The Woodford County Yellowjackets have little room for error if they're going to duplicate last year's breakout season.
Coming off a surprising 8-2 campaign last year, Woodford County got off to a rough start with a 42-14 loss at John Hardin Friday night.
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The Bulldogs scored 28 unanswered points in a runaway first half and set a school record with 558 rushing yards in the season opener.
Senior running back Elias Camper led John Hardin with 11 carries for 197 yards and three touchdowns. He also had an 18-yard touchdown catch.
Steven Duckworth gave the Yellowjackets a 7-0 lead with a 67-yard touchdown run in the first quarter before the Bulldogs took over. Camper had scoring runs of 13 and 75 yards to cap first-quarter scoring and Cameron Parker and Tim Marcum scored touchdowns in the second quarter to give Hardin a 28-7 advantage at the break.
In addition to Camper's 197 yards, senior fullback David Morehead had 10 carries for 120 yards, sophomore running back Landon Savoy ran six times for 100 yards, and junior Michael Wright had 96 yards on nine carries.
Franklin County 72, Waggener 27: Junior quarterback Sean Thompson threw for four touchdowns and senior wide receiver Deron Hicks caught three of them in the Flyers' home rout of Waggener.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first with a Jonathan Tidwell-to-Wayne Mozee touchdown pass of 73 yards, but the lead didn't last long.
Franklin County scored five consecutive touchdowns before the end of the first quarter and Waggener never recovered from the 35-7 deficit.
Thompson, who also ran for 63 yards and a touchdown, found Hicks on scoring passes of 12, 72 and 40 yards. He also connected with Brandon Meriweather for a 22-yard touchdown.
Highlands 26, Ryle 6: Senior running back Clint Crawford scored on a 6-yard run less than 3 minutes into the season opener and the Bluebirds coasted past Ryle.
Senior quarterback Tony Guidugli got plenty of support from a stout Highlands defense as the hosts held the Raiders scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Guidugli completed 10 of 15 passes for 184 yards and added a 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that set the final score for Highlands, which was ranked No. 3 in Mike Fields' pre-season ratings.
The Bluebirds' defense held Ryle to 3 yards rushing and 15 yards passing with just one first down through three quarters. They also sacked the Raiders nine times in the game.
Crawford led Highlands in rushing with 21 carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
Johnson Central 26, Breathitt County 14: The Golden Eagles jumped on Breathitt with two rushing touchdowns in the first half and held on for an upset in the KRMC Honey Bowl at Breathitt County.
Nathan Dillon and Jay Brayton each had 7-yard touchdown runs to give Johnson Central a 14-0 lead at halftime.
The Golden Eagles added a long touchdown run early in the third quarter, jumping to a 20-0 lead.
Jade Haddix had an 11-yard touchdown pass and a 9-yard touchdown run for Breathitt County, ranked No. 21 and No. 3 among 3A teams.
Anderson County 52, Madison Southern 0: The visiting Bearcats opened up a 45-0 lead by halftime and senior wide receiver Jordan Alves finished with three touchdowns for a team that started last season 11-0 before a disappointing second-round exit from the 5A playoffs.
Junior quarterback Jacob Russell completed nine of 13 passes for 157 yards and four touchdowns, and the Anderson County defense forced six fumbles and recovered five of them.
Bath County 24, West Carter 14: Junior quarterback Josh Terry found senior wide receiver Aaron Roberts on two touchdown passes and the visiting Wildcats never trailed.
Zak Metz scored Bath County's first touchdown of the game on a 50-yard run in the first quarter.
Holmes 25, Dayton 6: Sophomore wide receiver Chris Hayes' only two catches of the night both went for touchdowns, and the host Bulldogs had little trouble with Dayton.
Senior quarterback Charlie Riley was 6-for-13 passing for 110 yards and added 42 rushing yards. Riley found Hayes on touchdown passes of 46 and 23 yards.
McCreary Central 36, Clinton County 26: Junior quarterback Aaron Watts carries 21 times for 191 yards and a touchdown and completed four passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns to lead the host Raiders past Clinton. Junior defensive back Dustin Goins paced the McCreary Central defense with two interceptions, one fumble recovery and 102 total return yards.
Conner 57, Cooper 0: Senior quarterback Nick West had 309 yards of total offense and five touchdowns to lead the host Cougars' rout in the first-ever game for Cooper High School. West passed for 159 yards and three touchdowns while running for 150 yards and two scores.