The high school football season started with a bang Friday night as both the Russellville and Logan County teams were in action.
The Panthers opened the season with a 36-20 win over Trigg County at Rhea Stadium, while the Cougars fell 41-0 to visiting Butler County.
Before its season opener, the Russellville football team honored three all-time greats in James “Sonny” Duncan (RHS ’ 56), Johnny Guion (RHS ’ 59), and Larry Johnson (RHS ’ 62), who served as honorary captains. All three captains are Russellville Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame Members and were SKY Conference “Players of the Year” during their senior seasons. Each home game this year at Rhea Stadium, in honor of the 75th year the football facility has been in use, honorary captains will be recognized prior to kickoff.
Once the game kicked off, the Panthers got off to a bit of a slow start, but took a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to a short touchdown by senior fullback Desmon Quarles.
Sophomore running back Johnny Drumgole then broke off a 47-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to make the score 14-0. Quarles scored again on a short run in the second quarter and the score at halftime was 22-0.
Trigg County finally got on the board in the third quarter, making the score 22-6.
The Panthers didn’t allow the Wildcats to get any closer, however.
Senior quarterback Tacorian Darden found sophomore MJ Jones for a long touchdown pass to make the score 29-6 early in the final quarter. Darden then added another fourth quarter touchdown pass - this time to Jacob Proctor - to go up 36-6 with five minutes left in the game.
Trigg County would add a couple of late touchdowns to make the score more respectable, but the Panthers easily held on for the victory.
Russellville (1-0) will now play at Fort Campbell this Friday night. Fort Campbell lost its season opener to Mayfield 45-0.
Logan County lost big in its season opener, the first game under new coach Steve Duncan. The Cougars fell 41-0 at home to Butler County, giving up all the points in the first half.
Logan County (0-1) has now lost 14 games in a row dating back to the 2012 season. The Cougars will try to get back on the winning track this week at South Warren. The Spartans won their season opener 34-14 over Warren East.