Ryan Timmons may be suiting up for UK this season rather than Franklin County, but this year's edition of the Flyers looks like it might get by well enough without him. Chris Roberts rushed for three TDs in a 54-14 rout of North Bullitt as high school football kicked off Friday night around the commonwealth.
Lorenzo McCaskell, a senior running back, led with 112 yards and added two TDs in a game that saw the Flyers take a 38-0 lead into halftime. McCaskell also caught four passes for 56 yards.
Rylan Rowe returned two interceptions for TDs for Franklin. A 34-yard pick in the second quarter and a 46-yard pick in the fourth figured in the receiver's 149 all-purpose yards.
Junior QB Dalton Casey led North Bullitt with nine rushes for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Louisville Christian 38, Lexington Christian 13: Nathan Christmas threw for a TD and 196 yards, a huge chunk of the 324 yards the Centurions put up against the LCA defense.
Nick Whitman led the Eagles with 80 yards and a TD on 13 carries, as well as 12 yards on one reception. Whitman was the lone bright spot for an LCA offense that put up only 23 yards on the 45 other plays when he didn't touch the ball.
Eagles QB Dima Ballard had as many interceptions (3) as he had completed passes. The LCA offense got only 115 yards on 59 plays.
Madison Southern 41, Rockcastle County 13: Future Michigan Wolverine Damien Harris, the No. 2 running back in the Class of 2015 according to Scout.com, rushed for 166 yards and five TDs on 22 carries, helping the Eagles end an 18-game winless streak to Rockcastle County.
Harris also returned a kickoff for a 60-yard TD.
Simon Kenton 23, Collins 21: Tyler Smith may end up looking back on the first game of his final season as his finest. The senior kicker hit an 18-yard field goal with 11 seconds left to give the Pioneers the road win.
Senior QB Brenan Kuntz went 12-for-17 for 144 yards and a TD for Simon Kenton. He rushed for 128 yards on 15 attempts.
Lawson Page, a senior QB, threw for 176 yards and three TDs for Collins.
Elizabethtown 34, Fort Knox 10: Fifteen seconds ran off the clock before Berneil Cecil returned a kickoff 78 yards to score the first touchdown at the new Panther Field in Elizabethtown. The home team went on to score four more TDs in the win over the Eagles.
Cecil led the Panthers with 71 yards on seven carries.
Cam Pellogrino scored the lone Eagles TD of the night on a 2-yard rush in the closing seconds of the third quarter.
Boyle Co. 41, Lincoln Co. 0: Senior QB Josiah Robbins ran for two touchdowns, including a 77-yard score, and the Rebels used a 27-point first quarter to put the Patriots out of the game early.
Aiden Hoskins, a junior, also had two touchdowns, including a 41-yard interception return in the opening quarter to put Boyle County up 20-0.
Holmes 48, Covington Holy Cross 14: Sophomore Desean Brumfield went 5-for-10 for 237 yards and four TDs, and added another TD on the ground to lead the Bulldogs at home.
Jonathan Scruggs totaled 279 all-purpose yards for Holmes. The senior RB caught two passes for 134 yards and a TD, rushed for 75 yards and a TD on 12 attempts and returned three punts for 67 yards.
South Oldham 30, East Jessamine 8: Chase Lightfoot used his legs to carry South Oldham to its fourth consecutive season-opening win. The senior QB rushed for three touchdowns, the first a 50-yard score in the opening minutes to give the Dragons a lead they would never relinquish.
John Hardin 35, Seneca 6: DaQuan Deville, a senior fullback, rushed for two TDs and passed for another in the Bulldogs victory.
Campbell Co. 27, Newport 7: Camels rushers went for 248 yards on 40 carries in the win over Newport. Senior RB Alex Howard led the team with two TD runs.
Morgan Co. 22, Estill Co. 13: Senior Kody Thornsberry rushed for three TDs in the first half, and despite a scoreless second half the Cougars held on for the road win.