday.