Casey thumps McCreary for first win

October 24, 2004

STEARNS - Casey County claimed its first victory of the season Friday night, beating McCreary Central 54-8 in a non-district game.

Casey (1-8) accumulated 425 yards of total offense and had three touchdowns on returns to end its eight-game losing streak.

"We played a lot better than we had," Casey coach Andy Stephens said. "There were some things that we did a lot better, and it feels good. The guys were excited about getting their first win, and I felt like we played hard."

Brandon Raney had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 95-yard kickoff return for another score, and he was also the Rebels' leading rusher and receiver. Kyle Long recovered a fumble and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.

Dustin Perkins and Greg Luttrell also recovered fumbles for the Rebels.

"I feel good about how the defense played and how they were able to force four turnovers," Stephens said. "They basically kept McCreary's offense off the field pretty much the whole game."


McCreary had 14 rushing yards and 58 passing yards, 40 of which came on a single play early in the second quarter. The Raiders ran only 37 plays, 25 of them pass plays.

Casey had 250 yards on the ground, led by Raney wih 81 yards on seven carries. Ricky Marrapodi had 19 carries for 64 yards, Kyle Long had nine for 44 yards and Tristan Harris had three for 38 yards.

Long completed nine of 18 passes for 175 yards with no interceptions. Raney had five receptions for 53 yards, Marcus Patterson had two catches for 64 yards and Matt Irvin and Marrapodi had 31 and 23 yards, respectively, on one catch each.

The Rebels led 28-0 after one quarter and 34-8 at halftime. McCreary's only score came shortly after the Raiders recovered a fumbled punt at the Casey 2-yard line.

Casey added 14 points in the third quarter and six in the fourth, while McCreary did not score again.

Casey will close the regular season this Friday at Russell County. The winner of that game will take fourth place and the final playoff berth in Class AA, District 4.

"Hopefully we can go down to Russell and win and get a chance to play in the playoffs," Stephens said.

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