It had to leave the friendly confines of Lexington to do it, but Paul Laurence Dunbar finally earned its first win of the season at Louisville Eastern, 20-3, on Friday night.
The Bulldogs (1-3) yielded only 83 yards of offense to the Eagles (2-2). Dunbar managed 291 total yards itself, the majority coming via Jefferson Harkless. The sophomore running back carried 30 times for 203 yards and all three Dunbar touchdowns.
Harkless is the first Dunbar rusher to reach triple-digit yardage since the season opener, when Nate Gay rushed for 139 yards in a 43-21 loss at Lafayette.
Eastern junior JD Berger, who had averaged over 200 yards passing, was held to 79 yards.
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Dunbar Coach Paul Rains was proud of his team's total effort on Friday.
"We had played so poorly the first three games against good competition so it was disheartening," Rains said. "Coming out today and playing good football was good for us. I feel like we're getting back on track."
Lafayette 56, Boone County 7: The Generals looked nothing like the team that got crushed by Trinity last week, instead opting to go Hulk itself against winless Boone County (0-4).
Tied 7-7, Javarious Robinson rushed for a 10-yard score to ignite a 49-0 game-ending run by the Generals (3-1).
Mason Alstatt rushed for 152 yards and two TDs on only five carries. Walker Wood carried four times for 140 yards and a TD.
Matt Silvestri and Austin Serafini also rushed for Generals TDs. Matthew Guilfoil had the lone TD reception for Lafayette, a 28-yarder.
Boone County managed only 149 yards of offense to Lafayette's 513. Amadou Diaw had 94 rushing yards and the lone Colonels TD.
Henry Clay 70, Tates Creek 64: One could easily forgive Blue Devils running back Joquise Buford for taking a day of rest on Saturday. After missing the first two games of the season, the running back burst out of the gate to lead the Blue Devils’ offense to a shootout victory over Creek, rushing 34 times for 327 yards and 5 touchdowns, averaging a robust 9.4 yards per carry.
Sophomore Laron Warner was no slouch for the Commodores, rushing 11 times for 138 yards and a five touchdowns for Creek, which actually outgained Henry Clay on offense 644 yards to 540. Jackson Beerman reeled in four of Burke’s passes for 137 yards and a score.
Senior Austin Bledsoe got in on the ground attack for the Blue Devils, rushing 21 times for 160 yards and a TD.
Lexington Catholic 15, Covington Catholic 14: They lost starting quarterback Legend Brumbaugh to a collar bone injury early and had to stave off a two-point conversion attempt with 30 seconds left, but the Knights survived at home and snapped a two-game skid.
Jaylen Jones rushed for 155 yards and a TD on 26 carries for LexCath (2-2). He also caught a TD pass.
Jones, a senior, broke his hand in the preseason and has been wearing a cast during games.
"It was a hard thing to adjust to," Jones told KnightVision after the game. "But I wasn't going to let a broken hand deter how I play."
Kirk Fagot went 14-for-18 for 94 yards and a TD in Brumbaugh's absence.
Grant Dyer had 110 rushing yards on 14 carries for Covington Catholic (0-4).
Bryan Station 50, Madison Central 20: The Defenders used an explosive third quarter to turn a one-score game at halftime into a rout.
Quarterback Andre Davis tossed four of his six touchdowns passes in the third, running the score from 21-13 to 50-13 in less than nine minutes. The senior completed 15-of-22 passes for 207 yards, connecting with wideout Rafael Few for two TDs.
Devon Key added four catches for 82 yards and a score. He also rushed for 79 yards and a TD.
Senior running back Korrion Crier rushed for two touchdowns for the Indians, who were outgained on offense 487 yards to 201.
Lexington Christian 62, Estill County 33: The Eagles improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2009, when they won their only state title.
Dillon Wheatley had 250 rushing yards and five TDs on only 17 carries. Brayden Miller completed eight of his 16 pass attempts for LCA, going for 219 yards and three TDs with a pick.
Drayden Burton led the Eagles with 85 receiving yards on only two catches. He had a TD catch, as did Ryan Stucky and Kyle Paske.
No. 2 Male 42, No. 1 Trinity 13: By the looks of it, the top-ranked team in Kentucky had no business being on the field with the school ranked below it.
Male's vaunted defense stymied the Shamrocks (3-1) all night at key moments and its offense hung more points on Trinity in one game than it had allowed all season (27 coming into Friday).
Trinity never led but got to within 21-13 at halftime on a 7-yard TD run by Jailen Reed.
Male (4-0) answered with three straight scoring drives to end the game, including Keion Wakefield's first (and only) reception of the season.
The Louisville commit had a 47-yard TD pass from Hayden Shelton to put the Bulldogs up 35-13 midway through the third.
Male outgained Trinity 398 to 293, besting the Shamrocks in both rushing (132 to 117) and passing (266 to 176).
Cincinnati Elder (Ohio) 35, Scott County 17: Despite a stellar effort on the ground, the Cardinals couldn't keep up with Elder. Scott County had a pair of 100-yard rushers in seniors Keith Guy and Noah Hughes, but only managed 22 passing yards compared to Elder's 180.
