Henry Clay's reward for keeping the state's leading rusher out of the end zone: a winning regular season.
The 16th-ranked Blue Devils gained just nine first downs (two on penalties), but their defense was good enough to keep No. 13 Boone County in check in a 14-7 win Friday night in Florence.
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The Rebels' Charles Quainoo, who was leading the state coming into the game with an average of 221 yards, was held to 112 yards on 25 carries. Boone County's only touchdown came on an 18-yard pass from Luke Sciamanna to Daniel Lokesak with 1:06 left in the fourth quarter.
Before that score, Henry Clay's Tyler Hooker had already run for two touchdowns to give the Devils (5-4) a 14-0 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
The victory gave Henry Clay a winning regular season. The Devils scheduled only nine games and will have an extra week to prepare for their first-round matchup with Ryle in the 6A playoffs. They got to the quarterfinals last season before being trounced by eventual state champion Trinity.
Hooker and Cole Mielcarek led the Henry Clay offense Friday night. Hooker ran for 60 yards and caught two passes while Mielcarek completed 10 of 21 passes for 122 yards.
Boone County (7-2) completed just four of 16 passes and could find little offense when Quainoo didn't have the ball. The Rebels punted six times, lost a fumble, missed a field goal, and had a turnover on downs before scoring on Sciamanna's pass on their final possession.
No. 6 Lexington Catholic 44, Apollo 14: Greg Raglin had three touchdown runs and the visiting Knights (6-4) forced six turnovers in a season-ending rout of the Eagles (2-9).
Raglin ran 11 times for 86 yards and Nic Ward completed 10 of 20 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.
Apollo's first seven possessions ended without a point. The Eagles had four punts, two interceptions and a fumble before Hunter Cannon scored on a 1-yard run to make it a 31-7 LexCath lead with 2:13 left in the first half. But that left enough time for the Knights to score two more touchdowns on a 17-yard Ward pass and a 61-yard fumble return by Gus Detoma.
No. 1 Trinity 56, Paul Dunbar 0: Tim Phillips ran for three touchdowns and Cameron Smyth threw for three more to lead the top-ranked Shamrocks (8-1) to an easy win at Dunbar (1-8).
Trinity outgained the Bulldogs 449-99 and had 21 first downs to Dunbar's eight. The Bulldogs had only one turnover and three penalties for 11 yards, but they moved into Trinity territory just twice and had just two drives of more than five plays.
Trinity's Phillips ran 10 times for 115 yards and Smyth completed 13 of 16 passes for 203 yards. He also had a 3-yard touchdown run.
Lafayette 21, Western Hills 0: Matt Britt threw two touchdown passes and Eric Shaw Jr. had a touchdown catch and a touchdown run in the Generals' road shutout of the Wolverines (5-4).
Shaw ran 14 times for 99 yards and caught three passes for 23 yards. Britt went 14-for-41 passing for 149 yards.
Britt found Keenan Green for a 28-yard touchdown with no time left in the first quarter to give the Generals (7-2) a 7-0 lead. Britt and Shaw hooked up less than two minutes later for a 14-0 advantage.
Lafayette's defense held Western Hills to 116 total yards of offense and just eight first downs.
No. 3 Highlands 46, No. 8 Madison Central 0: The host Bluebirds jumped on Madison Central with two quick touchdowns late in the first quarter and never had any problems before running away in the second half.
Highlands quarterback Tony Guidugli threw for two touchdowns and ran for the game's first, which gave the Bluebirds (8-1) a 7-0 lead with 2:44 left in the first quarter. Highlands scored less than 21/2 minutes later on Clint Crawford's 47-yard touchdown run.
Guidugli was 8-for-14 passing for 186 yards and Crawford led a balanced rushing attack with 63 yards.
Madison Central (7-2) had 235 total yards and didn't commit a single turnover but still couldn't put any points on the scoreboard. The Indians' first drive ended with a missed field goal and they had five punts and five turnovers on downs after that.
Isaiah Kavanaugh led Madison Central with 117 yards on 17 carries.
No. 8 Scott County 53, Lincoln County 20: Jose Smith had three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and the Cardinals (6-2) scored twice on blocked punt returns in a blowout of the visiting Patriots (1-7).
Smith had 147 yards and the three touchdowns on just seven carries. Teammate Anthony Sandoval added two touchdown runs and a 14-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to help Scott County get out to a 47-7 halftime lead.
Lincoln County fumbled the ball seven times and lost four of those. Scott County's Andre Dumphord had a 12-yard touchdown off of a blocked punt in the second quarter and Tevin Buffin added a 10-yard return in the fourth quarter.
Franklin County 41, East Jessamine 31: Sean Thompson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to help give the visiting Flyers (5-5) a .500 season. East Jessamine also finished 5-5.
Franklin County jumped out to a 28-0 lead and led 41-10 before the Jaguars scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
Zac Cantrell had two touchdown passes and two touchdown runs in the second half for East Jessamine.
West Jessamine 26, Harrison County 23: Jared Polson had a perfect game at quarterback and the host Colts held off a Harrison County comeback attempt in the final seconds to squeak out a win.
Polson completed all five of his passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns to help West Jessamine (2-7) get out to a 26-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Van Isaac threw two touchdown passes and the Thorobreds (5-5) got two two-point conversions to get within three points with 55 second left. Harrison County then recovered an onside kick and got to the Colts 30 before West Jessamine was able to recover a fumble off a bad snap with 28 seconds left.
Whitley County 47, Woodford County 0: The visiting Colonels (8-1) had 458 yards of total offense and the Yellowjackets never had a chance.
Woodford County (5-4) had 190 yards of offense but never found the end zone.
Whitley County's Cody Jones had three rushing touchdowns.
Marion County 42, Anderson County 39: Eric Miles found Bryson Bell on a 44-yard touchdown pass with just eight seconds left to lift the host Knights (7-2) over the Bearcats (6-3).
Marion County led 35-17 going into the fourth quarter before Anderson County scored 22 unanswered, led by Jacob Russell's two touchdown passes and two-point conversion run.
But Miles and Bryson Bell answered by connecting for the second time of the game.