Past, preset and future were all on hand Friday for Caldwell County's annual Hall of Fame night in Princeton in week 7 against Mayfield, and the two teams that squared off may very well see one another again in the Class 2A playoffs next month.
For 85 percent of the 2019 season up to this point, the Tigers (5-2) have been playing their brand of football, but the Class 2A State runner-up changed all of that. The Tigers had unarguably their biggest test on Friday night as the Cardinals (6-1) came into Princeton and grabbed a convincing 45-7 win at Tiger Stadium.
Also in search of their first win in the season series since 2013 (a 48-41 win when Purdue QB's Elijah Sindelar was at the helm in Princeton), the Tigers fell just short. The Cards won their sixth straight game in the season series with Caldwell, and continued to wreck havoc offensively since their lone blemish in a home loss to McCracken County in September.
Since then, Mayfield had scored at least 40 points per game, and outscored their last three opponents 135-14, but Caldwell County gave them an early fight before Stinson put it away in the second quarter.
Stinson finished with three first-half TD passes and 215 passing yards in 14 completions (14-of-21) and two of those went to Diaz Perry.
A TD run the length of the entire field by Kylan Galbreath (223 total rushing yards on the night) had the Tigers on the ropes.
Caldwell County did prevent turnovers and had some promising ball movement, with running-back De'Eric Hollowell running for 131 yards to lead Caldwell on the night.
Caldwell County had the benefit of a running clock in their last three contests, but Friday night would turn the fortunes the other way around, as Mayfield put on the running clock themselves early in the fourth quarter.
Mayfield scored on six straight drives.
After Kade Neely helped the Cardinals improve on their field position on a 4th and 1 near the redone, Markeacio Jackson punched home the first score of the game from short (his fifth TD of the season) to put Mayfield up 7-0 nearly six minutes into the game.
Hollowell nearly had his own moment, juking the entire Mayfield defense on the return, but fell on his own momentum before he could pursue the open gap for a touchdown return.
It didn't seem to matter, as Hollowell kept the drive alive to score his 12th TD of the season to tie it 7-7 with 3:02 remaining in the opening frame. A big catch by Tripp Branch at the three-yard line help set up Hollowell's lone score of the night.
Stinson (5-for-7 passing in the opening 12 minutes) found Perry on a 17-yard TD pass to regain the lead for Mayfield at 14-7 after the first quarter, and they never looked back.
Stinson and Perry made another similar connection in the opening moments of the second quarter, as Perry's second straight TD catch put the Tigers in a bit of a hole at 21-7.
Tre Arnold and Gabe Spalding paired up to take down Beshear and force another punt on a fourth down, and great field position put the Cardinals in the driver's seat for good at 27-7 via a score by Neely on Stinson's third straight scoring pass midway through the second quarter.
It was the Cardinals' fourth score in their fourth possession, but no score was more eye-popping than their fifth straight one.
In a plague-filled second half of the second quarter, the Tigers would receive a first down near midfield as Hollowell re-emerged offensively in the final two minutes of the half, but a 98-yard dash by Galbreath in the final 60 seconds sent the Cardinals into the half up comfortably at 35-7.
Caldwell County never truly recovered their footing in the second half, but Hollowell did have some nice yardage in the third frame.
Neely shook a tackle and came through the right side of the pylon for his second TD after the Cards survived a fourth down to up their advantage to 42-7 with the final dagger midway through the third quarter, opting against a chance at a running clock with an extra-point kick.
Stinson did throw an interception late in the third quarter that landed in the arms of Baron Wells, but the night was well in hand.
Micah Haley's field goal from 37-yards out sealed things with 9:04 remaining in the game to ignite a running clock the rest of the way at 45-7.
Also on Friday, local Modern Woodmen of America members honored former Tiger coach David Barnes as a hometown hero, who passed away just before the season began in August.
Barnes was recognized for his love of coaching, teaching, and being there when someone needed him.
Members of the Modern Woodmen Chapter 13122 presented coach Barnes' family with a certificate and a $100 award grant to be donated to the charitable organization of the honoree's choice. The Barnes Family chose the Vanderbilt Parkinson's Disease Research Fund to receive the donation.
The Tigers now look to week 8 as they host Fort Campbell at Tiger Stadium in their regular season home finale at 7 p.m. next Friday.
Tigers include 2019football Hall of Fame Class
The Caldwell County Tigers honored the newest Hall of Fame Class for 2019 at halftime against Mayfield in Princeton, inducting Will Barnes, Cameron Williams, Marc Kanipe, Chad Lane, Bob Hudson and statistician Gary Goodaker. All six inducted made their impacts in the early to mid 1990s and in the mid 2000s decade, with Goodaker being the only special contributer inductee.
Barnes, a current coach on the Tiger sideline, played quarterback under his father, David Barnes, from 2006-2008.
Barnes threw for nearly 6,000 passing yards his career and threw for seven TD passes against Reidland in 2008.
Williams was also a quarterback, while also making noise as a receiver for the Tigers with 837 receiving yards in 2006 under coach David Barnes in his first season.
Williams also scored six touchdowns against Crittenden County in 2006 in a 48-21 win, tying a record at the time.
Kanipe, a 1991 graduate, was a quarterback back in 1990 on a Tiger team that finished 9-2, and played alongside current interim coach Wayne McGowan .
Hudson, who went on to play for the Murray State Racers, made his name as an all-state lineman on the Tigers in the mid 1990s under Pat Gates.
Hudson was crucial in paving the way to the Tiger team that eventually won the KHSAA State Championship a few months after his graduation in December 1998 when they beat Danville in the title game.
Goodaker, a 1991 Caldwell County graduate, has been the longtime team statistician for the Tigers for over 20 years, going back to Caldwell County's state championship run in 1998.