Lexington Christian 56, Kentucky Country Day 20: A week after surviving a scare on the road against Williamsburg, the Eagles left little doubt in a home-opening victory Friday night. Dillon Wheatley remained hot for Christian, rushing for 92 yards and three scores, giving the junior five touchdowns through two games.
“Trying to establish the run and make sure we own the line of scrimmage is the first and foremost goal for us,” said Eagles Coach Ethan Atchley. “Pounding the ball with number 32 in the backfield is something we’re always gonna do. They did some things that we thought might limit Dillon but he was still able to get loose.”
There was no shortage of offense for either team. Christian had 507 total yards to the Bearcats’ 339. The Eagles once again went with a quarterback-by-committee approach, as starter Logan Nieves went 7-for-8 for 120 yards and a touchdown, while Brayden Miller completed 7 of 12 passes for 134 yards and a pair of scores. Nieves added 112 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
“We’ll continue to use both quarterbacks, they both give us good things in certain areas and both are continuing to excel,” said Atchley.
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Ryan Stucky hauled in eight catches for 105 yards and a touchdown while Drayden Burton caught four passes for 73 yards and two scores for the Eagles.
Bearcats quarterback Jared Frank rushed 12 times for 166 yards and a pair of TDs in the loss.
Scott County 49, Pulaski County 19: The Cardinals got off to slow start on the road, falling behind 13-0 and 19-7 before scoring the last five touchdowns of the night and shutting out the Maroons in the second half. Sam Sutton gave the Cards the lead for good with a 44-yard interception return.
Running behind a stacked offensive line that includes highly rated college prospects Colby McKee and Bryan Hudson, Scott County tailbacks feasted against Pulaski County, putting up 293 yards on the ground. Kendrick Hamilton rushed 11 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns, Bryce Lawson reeled off a 71-yard score and Caleb Demus carried five times for 51 yards. Brice Fryman added 45 yards on just three carries.
Sophomore wideout Glenn Covington hauled in four catches for 111 yards while quarterback Josh Davis went 6-of-11 for 125 yards, hitting Fryman for an 11-yard score.
Simon Kenton 50, Bryan Station 7: The Pioneers outgained the Defenders 537 yards to 193 and took a 50-0 lead into the fourth quarter before Chris Jones got Station on the board with a 5-yard TD run. Jones was a bright spot for the Defenders, rushing 14 times for 116 yards, good for an 8.2 yard-per-carry average.
Dylan Hampton rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns for the host Pioneers. Simon Kenton quarterbacks Cam Racke and Matt Shearer combined for 280 passing yards and three scores.
East Ridge 38, Phelps 18: Senior running back Brody Johnson was a one-man wrecking crew in East Ridge’s season-opening victory in the Pike County Bowl, rushing for all five of the Warriors’ touchdowns. His second-quarter scores from 81 and 42 yards out gave East Ridge a 24-6 halftime lead. Johnson added a pair of 10-yard touchdowns in the third quarter.
Sophomore Garrett Clevinger rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including a 61-yarder, and threw for another in the loss as Phelps dropped to 0-2 on the year.
Madison Central 14, Paul Dunbar 12: Visiting Paul Dunbar (0-2) pulled within two points when Gavin Bugg connected with Tre Homer on a 63-yard touchdown pass with 2:22 remaining, but Bugg's conversion pass failed, and the Indians were able to run out the clock.
Madison Central (2-0) had stretched its lead to 14-6 lead with 4:59 to play on quarterback Zach Hardin's 2-yard touchdown run. Hardin also threw a 56-yard TD pass in the second quarter.
Homer had five catches for 187 yards. Bugg was 14-for-27 passing for 227 yards and three interceptions.
Belfry 48, Tates Creek 12: The reigning Class 3A champions put away the Commodores early in their season-opener. Cameron Catron started the avalanche with a 73-yard punt return touchdown as the Pirates lit up the scoreboard for 34 first-quarter points on their way to a 45-6 halftime lead. Noah Corbett and Derek Wellman rushed for two touchdowns apiece in the win.
Luke Duby hit Jackson Beerman for an 80-yard TD pass and Langston Love added an 8-yard scoring run for Tates Creek (0-2).
Campbell County 24, Highlands 21: Nic Mayer was clutch on offense and special teams for the Camels. The junior booted a 29-yard fourth-quarter field goal to give Campbell County (1-1) a victory in its home opener. Mayer also grabbed a 93-yard touchdown pass from Austin Hoeh. Grant Murray had two touchdown runs for the Bluebirds (1-1).
Collins 55, Bullitt East 52: With Collins trailing 52-48, quarterback J.R. Lucas found Sam Harrod for a 13-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in the game to give the Titans (2-0) a thrilling home win.
Lucas burnt Bullitt’s secondary for 389 yards and six touchdowns as NaSean Roseberry, Dalton Maggard and Payton Hawk each went over 100 yards receiving.
Bullitt East (0-2) took the lead on Hunter Perdue’s fourth touchdown run of the game with 2:11 left in the fourth quarter. Perdue rushed 23 times for 284 yards in the loss.
Western Hills 36, Franklin Co. 34: A big night from WanDale Robinson helped the Wolverines hold off their cross-town rivals. Trailing 27-22, Western Hills (2-0) took the lead when the sophomore running back scored from 11 yards out midway through the third quarter. Robinson’s 39 yard score with 3:44 left in the game gave the Wolverines a two-possession advantage. He finished with 138 yards on 15 carries. Jerimiah Green threw three touchdowns and rushed for 117 yards for the Flyers (1-1).
Anderson County 24, Clark County 14: Host Anderson County (1-1) scored the game's final 17 points — all in the second half — to beat Clark County.
Blake Franklin's 7-yard touchdown run with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter gave Anderson County its first lead, 17-14. Franklin sealed the victory with a 22-yard TD run with 52 seconds left.
Franklin rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns as Anderson County outgained Clark County 237-53 on the ground.
Clark County led 14-7 midway through the third quarter when Pierce Nisbet threw his second TD pass of the game, a 6-yarder to Chandler Gray. Nisbet threw a 42-yard TD pass to Isaiah Noland in the first quarter.
Union County 40, Hancock County 13: Senior running back Dontae Smith lit up the Hornets for 156 yards and three touchdowns, including a 94-yarder, to lead the Braves to a road win in their season opener.