Guy carried 14 times for 119 yards and a touchdown, while Hughes added 17 rushes for 114 yards for the Cardinals, who fell to 3-1. Ja'Vahri Portis paced Elder, carrying 18 times for 101 yards and three scores
Boyle County 43, Anderson County 21: Josiah Robbins went 9-for-12 for 216 yards and two TDs as the host Rebels (4-0) made quick work of the Bearcats (3-1).
Mack Cox reeled in four grabs for 106 yards and a TD for Boyle, which outpaced Anderson 361-211 in total offense.
The teams traded TDs early in the first quarter before Boyle scored 36 unanswered to put things out of reach.
Ryle 48, Highlands 24: The Raiders remained undefeated while handing the Bluebirds their second straight loss.
Highlands tied things at 17-17 on a 23-yard TD pass from Austin Hergott heading into the break.
Ryle then reeled off 17 straight points to take a 34-17 lead midway through the fourth before putting even more distance between itself and the Bluebirds (1-3).
Mitchell Bateman rushed 21 times for 147 carries and three TDs for the Raiders (4-0). Colin England had 100 yards and a TD on eight carries for the winners.
Tanner Morgan went 22-for-33 for 249 yards and a TD. Jake Long had four of those receptions for 104 yards.
Highlands lost three of its first four games of the season for the first time since 1967, when it dropped its first four games.
Simon Kenton 45, Dixie Heights 7: Cameron Racke opened the scoring with a 35-yard TD run and the No. 4 Pioneers (4-0) turned back against the Colonels (0-3).
The one silver lining for Dixie Heights? The Colonels were the first team to hold Simon Kenton to under 50 points this year.
Central 20, St. Xavier 17: The Yellowjackets (2-2) beat the Tigers (2-1) for the first time in 36 attempts. Central had two ties in that span, according to the Courier-Journal.
Paris 48, Pineville 7: It was an all-around historic night for the Greyhounds, as they improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1983 on the legs of running back James Clark.
The senior entered the game against Pineville with 47 career touchdowns, good for fifth-most in school history. Four quarters later, Clark sat in second place on Paris' all-time TD list.
He rushed 14 times for 157 yards and two scores and added a 100-yard interception return to run his touchdown total to 50, passing three ex-players who sat at 48 in the process.
One of those former Greyhounds is James Clark Sr., the current back's father and an assistant coach with the team. The younger Clark is now just five TDs from breaking the school's all-time record of 54, set by James Robinson in the early 70s.
Pikeville 41, Sheldon Clark 6: The Panthers' secondary put on a show Friday, returning two pick-sixes en route to a mauling of the Cardinals and improving their record to 3-1.
Sophomore Wyatt Battaile made the first one, returning an interception 48 yards for the score. Battaile also did damage on the offensive side, finding senior A.J. Vanderbeck for a 46-yard touchdown pass. Junior defensive back Clay Stone added a 96-yard interception return for the Panthers' second defensive score, and sophomore running back Evan Rhodes found the end zone twice with scores from 7 and 3 yards out.
Lloyd Memorial 27, Holmes 6: Junior Alex Runion scored on both sides of the ball for the Juggernauts, returning an interception 97 yards and punching in a two-yard score on the ground on offense.
Senior running back Dashon Lunsford added a 34-yard TD run for Lloyd, which improved its record to 3-1 on the year, while Holmes dropped to 1-3.
Franklin County 46, Frankfort 15: Barrett Sanderson threw four TDs and rushed for another as the Flyers (4-0) faced little trouble against their county rivals.
Sanderson went 13-for-18 for 252 yards. He rushed for 53 yards on eight attempts.
DeJuan Davis was the beneficiary of three Sanderson passes, two for TDs. The freshman finished with 130 yards.
McCracken County 37, Mayfield 31 (OT): The Mustangs stopped two winning streaks and won their third straight.
Mayfield had the state’s longest winning streak (16 games) and the longest active winning streak at home (49) games. Both fell in overtime after the Cardinals missed a 45-yard field goal as time expired in regulation.
Quamea Jones had the game-winning TD for McCracken (3-1). Zy’Aire Hughes, who’s committed to UK, had 88 yards on 18 carries.
Bowling Green 17, Owensboro 14: The Purples’ defense was the MVP in this one, coming up with four interceptions to hand the Red Devils their first loss (3-1).
Griffin Cline had two picks for the Purples (3-1), who bounced back after a big loss at St. Xavier last week.
Western Hills 44, Owen County 8: Daniel Childress came up big for the Wolverines, who scored the game's first 41 points. The senior threw for 145 yards and a TD to Thurman Seals and also rushed for three scores. Western Hills rushed for nearly 300 yards as a team.
Montgomery County 13, Clark County 12: Down 12-0, the Indians won their third straight game thanks to big plays by Cody Parsley. The senior had five catches for 109 yards. He also returned an interception 60 yards for a TD.
Jake Harvey had 128 yards on 28 rushes for the Indians (3-1).