Jaden Sells celebrates a touchdown earlier this season. Sells caught the game-winning touchdown pass on Friday night in Madisonville as the Cougars defeated the Maroons 26-24.

Jaden Sells celebrates a touchdown earlier this season. Sells caught the game-winning touchdown pass on Friday night in Madisonville as the Cougars defeated the Maroons 26-24.

What a game the Cougars played on Friday night in Madisonville. It was a district showdown featuring two (5-0) ranked teams. Logan County quarterback Tyler Ezell found Jaden Sells in the end zone on a hail mary as time expired to take the win, 26-24.

The Madisonville-North Hopkins Maroons and the Logan County Cougars have developed a bitter rivalry over the last few seasons. In 2017, the Cougars went to Madisonville and beat the Maroons in the final minute by a score of 23-21. Last season, The Maroons came to Logan County and won 21-17 for Logan County's only regular-season loss.

Tempers usually run red hot when these two teams meet. The yellow flags usually fly all night long. Friday night was no different. There were 24 penalties for a total of 275 yards between the teams.

The important district game looked to be going more toward Madisonville early on. It was 3-0 after the first quarter and 10-0 at the half. The Cougars had a touchdown wiped away by a holding call early in the game.

The Cougars put together a drive coming out of halftime and scored a touchdown on an Ezell to Braxton Baptiste strike. The extra-point was no good and Madisonville led 10-6.

Soon after, the Maroons got another touchdown and a good kick to go up 17-10. Less than one minute off the clock later, Ezell ran it in for a 21-yard score. The two-point conversion to Jaden Sells was good. The Cougars were creeping back at 14-17.

Before the end of the third, Ezell found Rooster Woodard for a 27-yard touchdown. The extra point was blocked. It was 20-17 going into the final frame.

Much of the 4th quarter was a battle with no points for either team. With 51 seconds left on the clock, Madisonville scored another touchdown and looked to send Logan County home with the first loss of the season. It was 24-20, Maroons.

With only 51 seconds to work with, Tyler Ezell had to have a touchdown to win. The kickoff put the Cougars at the 20-yard line to start. Ezell ran on first down for three yards. The Senior ran eight more on second down to get a new set of downs with around 30 seconds left in the game. The next two plays were incomplete passes which set up a 3rd and 10. On third down, the defense was called for roughing the passer.

With time running down fast, the Cougars had the ball first and ten in Madisonville territory. Ezell found Tristan Blake for 14 yards to set up one final play. Ezell stepped back and avoided a sack as he looked toward the goal line. The Senior quarterback hurled the ball in Hail Mary fashion to the end zone as the final buzzer sounded. A Madisonville defender was the first to touch the ball as it rained down on the crowd of waiting arms. The ball was tipped directly to #88, Jaden Sells, as he dove to the ground in the end zone. Sells held the ball above his head as the ref signaled touchdown. The Logan County side of the field erupted into celebration.

The Cougars picked up the district win over a tough Madisonville team and remain undefeated on the season.

Tyler Ezell threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns. Ezell was also the leading rusher with only 46 yards. Madisonville shut down the Cougars run game.

Jaden Sells had five catches for 128 yards and the game-winning 31-yard grab. Rooster Woodard had 61 yards and a score. Braxton Baptiste had one catch for a 27-yard touchdown.

Zach Yates had ten tackles for the defense.

Madisonville's star running back Jeriah Hightower had 307 yards and one touchdown against the Cougars.

Logan County (6-0) will play at Hopkinsville (4-2) on Thursday.