It worked so well the first time, Bill Shaver may dust off the game plan from last year’s “Battle for the Barnett’s Creek Bucket.”
And who could blame the Thomas County Central coach after the Yellow Jackets experienced a rare lopsided win against rival Cairo. Central scored on six of its seven first-half possessions as it cruised past the Syrupmakers for a 39-13 win.
But Shaver isn’t exactly sure what caused the unusual rout, as Central last scored more than 30 points against Cairo in 1997 and nine of the past 14 meetings had been decided by one score.
“It’s just one of those things that happen sometimes,” he said. “When you draw things up as a coach for the game plan, you hope they work that way. And it just kind of happened to work that way. Our defense played well, things clicked offensively and they missed a tackle here or there. It just kind of snowballed on them.”
The Yellow Jackets, who are 2-1 and ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAA, used that early momentum to roll past Cairo in their third win in the past four meetings. Now Central eyes its third straight win in the rivalry, a series the Jackets lead 22-17-1.
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