Host Scott County ended any hopes of a Simon Kenton upset in the Class 6A quarterfinals by unleashing a 27-0 run spanning the second, third and fourth quarters in a 47-9 victory.
Four different Cardinals scored touchdowns in the run.
Simon Kenton won the possession battle 26:40-21:20, but the Cardinals made more efficient use of their time. The Cardinals (12-1) outgained the Pioneers (9-4) 422-221, including a 321-168 advantage on the ground.
Scott County's run game was led by senior running back Dieries Dumphord, who rushed 19 times for 159 yards and a 42-yard TD that got the Cardinals on the scoreboard at the 11:41 mark in the first quarter. Scott County wouldn't score again until the 11:30 mark in the second on a 14-yard Clay McKee pass to Scott Daniel.
Simon Kenton scored its first points in the second quarter on a 33-yard Tyler Smith field goal. Scott County answered with a Kevin Clausen 2-yard TD run to put the Cardinals up 20-3 entering the break.
The Pioneers' defense stayed porous in the third quarter, with Scott County scoring on a Hunter Nelson 2-yard run and Daniel catching a 70-yard TD pass from McKee, on consecutive possessions.
Kevo Edwards added a 49-yard TD run with 10:48 left in the fourth quarter. Simon Kenton stopped the deluge with an Andrew Sampson 67-yard TD run with 5:43 to play.
McKee completed three of his four passes for 101 yards and two TDs. Edwards carried nine times for 94 yards. Nelson added 42 yards on six touches.
Sampson finished with 177 yards on 23 carries for the Pioneers.
The Cardinals advance to next week's semifinals at Trinity.
Hazard 7, Williamsburg 0: Senior wide receiver Jordan Olinger's 80-yard TD run with 2:54 left in the game was the only score the Bulldogs (9-3) needed to hold off the visiting Yellow Jackets (11-2), who finished with their best record since the 2008 season (14-1).
Hazard had previously gone 0-2 this season in games in which their offense failed to produce a double-digit total on the scoreboard (with those losses coming against Somerset and Breathitt County). Somerset is still alive in the playoffs while Breathitt's run ended Friday night.
The Bulldogs will visit undefeated Fairview (13-0) for a chance at the Class A title.
Monroe Co. 20, South Warren 10: A run-heavy night — 50 carries for 264 yards — was the formula for success for the host Falcons (12-1). Senior quarterback Chad Wilson led the way with 130 yards and three TDs on 29 carries against the Spartans (9-4).
The Falcons will travel to Central, which won 14-10 at Bell County, next week.
Highlands 28, Covington Catholic 13: Senior quarterback Donovan McCoy willed the host Bluebirds (12-1) to their sixth consecutive semifinals appearance with four goal-line TDs and 110 yards on 30 carries. He added 147 yards through the air on 8-for-14 passing.
CovCath quarterback Blake Bir, a senior, had an uncharacteristic performance. He went 19-for-29 for 188 yards, one TD and one interception. He was bothered all night by junior defensive end Seth Hope, who sacked Bir four times.
Highlands will host Lexington Catholic, 27-16 winners against Boyle County, next Friday in the semifinals.
Harlan Co. 46, Pulaski Co. 12: Cole Wilson returned an interception 30 yards for a score to start a 20-0 first-quarter run for the Black Bears (11-2), and the Maroons (9-4) never recovered, scoring lone TDs each in the first and second quarters.
The Black Bears will host Cooper, who upset Franklin Co. 40-27 Friday, next week in the semis.