Jose Smith did all he could to keep Scott County's season alive Friday night.
Male's Justin Green made sure that didn't happen.
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Green ran for 254 yards and four touchdowns and added a 76-yard touchdown reception to counter Smith's spectacular performance and help the No. 15 Bulldogs beat No. 9 Scott County 56-35 in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
Smith sent the host Cardinals into the second quarter with a 7-0 lead, but the Bulldogs outscored Scott County 21-6 from there until halftime and never trailed again.
Green scored on two long touchdowns in the second quarter to put Male ahead 14-7 with 3:59 left in the first half. His 74-yard run and 76-yard reception from Dexter Britt were early highlights in a performance that included 330 yards of total offense and five touchdowns.
Smith ran 39 times for 266 yards and three touchdowns for the Cardinals, but Scott County never got within seven points of Male in the second half.
Cory Cronin's 50-yard scoring pass to Josh Walls cut the Bulldogs' lead to 42-35 with 8:34 remaining, but Green's 14-yard touchdown capped an eight-play, 69-yard drive that lasted more than four minutes and pretty much ended the Cardinals' comeback hopes.
Scott County ended the season with a 10-3 record.
Male will next face Simon Kenton, which came into the week as the eighth-rated team in Class 6A.
Simon Kenton 14, No. 14 Boone County 7: Miles Simpson, the state's second-leading rusher, had a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 48-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to cap the Pioneers' upset of host Boone County.
Boone County led 42-0 at halftime of the two teams' regular-season matchup. Friday's rematch was tied 7-all at the half after the favored Rebels turned it over on their first drive and didn't do much better the rest of the way.
No. 3 Highlands 35, No. 9 Johnson Central 21: The game was tied 7-7 at halftime, but Highlands needed just seven offensive plays to score three touchdowns to go along with a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the second half and break open the game.
Bluebirds quarterback Tony Guidugli was 8-for-10 passing for 179 yards and three touchdowns, and Highlands outgained Johnson Central 360-351.
Highlands will next travel to Whitley County, rated No. 7 in Class 5A.
No. 5 Bell County 19, Knox Central 14: A 72-yard shovel pass saved Bell County's perfect season.
Trailing by a point in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, Bobcats quarterback Shawnta Zachery flipped the ball to Matt Esrain, who went 72 yards to set up a Spencer Greer touchdown.
The unranked Panthers' efforts for a last-minute comeback were squelched when Esrain intercepted a pass to clinch the win and send the Bobcats to the Class 4A semifinals, where they will host No. 4 Boyle County with a trip to the state championship game on the line.
Zachery and Esrain also hooked up for a 75-yard touchdown in the second quarter that gave Bell County a 10-0 lead.
Breathitt County 39, Estill County 7: Junior running back Channing Fugate ran for more than 200 yards and the host Bobcats defeated the Engineers for the second time this season.
Fugate had 26 carries for 233 yards and two touchdowns and junior quarterback Jade Haddix was 10-for-13 for 139 yards and three scores to lead the Bobcats.
The Bobcats, rated No. 3 in Class 3A, will face Belfry, the No. 2 team in the class, in the state semifinals.
Newport Central Catholic 54, DeSales 19: Senior running back Mark Kelly had more than 350 all-purpose yards and the host Thoroughbreds handled DeSales to advance to the semifinals.
Kelly carried 14 times for 158 yards and five touchdowns and added 197 yards and a touchdown on punt returns.
The Thoroughbreds, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, will play Corbin, which is ranked No. 4 in the class, in the state semifinals.
No. 24 Beechwood 42, Frankfort 14: The visiting Tigers turned a seven-point game at halftime into a blowout in the second half to keep their hopes alive for a second straight state title.
Senior running back Nieco Teipel ran 36 times for 255 yards and three touchdowns, two of them coming in a second half that saw Beechwood outscore the Panthers 28-7.
Junior running back Quan Weaver led Frankfort with 17 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown.
Frankfort finished the season with an 11-2 record.
Beechwood, favorites to win a second title in a row, will face Crittenden County, which is ranked seventh in Class A, in the state semifinals.