Reese Ryan threw for four touchdowns, Marcelis Logan rushed for three more and host Lexington Catholic demolished Taylor County 56-8 on Friday night.
Logan got the scoring started with the first of his three TDs on a 33-yard run with 2:40 left in the first quarter. Ryan added his first TD pass 32 seconds later, after LexCath's Chase Boling recovered a fumble on the kickoff and set up a short field for the Knights (5-3).
LexCath ran 16 fewer plays than the Cardinals (3-4), but outgained the visitors 440-144.
Ryan finished 12-for-15 on the night for 260 yards. Logan carried six times for the Knights, managing 78 yards.
The Knights didn't yield a score to the Cardinals until the fourth quarter. It came on a 22-yard TD completion to Joseph Ogbogu from Andy Thompson.
Tates Creek 51, Madison Central 32: Junior QB Graham Gordon threw four TD passes as the Commodores (5-3) trounced the Indians (1-7) at home.
However, it was senior QB Jake Ryan who got the scoring started for Tates Creek. He completed an 8-yard pass to Austin Rogers with 21 seconds left in the opening quarter.
A back-and-forth match ensued, with Tates Creek taking a 23-14 lead into the break. A 21-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters — spurred by a 93-yard kickoff return TD by junior Martavius Carter — gave the hosts the edge.
Gordon finished with 181 yards on 17-for-23 passing, with one interception. Ryan went 8-for-12 for 97 yards and an interception.
Casey Grimes led Tates Creek in rushing with 71 yards and a TD.
Johan Williams led Madison Central with 161 yards on 26 carries, scoring three TDs.
Middlesboro 28, Lexington Christian 6: Starting for the third consecutive week with first-string QB Major Edwards out with an ankle injury, backup Donnie Foister led the Yellowjackets (6-1) to a win at home.
Foister had 303 yards and three TDs and completed 13 of his 17 pass attempts, with one interception. He also rushed for 25 yards and a TD.
The Eagles (1-6) contained the Middlesboro rushing game, outgaining the Yellowjackets 149-32 on the ground.
Although LCA's pass defense was vulnerable, Adam Smith returned an interception 43 yards in the third quarter for the Eagles' only points.
No. 17 Anderson Co. 24, West Jessamine 6: Four players scored for the Bearcats (6-1), who won their fourth consecutive game after holding off the Colts (3-4) at home.
Zach Carmichael and Ross Cox both rushed for goal-line TDs, while Chris Toomey caught a 12-yard Carmichael TD pass. Joe Rose added a 29-yard field goal in the game's final moments.
Cox led Anderson County with 89 yards on eight carries.
Carmichael finished 9-for-14 with 139 yards and rushed for 21 yards.
No. 23 Conner 55, Covington Holy Cross 21: Class of 2014 Kentucky verbal commit Drew Barker threw for seven TDs against the host Indians (1-6), leading the Cougars (5-2) to their highest-scoring game of the year.
Barker was 17-for-26 for 288 yards. He rushed three times for 55 yards.
He spread the wealth, with four different receivers catching touchdown passes. Andrew Way led the way with three scores on six receptions, good for 113 total receiving yards. Ryan Romey caught three passes for 97 yards and two TDs.
Jesse McKeehan and Jacob Warwick each caught a TD pass.
Conner outgained Holy Cross 541-286, including a 298-42 passing advantage.
No. 25 Franklin Co. 54, Woodford Co. 0: The Flyers (8-0) torched the host Yellowjackets (1-6) for 471 yards and 40 first-half points in the rout. Senior running back Lorenzo McCaskell averaged more than 25 yards per rush, gaining 106 yards and two TDs on just four carries.
The Franklin County defense held Woodford to 76 yards of total offense.
Bourbon Co. 42, Garrard Co. 0: The Colonels (7-0) kept their undefeated season alive with ease, shutting out the visiting Golden Lions (3-4).
Marquaze Hill led Bourbon with 157 yards and three TDs. Dakota Mitchell forced two fumbles and had 15 tackles for the winners.
Pikeville 55, South Floyd 16: Thanks to big plays by the defense and special teams, the Panthers (6-1) put up 41 points in the first quarter against the visiting Raiders (2-5).
Cody Estep scored defensive TDs on consecutive possessions, returning a South Floyd fumble eight yards and then returning an interception 46 yards. Chase Hall returned a punt 60 yards for a TD a few possessions later.
Hall also rushed for a 49-yard TD in the rout. His 75 rushing yards in the win put him over the 1,000-yard mark with three games left in the regular season.
Perry Co. Central 67, Whitley Co. 22: Nathan Pray rushed for two TDs, threw for two and even caught one for the Commodores (4-3) in the blowout.
Holmes 14, Harrison Co. 7: Senior Jonathan Scruggs had 182 rushing yards and 61 receiving yards for the Bulldogs (5-2) in the tight win.
Mason Co. 28, Russell 6: Senior RB Rashon Nelson scored three of Mason County's four TDs to lead the Royals (7-0) at home.