There were still nine minutes left in the first half when South Warren forced a running clock.

The Spartans were already leading Grayson County by 41 points at that point, thanks in large part to a special teams unit that wreaked havoc, scoring three touchdowns and blocking two punts.

“We came out, we executed early, you know handled our business,” South Warren coach Brandon Smith said. “Got some young guys in, gave them a chance to play and did what we were supposed to do, so overall I was pleased.”

The first half was filled with quick scoring drives by the Spartans. Senior Clayton Bush scored on a 2-yard touchdown run for South Warren to open the scoring. That was followed by another blocked punt which was recovered for a touchdown by Jantzen Dunn to give South Warren a 13-0 lead just over two minutes into the first quarter.

Senior Cameron Harrison starred with three touchdowns in the first half. The first came on a 5-yard run with 8:02 left in the first quarter.

Bush continued the special teams dominance with a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown to make it 34-0 South Warren with 7:05 left in the first quarter.

“Our special teams – the first time – just killed us,” Grayson County coach Ed Smart said. “Punt gets blocked, they score, the next punt gets blocked, score, all of a sudden it’s 28-0 and six minutes have run off the clock. The game’s over.”

South Warren started its next scoring drive in its own territory, which was rare for the Spartans the entire first half. But they still made quick work of it, as Harrison scored on a 59-yard touchdown run, his second of the game. A third Harrison touchdown before halftime made it 48-0 going into the break.

“Credit to the whole offensive line, really,” Harrison said. “It’s never really me. The game plan was just hit the holes, get vertical, take care of business, really. So just shout out to the O-line and the coaches for trusting me.”

The Spartans continued the scoring immediately in the second half as senior MJ Boley returned the opening kick 81 yards for a touchdown to make it 55-0.

The Cougars managed to build momentum after that return, as junior Logan Kopp returned an interception for a touchdown to get Grayson County on the board. The Cougars then recovered an onside kick and scored on a two-play drive that ended with a 31-yard touchdown pass from senior Noah Bullock to sophomore Q’Daryius McHenry to make it 55-14 with 4:16 remaining in the third quarter.

Grayson County made it 21 unanswered points with a run-heavy drive that was finished off by an Ethan Cates 2-yard touchdown run. The Cougar effort was too little, too late as they couldn’t muster any more offense in the 55-21 loss.

South Warren will take on Owensboro next week after Owensboro defeated Bowling Green 28-21 on Friday.

SWHS 34 14 7 0 – 55

GCHS 0 0 14 7 – 21

First quarter

SWHS – Bush 2 run (2-point conversion no good), 10:55

SWHS – Dunn blocked punt recovery in end zone (Eldar Dervisevic kick), 9:56

SWHS – Mustafa 8 pass from Spurrier (Dervisevic kick), 9:41

SWHS – Harrison 5 run (Dervisevic kick), 8:02

SWHS – Bush 45 punt return (Dervisevic kick), 7:05

Second quarter

SWHS – Harrison 59 rush (Dervisevic kick), 9:31

SWHS – Harris 4 rush (Dervisevic kick), 0:27

Third quarter

SWHS – Boley 81 kick return (Dervisevic kick), 11:36

GCHS – Kopp 25 interception return (PAT good), 6:00

GCHS – McHenry 31 pass from Bullock (PAT good), 4:16

Fourth quarter

GCHS – Cates 2 run (PAT good), 6:51{&end}

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