John Hardin's 460 yards of total offense were too much for the Blue Devils, who racked up 362 yards themselves, and the visiting Bulldogs earned the 44-27 victory on the first night of high school football in the Bluegrass State.
Henry Clay jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter following 15- and 62-yard runs by Dearion Jones and Elijah Bell, respectively. The teams went back-and-forth throughout the half from there, with John Hardin taking a 22-21 lead into the break.
The Bulldogs went on a 22-0 run following halftime, all three touchdowns coming on Patrick Anderson passes. Anderson finished with 174 yards and four touchdowns on 6-for-11 passing.
Bell had 10 carries for 196 yards and two touchdowns for Henry Clay. The Blue Devils' Rhoman James completed all three of his pass attempts for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Lexington Christian 13, Louisville Christian 12: Dima Ballard and Justin King connected for two touchdowns and they proved to be enough to hold off the visiting Louisville Christian squad.
Louisville Christian took the early lead in the first quarter on a Nathan Christmas 4-yard run. LCA knotted things up with 0:39 left in the half on a Ballard 5-yard pass to King.
The Eagles took the lead at the 3:27 mark on a second Ballard-to-King score, this time covering 19 yards. Louisville Christian's Nick Payne scored from 4 yards out with 0:37 left in the game, but a failed Chad Meredith two-point run sealed Louisville Christian's fate.
Ballard finished with 111 yards on 11-for-17 passing. King had five receptions for 81 yards with a long of 38.
Tates Creek 28, West Jessamine 9: The Commodores won their road opener in Nicholasville by ending the game on a 21-0 run after Colts took a 9-7 lead with 1:40 left in the first half.
Both teams moved the ball, with Tates Creek barely outgaining the Colts 346-329 in yardage.
Breathitt Co. 49, Estill County 12: Richard Trent figured in four touchdowns for the visiting Bobcats in their rout of Estill County.
The senior threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, all in the first half. He also completed a two-point conversion run following the Bobcats' final touchdown, scored in the third quarter.
Braden Fugate had two touchdown runs for Breathitt County. A 76-yard run by Mitch Plowman and a 10-yard run by Cordell Day accounted for Estill County's only points.
Highlands 51, Boyle County 31: Donovan McCoy was a second-half stud for the Bluebirds, who trailed 24-15 at halftime to the visiting Rebels. He got the ball into the end zone three times in the third quarter on runs from 2, 18 and 51 yards. McCoy ran for another 2-yard score in the fourth to cap off his night.
Collins 21, Meade County 14: Senior wide receiver Nathan Sames was the star for Collins, catching four balls from quarterback Lawson Page for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
Covington Catholic 37, Campbell County 0: The Colonels blanked the Camels in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at Dixie Heights behind a 22-for-35 passing performance by senior quarterback Blake Bir and a solid all-around game from junior Sam Dressman.
Bir threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball seven times for 65 yards. Dressman ran 10 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns. He caught the ball four times for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Paris 21, Jackson County 14: Paris senior quarterback Nate Stevens connected on six of 11 passing for 105 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball eight times for 41 yards and two touchdowns, and the visiting Greyhounds took care of business early at Jackson County, putting 30 points on the scoreboard before the break while allowing only a single touchdown.
Senior running back Marcus Champs added a touchdown and 40 yards for the Greyhounds on six carries.
Scott County 46, Seneca 14: The Cardinals held the visiting Redhawks scoreless in the first half and only surrendered 14 points in the third quarter in their home opener. Senior running back Kevo Edwards led the Scott County attack, running for three touchdowns and 148 yards on 16 carries.