Breathitt County's Channing Fugate was already off to a great start before Friday night's game against Lexington Christian.
The junior running back's year got a whole lot better with the Bobcats' 40-26 victory over the visiting Eagles.
Fugate ran 32 times for a whopping 403 yards and six touchdowns. His touchdown runs of 8 yards and 67 yards on Breathitt County's first two possessions of the second half broke open a 21-19 game and sent the Bobcats (6-2) past Lexington Christian (4-3) for the second consecutive season.
Fugate came into the game ranked third in the state with an average of 181 yards a game. His touchdown total for the year reached 15 with Friday's haul.
While Fugate spent most of the night in the Eagles' end zone, LCA star running back Domonique Hayden was held well below his season scoring average.
Hayden reached the end zone only once — on a 12-yard run at the end of the second quarter to close LCA's deficit to two points, which is as close as they would get.
Scott County 34, Tates Creek 20: The Cardinals (5-2) fell behind 20-13 late in the third quarter before coming back with three unanswered touchdowns to beat the visiting Commodores (2-5).
Cory Cronin found Marcus Hill with a 16-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 20 and two Joe Smith touchdown runs set the final margin for the Cardinals.
Smith led Scott County with 162 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.
Tates Creek's Chris Kemplin completed 14 of 25 passes with two touchdowns and an interception.
No. 14 Madison Central 57, Paul Dunbar 6: Keshawn Simpson scored two touchdowns in the first five minutes and added another in the third quarter to lead the host Indians (6-1) past Dunbar (1-6).
Madison Central scored 21 points in the first quarter, 16 in the second and 14 in the third before both teams had six in the fourth quarter.
Steven Willis ran in Dunbar's only touchdown with 6:54 left in the game.
The Indians outgained the Bulldogs 458-161 in total offensive yards and averaged 10.7 yards per play.
Isaiah Kavanaugh (95 yards, one touchdown) and Shane King (94 yards, one touchdown) led a Madison Central rushing attack that gained 280 yards.
Woodford County 37, West Jessamine 28: The visiting Yellowjackets (5-3) overcame a seven-point deficit at halftime with 23 unanswered points in the third quarter to beat the Colts (1-6).
Woodford County quarterback Steven Duckworth ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more.
Frankfort 46, Western Hills 29: Junior running back Quan Weaver ran for 104 yards and the host Panthers turned a close game at halftime into a rout.
Weaver had a touchdown run, two kickoff returns for touchdowns that went longer than 90 yards and an interception return for a 71-yard touchdown.
Frankfort (6-1) led 19-14 at halftime but outscored the Wolverines (5-2) 21-7 in the third quarter to take control.
Paris 33, Owen County 6: Senior running back Tion Thomas went over 1,000 yards for the season and the host Greyhounds (2-6) ran away from Owen County (2-6).
Thomas had 172 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
No. 21 Newport Central Catholic 28, Conner 27: The Cougars scored with 35 seconds left to narrow NewCath's lead to one point but a botched extra-point attempt ended their chances for a victory.
After Rob Kues scored on a 5-yard run to give NewCath a 28-21 lead, Conner's Nick West threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pugh to make it 28-27. But a faulty snap on the extra point led to a failed rushing attempt and the visiting Thoroughbreds (6-1) saved the victory.
Senior running back Mark Kelly led NewCath with 25 carries for 307 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cougars (3-4) were led by West, who completed 25 of 35 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 11 Beechwood 28, Covington Holy Cross 7: The visiting Tigers (8-0) kept the Holy Cross offense in check for most of the game and Neico Teipel ran for three touchdowns to keep them undefeated.
Teipel ran 26 times for 247 yards and scored twice in the third quarter to put the Indians (2-5) away.
No. 13 Bell County 48, Sheldon Clark 0: The host Bobcats (7-0) stayed undefeated and put the first blemish on Sheldon Clark's record with a blowout win.
Senior running back Spencer Greer carried 19 times for 144 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bell County, which jumped out to a 35-0 lead by halftime.
The Bobcats defense held the Cardinals (6-1) to 56 total yards and 31 rushing yards on 29 attempts.
Simon Kenton 40, Russell 20: Sophomore running back Miles Simpson ran for five touchdowns and the host Pioneers (4-4) scored 21 points in the third quarter to top Russell (6-2).
Simpson ran 23 times for 236 yards
Wayne County 34, Pulaski County 28: Junior running back D.J. Hall carried 17 times for 134 yards and the game-winning 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Hall also had a 50-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to put Wayne County (5-2) on the board after Pulaski County (4-3) jumped out to a 20-0 lead.
Hall was helped out by junior quarterback Zack Stephenson, who had 185 yards passing, 46 yards rushing, a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown.
Pulaski County quarterback Chris Muse had two touchdown passes and a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. He was 7-for-16 passing for 139 yards and added 151 rushing yards with a touchdown.
Knott County Central 60, South Floyd 14: The host Patriots (3-4) forced a fumble on the opening kickoff and converted it into a touchdown to start a 48-point first quarter and put away the Raiders (1-6) early.
Jason Carmody had touchdown runs of 45 and 8 yards to help lead the Knott Central offense, which scored eight touchdowns and converted six two-point conversions.