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Mayfield looks to come back against Murray on the football field | Sports

Since 1998, the Mayfield Cardinals have beaten the Murray Tigers 25 of the last 27 meetings on the football field. It wasn’t until November 27 of last year that the Tigers broke their losing streak in a triple-overtime thriller in the second round of the 2A playoffs. The Tigers came away from that game with a 28-21 victory. Murray has since beaten Mayfield powerhouse once again, just a few weeks ago.

Well, the second-round playoff game that many people have been hoping will be between the two teams again, and the Cardinals will be looking for revenge on the Tigers for the final two games tonight at 7 p.m. at Mayfield High School. .

Two of the last three games between the Tigers and the Cardinals were not decided until after settlement. October 23, 2020 entered a single overtime period where Mayfield came out on top 21-20 and almost a month later came the triple-overtime playoff game where Murray came out on top. Most recently in the 2021 regular season, Murray came out on top with an incredible two-minute effort to come back from behind, score twice and win 25-21.

“It’s been three great games and they (Murray) have won for two of them,” said Mayfield head coach Joe Morris. “At the end of the day when we get into the red zone we have to capitalize, they stopped us fourth and one in the red zone last year, we had it first and the goal on the nine this year for increase two scores and we just couldn’t do it.

Playoff games are a different beast, Mayfield holds the first seed in the 2A bracket that pitted them against Ballard Memorial, a team that didn’t present much of a challenge for the Cardinals. Mayfield ran away with the 60-0 win, but there’s a good chance a win won’t come so easily against the Tigers.

Against Murray, the Cardinals have been held below their average distance in the last three head-to-head games. In last year’s playoff game, Mayfield was limited to just 94 passing yards and 137 rushing yards as he averaged 134 passing yards and 153 rushing. This season’s Mayfield game has competed statistically near par. The Cardinals averaged 165 passing and 156 rushing yards and in the loss to Murray on the 22nd, Mayfield racked up 142 passing and 145 rushing yards.

“The last time we played them they were in control of the clock, they had 54 offensive games against our 41s, they had the ball more than us and that is what they wanted,” said Morris. “They are going to do it, we know they are, it’s a good football team.”

As with any game and sport, winning will depend on who is most mentally locked up. Any coach will tell their team that they need to focus on the game long before entering the pitch, especially in playoff situations. Morris is no different. He believes his team’s talent and focus on their next game can make the difference in winning this go-around.

“I think our guys are focused, but can we stay focused for 48 minutes?” I think we can! We’re going to go out there and try our luck, ”Morris said.

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