Mayfield alums still get excited about "Tilghman Week"

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When Mayfield football greats like Charles Parrott, Chris Watkins and Larry Jackson get together, the main topic of conversation is usually football. Some of their favorite memories came against Paducah Tilghman.

"They would throw bricks at our buses when we beat them," Charles Parrott, who graduted in 1981, said. "I still remember all that stuff."

"It was 25 years ago for me and we still talk about it like it was yesterday," Jackson said.

"From the seventies, eighties, nineties to when I played -- everybody has stories," Derrick Parrott said.  He played on Mayfield's 2002 state championship team.

One of the things that still sticks out the most from playing Paducah Tilghman is the atmosphere on the field.

"It's electric because, on both sides, the fans stand up and cheer the whole game," Robert Barclay remembered. Barclay graduated in 1969. "It's just hard not to be excited when you're playing."

"I still get chills when we play Tilghman," Charles Parrott said. "I still feel like I can go out there and make a play right now and I'm 50 years old."

"If you play football and can't get up for that game, you don't need to be playing football," Jackson said.

And while this is a great rivalry, this group of former players has nothing but respect for the Blue Tornado.

"They always play the game right," Barclay said. "When you beat them, you know you beat a good football team."

"It didn't get to be the 100th game for no reason," Chris Watkins, who graduated in 1984, said. "It's just out of respect the two programs have for each other that has made it what it is today."

 

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