No. 19 Lafayette rebounded big-time after a loss at home to Scott County last week, rushing Friday for an eye-popping 626 yards against a Henry Clay defense that had allowed just over 1,000 yards on the ground through four games. The Generals won 48-34.
Walker Wood led the way with 238 yards and three TDs on 21 carries. Mason Alstatt was right behind him with 20 carries for 230 yards and two scores. Matt Silvestri chipped in 128 yards and two TDs late to seal the deal for the Generals (4-2).
After falling behind 27-7, No. 14 Henry Clay trimmed its deficit 27-21 on a TyVen McWhorter TD reception from CJ Tackett seconds into the fourth quarter. Lafayette answered with a 45-yard TD run by Alstatt and then a Silvestri run set up by an onside kick recovery to pull back ahead 42-21.
Alstatt got into position for that fourth-quarter TD via a 69-yard run by Wood after Henry Clay had pinned the Generals at their own 1-yard line. A penalty pushed that Wood gain back 15 yards, but it was enough for Lafayette, which travels to Bryan Station next week.
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No. 5 Bryan Station 54, Tates Creek 21: Devon Key rushed for a TD, caught another and returned a half-ending interception over 100 yards to lead the Defenders.
The pick-six was the 33rd in state history to go for 100 yards or more (the KHSAA records only count interceptions returned for TDs of up to 100 yards). He was the first player to have such a return since 2011.
"Not too many people do what he does on both sides of the ball," Bryan Station Coach Frank Parks said of Key.
Key rushed for 136 yards on 21 carries. Andre Davis rushed for 100 yards on 13 attempts for the Defenders (5-1). Davis was 10-for-15 passing for 152 yards and four TDs.
Robbie Lofton led Tates Creek with four receptions for 131 yards and a TD.
Peyton Burke had 267 yards and two TDs on 16-for-30 passing with an interception.
Paul Laurence Dunbar 21, Anderson County 7: DeRante Sanders rushed for 113 yards, leading the Bulldogs on a soggy evening on the road.
The Bulldogs put together their first three-game win streak since opening the year 3-0 last season. They finished 4-7 in 2014.
"It was a great win," Dunbar Coach Paul Rains said. "For us to come down here and beat a real good football team is a real feather in our cap."
Rains said these Bulldogs, now 3-3 after starting 0-3, have "come as far in three weeks as any team I've coached."
The Bulldogs held the Bearcats (3-3) to 24 rushing yards. Brydon Labhart had 28 yards — including Anderson's lone TD, a 24-yarder. The Bearcats had two runners finish with negative yardage.
Rains noted Ladarius Morton and Nick Martin as players key in the stout Dunbar defensive outing.
Anderson's year is a reversal of Dunbar's: it started 3-0 before dropping its last three.
Fairview 50, Lexington Christian 34: LCA fell down 26-7 in the first period and couldn't muster enough offense to recover, despite putting up over 500 yards.
The visitors had 539 yards to outdo the host Eagles' 534 on the night. The bulk of it for both teams came via the air. Alex Roy threw for 343 yards and five TDs on 21-for-31 for Fairview (4-2), while LCA's Brayden Miller went 31-for-43 for 380 yards and four TDs. Each quarterback tossed two interceptions.
Antwan Washington caught six of Roy's passes for 152 yards and a TD. The Eagles put up 50 points for the second straight week and the third time this season.
Dillon Wheatley had 136 yards and a TD for LCA (4-2), leading all rushers. Ryan Stucky had 143 yards and three TDs on 12 catches. LCA dropped its second straight game.
No. 17 Cooper 28, No. 21 Lexington Catholic 0: The Jaguars bounced back after a tough outing at Simon Kenton last week.
Nathan Brown found Dante Hendrix for three TDs in the second quarter, giving host Cooper (4-2) a 21-0 lead at the break.
Hendrix finished with eight grabs for 164 yards.
The Jags had 17 first downs to LexCath's five. The Knights (3-4) managed only 82 total yards as a team (83 passing, minus-1 rushing).
No. 1 Male 57, Butler 0: Hayden Shelton went 12-for-16 for 236 yards and four TDs in the Bulldogs' third shutout of the season.
Devin Gentry rushed for 113 yards and a TD on nine carries for Male. Nathan Hobbs kicked off the scoring for the state's top team with a 34-yard interception return in the first quarter.
Male (6-0) outgained Butler (2-4) in yardage 450-151.
Pikeville 68, South Floyd 14: Junior Clay Slone found the end zone on offense and defense for the Panthers in their second home game of the season.
He returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to give Pike-ville (4-2) a 14-0 lead and the Panthers never looked back. Slone only caught two passes in the game but both went for scores; one from 31 yards out and one from 29.
Senior running back Daric Pugh was likewise efficient with his limited touches, carrying the ball 4 times for 49 yards and a pair of scores.
No. 3 Scott Co 55, Clark Co. 21: At Winchester, Scott County's ground game was too much for Clark County to handle in this battle of Cardinals.
Senior fullback Noah Hughes did most of the damage, rushing 19 times for 194 of Scott County's 393 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown. But fellow rushers Kendrick Hamilton and Keith Guy weren't to be left out. Hamilton rushed 8 times for 92 yards and three scores, while Guy carried 11 times for 51 yards, adding another trio of touchdowns.
Paris 59, Berea 7: The Greyhounds had plenty to celebrate Friday night. Their rout sent them to 6-0, marking the deepest into the season Paris has remained undefeated since the late 1980s.
A big part of that hot start has been running back James Clark, who has been hounding the school's all-time touchdown record for the entire year. The senior tied the record last week with a four-touchdown performance, and blew into first place all by himself Friday with another four-score outing, two of which came from 60 and 39 yards out.
Hazard 46, Jenkins 2: Senior quarterback Cole Ratliff found Jacob Blanton for both of his touchdown passes to help lead the host Bulldogs past the Cavaliers. Sophomore fullback Corey Smith added scores of 38 and 24 yards on the ground.
Madison Central 55, Woodford Co. 0: Though quarterback Zach Hardin threw two touchdown passes for the Indians in their shutout of the Yellow Jackets, his arm was mostly an afterthought Friday.
Hardin only tossed three total passes. But he handed the ball off to running back Johan Williams 14 times, resulting in 205 yards and three touchdowns for the senior, who averaged nearly 15 yards per carry.
Franklin County 31, Shelby County 28: Field goals decided this clash of high-powered unbeatens in Class 4A.
Seiver Tandy connected on a 38-yard attempt with 21 seconds left to put the Flyers (6-0) ahead. Josh Edwards' 52-yard try was no good as time expired to send the Rockets (5-1) to their first loss.
Franklin took a 28-14 lead into the break before Shelby answered with TD drives early in the third and fourth quarters to get back into it.
Denzell Vance rushed for 200 yards and a TD on 23 carries for the Flyers. Barrett Sanderson was 17-for-29 for 237 yards and three TDs.
Franklin County outpaced Shelby County 468-370 in total yardage. That was the most yards the Rockets have given up in a game this season.
Malik Manica led Shelby County with 153 yards and a TD on 15 rushes.
No. 4 Simon Kenton 42, Highlands 3: The Bluebirds led after a first-quarter field goal but then it was all Pioneers after that.
Simon Kenton (6-0) defeated Highlands (1-5) for the first time since 1974. It was the Pioneers' second win against the Bluebirds in 27 meetings.
Dillon Powell led the way with 189 yards and four TDs on 22 carries.
Paintsville 56, Bourbon County 27: Luke Trimple rushed for 143 yards and three TDs and had two interceptions for the Tigers, returning one for a 25-yard TD.
Kash Daniel rushed for 83 yards and three TDs on seven carries. He had 13 tackles on defense.
Kent Phelps scored on a 13-yard TD run. He finished with 16 carries for 150 yards for Paintsville (6-0).
No. 10 Johnson Central 59, Boyd County 12: Six different running backs found the end zone for the Golden Eagles (4-0) in the rout: Tyrese Allen, Jordan Bailey, Trevor May, Conner Ratliff, Bryce Skaggs and Gunner Slone.
Spencer County 35, Collins 14: The Bears scored three TDs over the span of 87 seconds in the fourth quarter to turn a tight game on the road into a blowout and improve to 6-0 for the first time in school history.
Spencer County rushed for 541 yards, most of that coming via junior Branden Leff. He had 248 yards and a TD. Logan Holbrook, a senior, added 154 yards and two scores.
Collins (2-3) had a five-game win streak against the Bears snapped.
Owensboro Catholic 53, Butler County 14: Ray Zuberer, who committed to Western Kentucky's baseball program this week, went 18-for-22 for 345 yards and five TDs for the Aces (4-2), who won their third straight game.
No. 2 Trinity 51, Jeffersontown 0 Jailen Reed had 61 yards and three TDs on only nine first-quarter carries for the Shamrocks (5-1).