Tigers win district rout at Homecoming over Ballard Memorial

Junior lineman Drew Davis (55) scoops up a blocked punt and pushes it into the end zone for a Tiger score against visiting Ballard Memorial in both teams’ district opener Friday night.

Caldwell County thumps Ballard Memorial, 50-8

The Caldwell County football team scored 36 points in the first quarter en route to the 50-8 win over visiting Ballard Memorial Friday night.

The game featured Senior Night and Homecoming for CCHS, and was the Class 2A District 1 opener for both teams.

Caldwell County (2-1 overall, 1-0 in 2A District 1) scored on the opening kickoff, when senior Baron Wells found an open seam and returned it 81 yards. Junior Blake Vivrette’s kick gave the Tigers a quick 7-0 lead.

The ensuing drive for Ballard Memorial (0-3, 0-1)fizzled, and the Tigers blocked the punt attempt. Junior Drew Davis scooped up the ball and dove across the goal line for another Tiger TD. Vivrette’s kick made it 14-0 with 9:19 left in the first quarter.

After another short Bomber drive, on Caldwell County’s first play from scrimmage, senior Russ Beshear found senior Layton Hammett on a 66-yard touchdown pass down the far sideline. Vivrette’s kick gave CCHS a 21-0 lead with 7:08 left in the first quarter.

Ballard Memorial’s next drive stalled, and the snap on the punt attempt was low. The Tiger defense fell on the ball at the BMHS 3-yard line.

On the next play, Beshear hit senior Clayton Woford on a quick TD pass. Vivrette’s kick made the score 28-0 with 4:09 left in the first period.

On Ballard Memorial’s next drive senior Nick Sherrill picked off a Bomber pass and returned it 16 yards for another defensive score. Senior Travion Samuel ran the two-point conversion to give Caldwell County a 36-0 lead with 2:20 left in the first quarter.

The next drive for BMHS was halted at the Bomber 40, and the punt placed the Tigers at their own 37.

After making a first-down run into Bomber territory, junior quarterback Jack Stevens called his own number again around the right side for 47 yards and another Tiger TD. Vivrette’s kick gave CCHS a 43-0 lead with 7:29 left in the first half, where it would remain until intermission.

With a big lead, the Tigers were able to play several players in the last three quarters. With more than a 35-point lead, the clock continued to run in the second half except for timeouts and penalties.

Ballard Memorial began the half in earnest, getting as far as midfield before being forced to punt, placing the Tigers at their own 13-yard line.

After a three-yard loss on a running play, sophomore Jamus Carneyhan took the ball again and flew 90 yards down the left sideline for another Tiger TD. The extra-point kick by freshman Timothy Nichols gave CCHS a 50-0 lead with 2:57 left in the third quarter.

Ballard Memorial got on the scoreboard on its next drive. Beginning at their own 33, the Bombers opened with a 19-yard run by Aiden Riley, then alternated rushes by Riley and Carson Buchanan to get to the CCHS 6.

Riley took the ball into the end zone for a Ballard Memorial touchdown with 5:09 left in the game. The two-point conversion run by Buchanan sealed the score at 50-8.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for the (Ballard Memorial) kids and their program,” said CCHS head coach Will Barnes. “They brought about 18 kids out here, and from start to finish, they played hard all night. I give a lot of credit to those guys, because that’s not an easy thing to do.

“We started out the game like we wanted to. If you go back to the game last year (which CCHS won 57-16 at Ballad Memorial), and they had a kickoff return and kind of hung around and made a game of it. We didn’t do that this year. It was good to get out on them early.”

Barnes said he was happy to let his starters rest more during this game, especially considering the Tigers have a tough game this Friday at district rival Mayfield.

“A lot of those guys who played a lot of snaps for us in the first two games didn’t get a whole lot of snaps tonight,” he said. “I’m OK with that. We played a pretty physical first two games, and we were banged up — not too bad — but they got in, did what they were supposed to, and we were able to get some other guys in there.”

Mayfield (2-1, 0-0) beat visiting Union County Friday night 36-20 and will host Caldwell County at 7 p.m. Friday.

Caldwell County added a game to fill the open date caused by Fort Campbell High School canceling its fall sports seasons. The Tigers will visit Glasgow on Oct. 9. The Scotties (2-1) play in Class 3A.