Frederick Douglass 29, Lafayette 14: A week after beating Tates Creek for the program’s first victory, the Frederick Douglass football team secured a signature win, knocking off Lafayette on the road.
Nate Gay’s 7-yard TD run late in the first quarter gave the Broncos a 15-7 lead, and they never looked back.
“This feels good, a lot of my kids on this team have never beat these guys so I’m just proud for them,” said Douglass Coach Brian Landis. “But we’ve got a long way to go. We had too many penalties ... but we’ll get that cleaned up and we’ve got a chance to be pretty good.”
Aided by interceptions from Jaylin Bybee and Daiyann Perkins and a ruthless run defense, Douglass held the Generals to 282 yards of offense and 12 first downs. The Generals finished with just 76 yards on the ground. Their biggest play of the night was a 93-yard touchdown strike from Dekwan Edwards to Kuantaze Cooper as Lafayette trailed 29-7 with 6:34 left in the game.
“(The defense) played very well, I was happy with the way they responded,” Landis said. “After (Lafayette’s) first touchdown they didn’t get anything until that very last drive, that long bomb.”
Quarterback Montaveon Bean managed the game effectively for Douglass (2-1), completing 12 of 26 passes for 110 yards and avoiding an interception for the second week in a row while rushing for 63 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown that gave the Broncos the lead less than three minutes into the game.
Jefferson Harkless paced the Broncos’ ground game, rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown. Paul Dunbar transfer Gavin Bugg saw some action under center for Douglass as well, completing two passes, including a 44-yard touchdown to Micah Lowe for a 22-7 lead late in the second quarter.
Edwards, who starred at wide receiver last season, passed for 197 yards for Lafayette (1-3). Cooper caught two passes for 134 yards in the loss.
Henry Clay 48, Southwestern 16: Tyree Clarke had a monster night, rushing for 113 yards and three touchdowns and reeling in a 63-yard TD catch as the offense came alive in the second half to give the Blue Devils their first win of the season and the Warriors their first loss.
Clarke’s 1-yard plunge gave Henry Clay (1-3) a 6-0 lead heading into halftime. After the intermission, Zac Berezewitz’s bomb to Clarke kicked off a 28-point third quarter.
Michael McMullen had a pair of touchdown runs and Jordan Kimball returned an interception 48 yards for a score to cap the explosive quarter for the Blue Devils, who outrushed the Warriors 310 yards to 104.
Patric Edwards carried 16 times for 100 yards and a touchdown for Southwestern (3-1).
Tates Creek 37, Paul Dunbar 0: Teontè White celebrated his birthday in a big way on Friday night, rushing for 145 yards and three touchdowns in Tates Creek’s shutout of visiting Dunbar.
The Commodores (3-1) racked up 220 of their 287 yards on the ground.
White, who also intercepted a pass, had short TD runs in the first and second quarters, then broke loose for a 23-yard score in the final minute.
It was the second shutout of the season for Tates Creek’s defense, led by Cam Stewart’s 9 1/2 tackles. The Commodores defeated Henry Clay 48-0 in the season opener.
Paul Dunbar (0-3) has been held scoreless in all three of its games this season.
Moeller (Ohio) 38, Scott County 28: Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller took a 14-0 lead over host Scott County in the opening minutes, and the Cardinals couldn’t recover.
Scott County (3-1) lost fumbles on each of its first two possessions, the first on the Moeller 35-yard line and the second near the Moeller goal line. The Crusaders also converted a seven-play, 99-yard drive late in the first half to take a 24-7 lead.
The Cards cut the Moeller lead to 24-14 with Josh Davis’ 52-yard touchdown pass to Glenn Covington in the final minute of the first half, but the Crusaders opened the third quarter with an 11-play, 82-yard drive, and Scott County never got the scoring margin within single digits in the second half.
Senior running back Brice Fryman led the Cards with 16 carries for 187 yards. Covington had nine catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Four-star UK commitment Brenden Bates of Moeller had two receptions for 35 yards and was targeted just three times, though he played a majority of the offensive snaps and was often used as a blocker. Bates will play tight end for the Wildcats next season.
Scott County opened the season with victories over North Bullitt, Lafayette and Highlands.
Moeller was coming off of a 38-30 loss at Trinity last weekend.
Madison Central 37, Madison Southern 13: Madison Central (2-2) rolled up 366 yards on the ground against its county rival thanks to two 100-yard rushers.
Gavin Hulberg had 148 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run, on 16 carries, and Ethan Hahn added 102 yards on just five carries. Hahn had TD runs of 31 and 42 yards.
The longest score of the day, however, came on a trick play by Madison Southern (2-2) when Tobias Storm connected with fellow receiver Hunter Richardson on an 83-yard touchdown pass.
