No. 2 Pikeville and No. 3 Paintsville collided in Johnson County on Friday night. And, boy, did they not disappoint.
Paintsville's Kash Daniel powered in the game-ending two-point conversion for a 23-22 overtime win at home.
Daniel rushed for the game's final TD, which answered a score by Daric Pugh that gave Pikeville a 22-15 lead. The UK commit threw a 33-yard TD pass to James Allen to cut a Pikeville lead to 15-13 with under two minutes to go in regulation.
Daniel had a two-point conversion run following that score, too.
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"I have confidence in my five guys up front," Daniel told WYMT after the game, calling them "the meanest and nastiest offensive line in this region."
Paintsville (3-0) lost junior running back Kent Phelps to an injury early in the game. It trailed 15-7 early in the fourth quarter following a Pugh TD run and conversion.
It was only the Tigers' third win in 20 tries against the Panthers (2-1). They snapped Pikeville's 17-game regular-season win streak.
Trinity 70, Lafayette 14: If Rodjay Burns and Jailen Reed are running around in the minds of Lafayette's players for a long time after Friday night, it'd be understandable.
That duo amassed 355 yards of all-purpose yards between them — Burns with 180 and Reed with 175 — and guided No. 1 Trinity to a convincing 70-14 win against visiting No. 7 Lafayette.
Burns finished with 105 receiving yards with four touchdowns. The U of L commit returned a punt 82 yards for a TD in the third quarter.
Reed had 163 yards and three TDs on the ground for the Shamrocks. He had over 100 rushing yards in the first quarter alone.
Trinity outgained Lafayette 509-178.
Reed opened the scoring for the Shamrocks with a 3-yard rush early in the first quarter. Mason Alstatt quickly struck back for the Generals, returning the ensuing kickoff 96 yards to knot things at 7-7.
Trinity then scored 35 unanswered to go up 42-7. Alstatt ended that run with another kickoff return TD, that one going for 98 yards.
Alstatt had 320 all-purpose yards for the Generals (2-1). Quinton Brown had 92 yards receiving on three catches for Lafayette.
Johnson Central 42, Lexington Catholic 28: The Golden Eagles ran all over the Knights, attempting just a single pass in their first visit to the campus on Clays Mill Road.
Conner Ratliff led Johnson Central (2-0) with 113 yards and two TDs on 13 carries. Bryce Skaggs had 11 carries for 111 yards and a TD, while Brice Workman rushed 16 times for 107 yards and a score.
Gunner Slone also chipped in 68 rushing yards and TD for Johnson Central.
The Golden Eagles outrushed the Knights 453-99.
Legend Brumbaugh went 14-for-24 with a TD and an interception for LexCath (1-2). He finished with 102 yards passing.
Andy Thompson caught two TDs for the Knights.
Jaylen Jones led LexCath with 28 yards on 11 carries.
Bryan Station 36, Cooper 0: The Defenders defense that shut out Knox Central in week one made a return appearance against No. 6 Cooper at home.
“Tonight we got back to doing things the right way,” said Bryan Station Coach Frank Parks, who lauded his team’s fundamental soundness in Friday’s win.
Andre Davis scored on 1- and 8-yard rushes to put Bryan Station up 12-0 in the first quarter. Davis scored on a 2-yard run to give Station a 28-0 lead near the end of the second quarter.
Devon Key caught two passes from Davis – a 20-yarder and a 49-yarder – for the other two TDs for the Defenders, who outgained the Jaguars 315-77.
The game was called seconds into the third quarter due to weather and broken glass on the field.
Cooper (2-1) opened its season with huge wins over Highlands (37-13) and Newport Central Catholic (35-0). Bryan Station shut out Knox Central (49-0) in week one before falling to No. 7 Simon Kenton at home last week, 52-36.
Lexington Christian 21, Green County 6: The Eagles (3-0) outgained the Dragons (2-1) 238-82 in a game that was called in the opening moments of the third quarter due to lightning in the area.
Brayden Miller threw for 130 yards and a TD on 7-for-11 passing. Ryan Stucky caught two of those balls for 89 receiving yards.
Dillon Wheatley led the Eagles with 47 yards and a TD on 12 carries.
The Eagles lost quarterback/safety Logan Nieves to an injury on a kickoff.
