VERSAILLES — Ryan Timmons, the reigning Class 2A 100-meter sprint champion, isn't slowed a bit by wearing a helmet and pads and tucking a football under his arm.
Franklin County's 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior left burn marks all over Woodford County's artificial turf Friday night as he led the unbeaten Flyers to a 57-25 victory over their 5A district rivals.
Timmons was simply fabulous as his 4.4 speed left Woodford County in his vapor trail. He touched the ball 11 times, scored seven touchdowns and a two-point conversion, and totaled 374 yards rushing and receiving.
His best game ever?
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"One of 'em, so far," Timmons said with a smile.
Franklin County Coach Chris Tracy said the most impressive thing about Timmons is that "everybody knows he's getting the ball, and yet they still have problems stopping him."
Besides his terrific speed, Timmons has uncanny cut-back ability that makes him a ghost to tackle.
"He's done some things this year I never thought I'd see out of a high school player," Tracy said. "People can be right on his back and you don't think he knows they're there, then he makes a cut and he's gone."
In eight games Timmons has 992 yards and 17 TDs receiving, and 819 yards and 13 TDs rushing.
Against Woodford County, he had five catches for 203 yards and three TDs, the longest a 76-yarder. He ran five times for 171 yards and four TDs, the longest a 74-yarder.
Timmons, who has gotten the attention of UK's coaches, gave a hint of things to come when he raced 70 yards for a TD on his first carry of the night. The score was wiped out by a penalty, but it didn't matter. Three plays later Logan Woodside threw a laser-accurate pass to him over the middle and he turned it into a 76-yard TD.
Woodside, a junior quarterback, was razor-sharp passing. He completed nine of 10 for 244 yards and four TDs.
Franklin County piled up 479 yards on just 27 plays as Tracy returned to the school where he was head coach for seven years. Woodside said having a weapon like Timmons "is unreal. It's really special to be able to throw to him. He makes me look good and the team look good."
Tracy said the Flyers have plenty of other weapons, including running backs Chris Roberts and Daniel Anderson, and receiver Greg Maupin.
But if opponents don't double- or triple-up on Timmons, he's going to be Franklin County's go-to guy.
Timmons modestly deflected any personal glory after Friday's night's show.
"I don't care about all that. I just want to win," he said.
Woodford County had a productive night offensively, generating 371 yards. Brandon Campbell rushed for 118 yards. Samuel Rusher had 98 and one TD.
Michael Rusher had 105 yards and two TDs rushing and receiving. Quarterback Matt Couch threw for 104 yards and one score.
The time of possession statistic was rendered meaningless. Woodford County had the ball for 37 minutes to just 11 for Franklin County.
But then with Timmons sprinting up and down the field, the Flyers didn't need any long drives.
Woodford County Coach Steve Stonebraker said there's no way to prepare for a guy that fast. "You can't re-create his kind of speed. He's a heck of a football player."
Franklin Co. 14 22 14 7—57
Woodford Co. 6 6 13 0—25
FC—Greg Maupin 6 pass from Logan Woodside (Zach Durham kick). WC—Michael Rusher 26 run (kick failed). FC—Ryan Timmons 76 pass from Woodside (Durham kick). WC—Rusher 30 pass from Matt Couch (run failed). FC—Timmons 8 run (Durham kick). FC—Timmons 74 run (Durham kick). FC—Timmons 29 pass from Woodside (Durham kick). WC—Couch 1 run (Zack Korby kick) FC—Timmons 54 run (Durham kick). WC—Samuel Rusher 38 run (pass failed). FC—Timmons 33 run (Durham kick). FC—Timmons 66 pass from Woodside (Durham kick).
Records: Franklin Co. 8-0; Woodford Co. 4-3