Trinity 45, Lafayette 7: No. 1 Trinity had little trouble on the road against No. 3 Lafayette Friday, outgaining the Generals on offense 368 yards to 112 and earning 17 first downs while holding the Generals to four.
Shamrocks senior quarterback Spencer Blackburn completed 11 of 18 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns, all of which found the hands of Jovel Smith. Smith caught six total passes for 122 yards.
Lafayette (2-1) avoided the shutout when Walker Wood hit Quinten Brown with a 6-yard touchdown pass with just under six minutes to play.
Friday marked the first in-state game for Trinity (3-0) this season after the Shamrocks knocked off highly-rated Tennessee teams in each of the last two weeks. They’ll host cross-town rival Male next week while Lafayette will look to rebound on the road against Boone County.
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Lexington Christian 48, Green County 8: The Eagles dominated both sides of the ball on the road against the Dragons, gaining 401 yards of total offense while allowing just 135. Quarterback Brayden Miller threw two first-half touchdowns while fellow signal caller Logan Nieves rushed for two to give Christian (3-0) a 28-0 halftime lead.
Miller finished 7-of-8 passing for 185 yards and three scores.
Nieves rushed for 102 yards. All three of Caelan Lebryk’s catches were touchdowns, one of which was a 56-yarder.
“Caelan was dialed up for a few key plays for us and our offensive line and quarterbacks were able to capitalize on some game plan stuff,” said Eagles head coach Ethan Atchley.
Running back Dillon Wheatley caught three passes for 65 yards and added 37 yards on the ground. Drew Long, Will Mayo and Wheatley each had sacks for the Eagles.
“We were able to load the box and limit some of their best offensive players,” said Atchley. “The kids were disciplined and uniform and executed the game plan, so I was proud of them for that.”
Henry Clay 34, Clark County 6: A week after a narrow loss to Ryle in the Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic, Henry Clay (1-1) got its season on track with a dominant road win in Winchester. The Blue Devils defense held Clark County (0-2) to 170 total yards and eight first downs on the night.
Junior quarterback Greg Couch completed 12 of 25 passes for 197 yards and four touchdowns. Demarcus Tyler and Zac Berezowitz each reeled in two TDs.
“We needed to be able to throw the ball tonight,” said Henry Clay head coach Sam Simpson. “Clark has some nice size players up front and they said ‘We’re gonna take the run away from you.’ It was part of the game that I thought we could exploit and we did … Tonight we did what we needed to do to get the win.”
Scott County 42, Highlands 33: The Cardinals used a potent rushing attack to score an impressive road win, rushing for 437 yards to outlast the Bluebirds and improve to 3-0 on the year. Kendrick Hamilton kicked off the festivities with a 51-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter.
After Nick Veneman gave Highlands (1-2) a 27-21 lead with the third of his four touchdown catches, Hamilton put the Cardinals ahead for good with a 47-yard TD run in the third quarter, the first of three-straight rushing scores for Scott County.
Hamilton finished with 204 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.
Brice Fryman rushed 11 times for 103 yards and added two catches for 40 yards for the Cards.
Veneman grabbed nine catches for 225 yards while quarterback Brady Gosney completed 21 of 35 passes for 325 yards and four touchdowns in the loss.
Johnson Central 54, Lexington Catholic 27: The Golden Eagles’ ground game was in high gear on Friday. Johnson Central rumbled for 432 rushing yards to send Lexington Catholic (1-2) to its second-straight defeat.
The Knights tied it at 7-7 on a 34-yard TD pass from Kirk Fagot to Bo Bennington late in the first quarter. But three Golden Eagles touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 17-yard pass and a 27-yard reception from quarterback Geordan Blanton, gave Johnson Central (2-0) a 27-13 halftime edge.
Joe Jackson rushed 19 times for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Golden Eagles. Cody Rice added 85 yards on just three carries while Trevor May and Blake Gamble each had a pair of TDs on the ground.
Fagot went 13-for-25 passing for 264 yards and three TDs, one of which went to Ben Buchignani who caught four passes for 110 yards in the loss.
Cooper 52, Bryan Station 28: The Defenders hung tough on the road through the first half, trailing the Jaguars 24-21 heading into the locker room. But Cooper outscored Station 28-7 after halftime to send the Defenders to their second-straight loss.
Senior quarterback Jarod Lonaker had two short rushing scores and another through the air in the second half for Cooper (2-1). Lonaker went 15 for 28 passing for 292 yards and four TDs on the night. Jaden Jackson rushed 23 times for 181 yards and a touchdown
Quarterback Jalen Burbage completed 27-of-43 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns for Station (1-2), but also tossed two interceptions. Micah Lowe caught seven passes for 91 yards and two TDs in the loss.
Franklin County 43, Woodford County 13: Denzel Vance rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown to lead the Flyers to a win in their home opener. Franklin rushed for 245 yards while holding the YellowJackets to 29. Jerimiah Green had three rushing scores for the Flyers while Tre Simmons added two more. Dalton Landrum and Brady Roberts each had three tackles-for-loss for Franklin County, which had 14 as a team on the night.
Covington Catholic 34, Sycamore (Ohio) 33 (OT): Visiting Sycamore fought back from a 20-6 halftime deficit to force overtime against the Colonels and took its only lead of the game on a two-yard touchdown run. But the Aves missed the point-after kick and CovCath tied the game on a five yard touchdown pass from AJ Mayer to David Reisiger minutes later. Matthew Kloska’s PAT was good, giving the Colonels a thrilling home win that improved their record to 2-1 on the year. Mayer completed 18 of 35 passes for 247 yards and three TDs.
Madison Central 15, Bourbon County 0: The Indians’ defense held the Colonels to 178 yards of offense and got on the scoreboard with a safety to lead Madison Central to a win on the road. Gavin Hulberg and Jaylin Powell each rushed for touchdowns.
Collins 28, Eastern 21: Quarterback JR Lucas found Dalton Maggard for a three-yard touchdown with 18 seconds left to send the Titans (3-0) past the host Eagles (1-2). Lucas passed for 283 yards and four touchdowns, two of which went to Maggard, who caught five passes for 70 yards. NaSean Roseberry grabbed seven catches for 98 yards and two scores. Greg Johnson rushed for two TDs in the loss.