Caldwell County's latest regular-season demolishing that resulted in a running clock was a 40-0 decision on senior night over winless Fort Campbell (0-8) last Friday in the Tigers' regular season home finale in Princeton. It was their first shutout since October 2016, and looking at the remaining schedule, it might be their last for a while.
Fort Campbell suffered its 13th straight loss, as the Tigers got scores from De'Eric Hollowell, Tate VanHooser, Logan Smiley and kicker Blake Vivrette.
Caldwell and its dedicated fanbase withstood by far the coldest night of football yet this season, but if one thing was far from frozen, it was the score clock, running for the sixth time in Caldwell's eight games this season.
And though the Tigers (6-2) look refreshed after bouncing back from just their second loss of the season against Mayfield, Caldwell County is one of the only teams around western Kentucky that has yet to have their bye week.
Heading into Week 8 in a huge 2A dual against Murray, they have just one more opponent standing in their way of a much-needed break, but this one might be the most tell-tale regular-season game of them all.
Two very evenly matched teams are set to come into Ty Holland Stadium on Friday night as both are inching toward their seventh win of the season.
Caldwell County could finish 8-2 if they can come away from Murray with a W and finish off Trigg County on the road after a week of rest, but plenty of questions await an answer between now an the regular-season finale on Nov. 1.
Hollowell was able to rush for 71 yards, but the line will have to come together and quarterback Russ Beshear will have to have a much higher completion rate than 7-of-16 if Caldwell is going to pull off this next win.
The Murray Tigers (6-1) had high expectations coming into the 2019 season, and those expectations remain well into Week 8.
Murray comes in winners of its last six games since its lone blemish on opening night to Graves County, 38-35, in a game that already had a plethora of injuries.
The Tigers made the Region 1 Championship game last season, but did lose some key starters and talented seniors.
"The players' mentality is what makes them who they are," head coach Keith Hodge said. "They love competing and we hope they continue to thrive when the fourth quarter rolls around."
Caldwell County now makes its longest road trip of the season Oct. 18 to Murray for a highly-anticipated gridiron showdown against senior QB Hunter Utley (2,454 net passing yards with 26 TD passes a season ago and 176 pass completions in 316 attempts) and the Region 1 Tigers under coach Hodge at Ty Holland Stadium before taking its late-season bye week set for Oct. 25.
Murray was 8-5 last season with two playoff wins before running into a November buzzsaw in Mayfield.
These two Tiger teams have not crossed paths since 2014, five years since the Class 2A State Tournament third round where Murray advanced 47-28 to the state semifinals against DeSales in a 47-28 decision.
In 2012 and 2013, the two clubs faced each other twice per season (one in the playoffs and one in the regular season).
The last season series between Murray and Caldwell ran from 2007-2013 in a series that coach Barnes and former Murray skipper Lee Edwards started over a decade ago.
Murray won six of the 11 games played during that span, including two of the three playoff games.
Murray returns senior wide receivers Jaiden Jackson and Jorden Duffy, but will lose powerhouse running back Mark Thompson to graduation after an unforgettable 17-touchdown and 1,281 rushing-yard season.
After the late-October bye week, Caldwell County should be fully rested after Halloween night on Thursday to finish out the 2019 regular season at Trigg County to cap off their second road swing on Nov. 1.
Utley returns for his senior year after spending the last three seasons as the starting QB for the Tigers.
Jaiden Jackson (moving to safety after leading the team in tackles last season) and Jorden Duffy, both seniors, also return at the wide receiver spots to lead Murray.
Charvell McCallister and Dijon Miles (both juniors) return to the backfield for Murray after seeing reps there last season.
Gaige Jacobs returns at left tackle, and Kekoa Oliv will be a returning starter that has seen increased playing time from his junior year.
Sebastian Lawrence is also a significant college prospect who anchors the defensive line in his junior season.
Damon Boyd is making big plays at linebacker, and senior Tommy Waldrop has as much expected from him as any other starter.
Kayden Rogers returns in the secondary at the corner position, where he has been counted on as of late. Noah Merriss is the three-year starting kicker and linebacker who is another special senior ingredient.
Nick Baker also starts on both sides of the ball up front for Murray.
Murray has already had its share of big games, a big start to the season and some close rivals with tough district games; this one on Friday night with Caldwell County is just another one for the books.
The weather is expected to be a tad warmer than last week, with the expected game temps in the mid 50s.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night in Murray at Ty Holland Stadium for Week 9.
Week 7 Box Score
CALDWELL COUNTY 40, FORT CAMPBELL 0
Fort Campbell 0 0 0 0 - 0
Caldwell County 14 9 17 0 - 40
CC: De'Eric Hollowell 30-yard run (Blake Vivrette PAT GOOD) 7-0, 9:30 1Q
CC: Tate VanHooser 2-yard run (Blake Vivrette PAT GOOD) 14-0, :50 1Q
CC Tiger SAFETY- 16-0, 2:30 2Q
CC: Logan Smiley 15-yard pass from Beshear (PAT GOOD) 23-0, 2:01 2Q
CC: Tate VanHooser 1-yard run (PAT GOOD) 30-0, 9:51 3Q
CC: De'Eric Hollowell 2-yard run (Blake Vivrette PAT GOOD) 37-0, 6:39 3Q
CC Blake Vivrettte 20-yard FIELD GOAL- 40-0, 0:01 3Q
Caldwell County Week 7 Individual stats:
CC: DeEric Hollowell 11-71, Travion Samuel 3-41, Logan Smiley 4-35, Jamus Carneyhan 3-7, Tate VanHooser 3-6, Russ Beshear 4-(-31).
FC: KeDrick Eaddy 2-33, Jordan Edwards 6-10, Matthew Middleton 9 (-2)
CC:Russ Beshear 7-16 55 yards, Gabe Dyer 0-6 0 yards.
FC: Jordan Edwards 2-7 26 yards, Matthew Middleton 2-10 18 yards.
CC: Logan Smiley 2-21, Max Kramer 1-19, DeEric Hollowell 1-8, Baron Wells 1-4, Tate VanHooser 1-3, Tripp Branch 1-0.
FC:Greysen Meyer 2-26, Nathan Massey 1-26, Jordan Edwards 1-10, Nick Adams 1-8.
Blake Vivrette 5-5 PAT
CC: Elijah Shaheen 9, Travion Samuel 8, Ben Holt 7, Max Kramer 6, Devin Kilgore 5, Drew Davis 5, Aaron Hensley 5, John Paredes 3, Baron Wells 3, Tate VanHooser 3, Barrett Cotton 2, Jack Stevens 2, Brady Holeman 2.
Caldwell County 6-2
Week 8, Caldwell County (6-2) at Murray (6-1), 7 p.m.
Caldwell County Team stats
Rushing yards: 129 Rushing yards allowed: 26 Passing yards: 55 Total yards: 184 Passing yards allowed: 70 Pass attempts: 16 Rushing attempts: 28 (4 yards per rush) Catches: 7 3rd down conversions: 1-12 Turnovers: 1 Fumbles lost: 0 Turnovers forced: 2 Penalties: 4 (50 yards lost)