Madison Southern’s Nathaniel Eads led all players with 12 tackles. He also forced a fumble and had the game’s only interception.
Ryle 49, Highlands 27: Senior Jake Chisholm was a one-man wrecking crew on Friday, accounting for more than 300 yards of offense and five touchdowns as the Raiders overwhelmed the Bluebirds for their third win in a row.
Chisholm opened the scoring with a 27-yard touchdown run and added a pair of 2-yard TD plunges as Ryle (3-1) built a 28-14 halftime lead. He added touchdown runs of 15 and 7 yards in the second half. Chisholm carried 26 times for 281 yards and caught three passes for 47 yards. His huge night overshadowed a great performance by Raiders quarterback Easton Pilyer, who rushed for 142 yards on 10 carries and completed 12 of 16 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Carl Schoellman kept Highlands (2-2) in the game. His 20-yard touchdown pass to Jared Wogan drew the Bluebirds within 28-20 in the third quarter, but Ryle outscored the visitors 21-7 down the stretch. Schoellman completed 34 of 49 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns as he leaned on senior receivers Wogan and Nick Veneman. Wogan caught nine passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns while Veneman hauled in 14 catches for 155 yards and a pair of scores.
Collins 28, Oldham County 21: Quarterback J.R. Lucas used his arm and his legs to lead the Titans past the host Colonels. Lucas rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and completed 13 of 25 passes for 221 yards and a 19-yard touchdown to Nikos Klenakis.
Collins (3-1) put up 507 yards of total offense while holding Oldham County (1-2) to 255.
Anderson County 20, Valley 0: Blake Franklin rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries to power host Anderson County (3-1) past Valley (0-4).
Anderson County, which attempted just one pass (it was incomplete), had 228 yards of offense and held Valley to 52. Valley has scored just 14 points in four games this season.
Simon Kenton 59, Dixie Heights 21: Simon Kenton built a 35-0 first-quarter lead thanks in part to three Matt Scherer touchdown passes, and the host Pioneers coasted from there to stay undefeated.
Scherer finished 12-for-21 for 254 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Fisher Hayden (four catches for 97 yards). Brandon Smith caught four passes for 110 yards for Simon Kenton (4-0).
Dixie Heights (0-4) scored its first touchdown on Will Reidmatter’s 93-yard kickoff return.
Boone County 27, Holmes 6: Zach Grau threw two touchdown passes, and visiting Boone County’s defense held Holmes (0-3) to negative yards on the ground as the Rebels notched their first win of the season.
McKeem Robinson’s 1-yard run in the second quarter was Holmes’ first touchdown of the year after two shutout defeats.
Four different players scored touchdowns for Boone County (1-2).
Paris 41, Harrison County 7: Matthew Barber ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, and Aaron Maggard added three TD runs for host Paris (3-0).
Will Cox had 15 tackles and returned one of his two interceptions 48 yards for a Paris touchdown.
Harrison County (0-4) scored on Ben VanHook’s 24-yard TD pass to Tyler Watts in the second quarter.
Somerset 20, Hazard 9: The Bulldogs struck first on Tyler Collins’ 38-yard field goal but Ty Tevis’ 55-yard TD run gave the Briar Jumpers the lead, and his 15-yard score in the fourth quarter sealed the win for visiting Somerset (2-1). Bailey Blair scored the lone touchdown for Hazard (2-1), a 1-yard plunge that briefly recaptured the lead for the Bulldogs in the third quarter.
Shelby County 35, North Bullitt 26: Caleb Morehead rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns as Shelby County (3-1) overcame a 20-7 second-half deficit to win on the road for the second time this season.
After Dylan Embry’s 27-yard touchdown run gave North Bullitt (1-3) its biggest lead of the night midway through the third quarter, the Rockets scored four straight touchdowns, including all three of Morehead’s runs, to take control. Abnee Conner had 57 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the loss.
Conner 47, Scott 27: A pair of seniors led the Cougars past Scott (2-2) on Friday. Matt Simpson scored on an 85-yard kickoff return and Trevor Courts rushed for 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 12 carries as Conner (2-1) won its first road game of the year.
Union County 28, Madisonville 14: Chris Bledsoe had a 64-yard touchdown run, and Tyran Holmes returned an interception 66 yards for a score as Union County (3-0) stayed undefeated.
Madisonville (2-2) led 7-0 after Jariah Hightower’s 45-yard TD run in the first quarter, but the Maroons didn’t score again until Marquis Parker’s 37-yard punt return in the fourth.
Hightower had 111 of Madisonville’s 142 rushing yards on 14 carries.
Caitlyn Stroh contributed to this report