"We rallied around his injury to lift him up and keep our team focused for one of our hardest working players," LCA Coach Ethan Atchley said after the game.
Atchley said he was proud of his defensive front's effort and that his team played responsibly against Green County's option attack.
Austin Matney scored Green’s lone TD on a 7-yard keeper in the first quarter.
Tates Creek 42, Paul Laurence Dunbar 29: A 71-yard TD reception by Robbie Lofton in the opening moments of the game set the tone for the host Commodores and quarterback Peyton Burke.
Burke threw five TD passes to four receivers, going for 247 yards – the bulk of which came on that big first score – on 15-for-26 passing.
Jefferson Harkless led the Bulldogs with 86 yards and a TD. Nate Gay and Tre Homer also rushed for Dunbar TDs. The three sophomores led the Bulldogs in rushing.
Homer also went 2-for-2 passing for 56 yards and a TD. Both completions went to junior Dontell Brown.
The Commodores (1-2) won their first game of the season while handing Dunbar its third straight loss to open the year.
Henry Clay 35, Clark County 13: The Blue Devils (1-1) responded in a big way after falling to St. Xavier last week, outpacing the Cardinals (0-2) 424-239 in total offense.
Most of that came on the ground, where Henry Clay had 295 yards. Davonte Robinson, who’s UK-bound, had 128 yards and two TDs on only four carries. Austin Bledsoe netted 126 yards on 13 rushes for the Blue Devils.
Josiah Israel had a big night for Clark County. He gained 176 yards on 27 rushes and had one TD.
The game was called due to weather with 3:53 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Scott County 54, Highlands 28: The Cardinals scored 33 points in the opening quarter and had a 40-0 lead in the second to start a running clock against the visiting Bluebirds (1-2).
Keith Guy had two TDs for the Cardinals (3-0), who outgained Highlands 473-300.
Noah Hughes led Scott County in rushing with 82 yards. The Cardinals had six players rush for double-digit yardage.
Josh Davis was perfect for the Cardinals, going 7-for-7 passig for 140 yards and a TD.
Boyle County 42, Danville 20: Josiah Robbins went 19-for-31 for 407 yards and four TDs in the rout for the Rebels (3-0). Eric Brown had four catches for 148 yards.
Boyle hosts Anderson County next week. The Bearcats are 3-0 after upending Mercer County 55-14 on Friday.
Madison Central 52, Bourbon County 28: The Indians jumped out to a 3-0 start to the year for the first time since 2008. They led the Colonels (1-1) 31-0 at halftime.
Johan Williams was a monster, going for 174 yards and three TDs on 20 carries for the Indians. Zach Hardin went 10-for-18 for 173 yards and two TDs.
Madison Central racked up nearly 500 yards of offense
St. Xavier 45, Bowling Green 19: The Tigers (2-0) snapped a four-game losing streak to the visiting Purples (2-1).
Blake Roshkowski had four TDs for St. X, highlighted by a 67-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
Bethlehem 73, Berea 6: The Eagles improved to 3-0 and reached 70 points for the first time since 2013 (a 70-20 win at Bracken County).
Hopkinsville 50, Fort Campbell 7: The Tigers, 3-0 to begin the year for the first time since 2004, scored 50 unanswered.
Sheldon Clark 61, Betsy Layne 6: First-year coach Adam Turner got his first win for the Cardinals (1-2) on the road.
Montgomery County 42, Harrison County 6: Jake Harvey had four TDs for the Indians (2-1) on the road.
Several games across Northern Kentucky were postponed because of weather delays.
Covington Catholic will play at Sycamore (Ohio) at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Walton-Verona will play at Holmes at 10 a.m. Saturday. Simon Kenton and Conner will also kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Conner.
East Carter will host Raceland at 7 p.m. Saturday. Boone County will travel to Ryle for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday.
Locally, Franklin County led Woodford County 28-7 at halftime before the second half was postponed. Play will resume at 1 p.m. Saturday in Woodford County.
Note: The original and print version of this article incorrectly identified Conner Ratliff as Johnson Central's leading rusher with 81 yards on 10 carries and listed Johnson Central's Brice Workman with 80 yards on 11 rushes. The total rushing for both teams was also inaccurate. The reporter apologizes for this error.