Liam Hamilton's 39-yard field goal was the only thing preventing a first-half Somerset shutout of Lexington Christian at home. The Briar Jumpers led 21-3 at the break.
Then Nick Whitman scored three Eagles TDs, the LCA defense held Somerset without a second-half point, and the Eagles prevailed 22-21 on Friday night.
The senior running back rushed for scores from 38 and 46 yards out in the third quarter. Those TDs came within just 39 seconds of one another as LCA (5-3) capitalized on a turnover by the Briar Jumpers (0-8).
The go-ahead TD came from 31 yards out with 2:05 left.
Whitman, who entered the game tied for the Class 2A lead in rushing TDs, finished with 240 yards on 25 carries.
No. 13 Henry Clay 56, Paul Dunbar 28: Joquise Buford, Class 6A's leading rusher by several metrics, went for 284 yards and six TDs — including a 77-yard burner near the end of the first half — in the rout for the Blue Devils (6-2).
The six scores bring Buford's total on the season to 22. He has now rushed for 1,318 yards. Both are tops in 6A.
The junior running back outrushed the Bulldogs (3-5) by himself (266 yards). Paul Dunbar dropped its fifth straight.
No. 15 Lafayette 50, Madison Central 28: The Generals prevailed in a contest pitting two of Class 6A's top quarterbacks.
Walker Wood, a sophomore, rushed for 104 yards and two TDs. He also went 10-for-19 with 181 yards and a TD for the Generals (6-3). He threw one interception.
Zach Hardin went for 136 yards and two TDs on 10-of-16 passing for the Indians (3-6). He threw an interception and was sacked three times.
Malik Robinson also rushed for two Lafayette TDs. The senior finished with 104 yards on 13 carries.
Clark Co. 21, Tates Creek 6: Luke Sharrock threw two TDs for the Cardinals (3-5), who won for the first time in four games and crossed the 20-point mark for just the third time this season.
The Commodores (3-6) failed to get on the board until the game's final seconds — Jackson Beerman caught a 38-yard TD pass from Graham Gordon as time expired. Tates Creek dropped its fourth straight.
No. 1 Male 35, No. 7 Trinity 34 (2OT): Senior quarterback David Mattingly connected with Zackery Smith for a TD and the Bulldogs' defense contained a two-point conversion attempt in the second overtime to win at home.
Donald Brooks scored out of the Wildcat formation to get the Shamrocks (5-4) to within a point. Brooks got the direct snap again on the two-point try, but Male (8-0) contained the Trinity running back, whom 247 Sports ranks as the state's sixth-best recruit.
Franklin Co. 35, Anderson Co. 21: Junior quarterback Barrett Sanderson rushed for two TDs and threw a score in the win for the Flyers (6-2).
Zach Carmichael went 15-for-22 for 265 yards for Anderson (5-3), but threw an interception and was sacked twice.
The Bearcats' Brayden Russell, a senior wideout, had seven catches for 128 yards.
Woodford Co. 61, Montgomery Co. 20: Senior running back Kaine Maxberry set a single-game rushing record with 305 yards on just 15 carries for the Yellowjackets, eclipsing Tony Wilson's total of 299 set in 1997.
Maxberry had five TDs for the Yellowjackets (2-6), who rushed for a school-record 614 yards in the game.
Fellow senior Dalton Rose rushed for 197 yards and two TDs against the Indians (2-6).
Pikeville 55, Phelps 0: Ben Maynard returned a punt 60 yards for a TD, the second score in a 35-point first-quarter binge for the Panthers (8-0).
Daric Pugh chipped in two rushing TDs against the county-rival Hornets (0-7-1).
Owensboro Catholic 57, Union Co. 20: Junior quarterback Ray Zuberer threw eight TDs for the second straight week as the Aces (8-1) trounced the host Braves (4-4).
Zuberer went 11-for-16 for 302 yards.
Senior wide receiver Matthew Norcia had four catches — all TDs — for Owensboro Catholic. He finished with 139 yards.
Wayne Co. 42, McCreary Central 8: Last season’s Class 3A runner-up won consecutive games for the first time this season. The Cardinals (3-6) scored TDs on its first five plays from scrimmage.
Dalton Garner rushed for two TDs for the hosts. Garner, a sophomore, had never registered a high-school carry until rushing 24 times for 234 yards and five TDs in Wayne’s 48-14 win over Casey County.