TOMPKINSVILLE - Senior running back Andrew McCloud opened the season in record-breaking fashion to help Mercer County defeat host Monroe County 31-22 Friday night.
McCloud scored on runs of 52, 65 and 12 yards and rushed for 268 yards on 34 carries. That increased his career rushing total to 3,457 yards and eclipsed the school record of 3,268 yards set by Camden Jordan in 2000.
McCloud came into the game needing only 80 yards to break the record and had no trouble reaching that number.
"Andrew ran well and had some nice holes to run through," said Mercer assistant coach Dan Yates.
The Scotties took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and had a 14-6 halftime lead. Brandon Scheller returned the second half kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and the Scotties pushed their margin to 28-14 after three periods.
After host Monroe cut the deficit to 28-22, the Scotties put the game out of reach with a 20-yard field goal from Josh Ewing with 1 minute, 2 seconds to play.