CALVERT CITY -- For several years, Jay Nimmo and Tyler Powell pushed each other as friends and teammates on the golf course.
On Tuesday, they did it again.
Nimmo, after shooting a 4-under 68 at the Calvert City Country Club, was crowned for the second season in a row the First Region boys' champion. Powell was three shots behind, finishing as the First Region runner-up.
Both, for consecutive seasons, are members of the region's team champion for the Marshals, who shot a 289 - 30 shots ahead of McCracken County.
"This is seven straight years that we've been on a team (together)," said Nimmo, who is committed to golf at Mississippi State when his high-school career concludes next year. "It's always been back-and-forth. I want to beat him. He wants to beat me. It's a lot of fun just pushing each other."
For Powell, who is committed to golf at Murray State, the final round of the year against regional opponents was, he said, his best.
"I was hitting the ball way better than I had all year," Powell said.
And, the Marshals were getting production down the line, too.
"Marshall County, we're not done yet," Powell said. "Trey, Preston and my little brother, they're going to carry them and hopefully go to state more after we leave."
Marshals coach Keith Bell was pleased with the round his entire team put together on its home course.
"As a team, when you have Jay and Tyler do what they do, really the key was having your No. 3, Cam (Camdyn McLeod) shoot a 74 and No. 4 (Trey Wall) shoot a 76, it's going to be a great day when you shoot those scores," Bell said.
There was, certainly, some disappointment for the Mustangs, who will, as a team, remain home from the state tournament - one of 16 teams across the state that, despite a runner-up finish, are mandated out of the state tournament for the first time, beginning this year.
Still, McCracken's No. 1, senior Connor Kirkham, will be in Bowling Green as an individual after shooting a 5-over 77.
"I didn't play well today," he said. "The last five holes, I fell apart. I just couldn't play golf the last five holes. I barely made it to state. I think it's a shame that one team gets to go to state as a team this year. I thought we'd be able to go. I totally forgot about the whole rule thing."
First-year McCracken coach Chris Gregory said he was proud of the effort his team put forth.
"My guys, they put together some really good rounds," Gregory said. "They had a few holes on the back-side that stepped in and got them a little bit. It would've been great if some of those holes didn't get them. I thought they played well. They fought hard and tried their best. There's not a whole lot more I can ask of them. A 319, finishing second, is still pretty good. Unfortunately, this year, it doesn't get you there.
"I am extremely happy with how Connor has played this fall. He's really played well. Sometimes, your senior year isn't always the easiest year to play golf. It seems like everything weighs a little bit more. He's got a good mentality toward things. He plays well and really tries to put things in perspective as he plays. He doesn't let a whole lot get to him. It's a good thing he didn't, because he had some tough holes coming in here. Had he let those get to him the way they could have, it could've been a totally different outcome, as far as him going to state is concerned."
Caldwell County golfer Austin Crick finished with a 98 score, and St. Mary came in third place as a team with 328. Trigg County was fourth overall (329).