Hopes were high for the Tilghman Blue Tornado as they squared off against the Cardinals in the 96th installment of the Paducah Tilghman-Mayfield rivalry game, the second oldest rivalry in Kentucky. The Blue Tornado came in leading the series 47-38-10, though Tilghman seniors had witnessed three consecutive defeats to the Cards and longed for sweet redemption. With the Marines and Great American Rivalry Series there to provide national recognition, anticipation grew even stronger.


Tyrese Murrell
Paducah- Tilghman


Jim Hank

Paducah- Tilghman

Matthew Shultz



Richard Abraham

Paducah- Tilghman

Derrick Parrot



That night the winds of excitement died down and the Tornado quickly lost momentum as Mayfield Cardinals scored early on their first snap, leading 7-0. Almost immediately after, a storm broke out and literally rained on the parade, forcing players off the field and fans under the bleachers for a 30-minute delay. Several fans called it a night, while other faithful followers huddled together and waited out the bad weather. The game resumed at 8:10pm on a drenched field. Not long after did Cardinal tailback and the game's MVP, #6 Tyrese Murrell, go in for the game's second touchdown, making the score 14-0. By halftime the Cards were up convincingly 21-0, and during a live halftime interview on WKYX Radio with iHigh staff and Marine recruiter Sgt Blow, reporter Ed Taylor predicted a gloomy forecast for Tilghman in the second half. The Tornado finally stirred in the fourth quarter when DeRay Edmonds made a 44-yard run for the touchdown, the score now 21-6. Later in the fourth, Tornado made one last attempt as Sam Cox connected with Rashad Brown for another touchdown to give a glimmer of hope, but it was simply too late in the game. The Mayfield Cardinals clung to victory and came out on top 21-12 over nearly century-old rival Paducah Tilghman, claiming their fourth consecutive win and first Great American Rivalry Series Championship Trophy. Redemption just wasn't in the cards this year for the Tilghman Blue Tornado. While players took a knee, Mayfield Marine Recruiter Sgt Sidley proudly presented Tyrese Murrell, the MVP, with a trophy and medal. The team then exploded with cheers while Sgt Sidley presented and handed over the Championship Trophy to the team.