Running backs ruled the night in Taylor County on Friday night, as the Cardinals and visiting Lexington Catholic combined for more than 600 yards on the ground.
The Knights used seven different rushers to gain 330 yards and topple Taylor County 56-14 to improve to 7-1 on the season. Topping the list was junior running back Malik Guidry, who rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown on just three carries, including a 65-yard jaunt.
Senior running back Daulton Turpin put on a show for the home crowd in the loss, gashing the Knights for 230 yards and a pair of long touchdowns. Turpin also hauled in the only reception for the Cardinals (4-3), who were outgained through the air 182 yards to 17.
Franklin County 76, Woodford County 55: Field goals were not on the menu in Franklin County on Friday night. The Flyers and visiting Woodford County combined for nearly 1,200 yards of offense in a game that saw 19 touchdowns scored and eventually ended with Franklin County topping the Yellowjackets to remain undefeated at 8-0. Senior quarterback Logan Woodside led the aerial assault for the Flyers, throwing for 330 yard and six touchdowns.
More than half of that yardage was chewed up by senior wideout Ryan Timmons, who hauled in four catches for 166 yards and three scores. Timmons topped the century mark on the ground as well, rumbling for 122 yards and three more touchdowns.
Not to be outdone, Woodford County surged for more than 400 rushing yards, led by senior tailback Jarren Holts who carried 19 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Kainan Hudson added 140 yards and another score for the Jackets, who led 27-20 at halftime but were buried by a 46-point second-half outburst by the Flyers.
Bryan Station 42, Paul Dunbar 17: Bryan Station started slow, but found the right formula to turn a 7-3 halftime lead over host Paul Dunbar (2-5) into a second-half rout. The Defenders hung 500 yards of offense on the Bulldogs, led by quarterback Ora Johnson's 368-yard, five-touchdown performance through the air. Senior receiver Kenyon Hipps was in sync with Johnson all night, grabbing 10 catches for 220 yards and three scores and helping Station improve to 5-2.
Junior Trent Bauer starred for Dunbar in the loss, tossing a pair of touchdowns, including a 71-yard bomb to Taylor Smith.
Madison Central 45, Tates Creek 38: Madison Central outgained Tates Creek 509 yards to 270 to send the Commodores home with a 3-5 record. Senior tailback Dominique Hawkins led the Indians, scoring three times for Madison Central, all in the first half.
Tates Creek rolled the dice in the second half, surprising Madison Central with two onside kicks that they recovered to keep the game close. Sophomore quarterback Graham Gordon passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns for Tates Creek.
Lafayette 35, Clark County 13: Junior Kylan Nelson starred for Lafayette (5-3), scoring three times for the Generals as they used a 14-0 fourth-quarter run to put away Clark County in Winchester.
Nelson scored both Generals touchdowns in the fourth, barrelling into the end zone from 3 yards out with four minutes to go, then hauling in a 38-yard pass from senior quarterback Garrett Peavler with less than two minutes left to ice the game and keep the Cardinals winless at 0-7.
Wayne County 48, Casey County 7: A stingy defense carried Wayne County (7-1) to its 10th straight victory over Casey County (2-6) as the Cardinals held the Rebels to just 91 yards of total offense.
Junior quarterback Tyler Guffey led the visitors on offense, completing nine of 13 passes for 179 of Wayne County's 363 yards and two touchdowns.
Casey County senior running back Alex Bolin, who entered the game as the leading rusher in class 3A, nearly single-handedly accounted for all of the Rebels' offense, grinding out 85 yards on 22 carries.
Anderson County 41, West Jessamine 39: The crowd was treated to an offensive explosion in Anderson County, as the host Bearcats edged the visiting Colts behind quarterback Zach Carmichael.
The junior signal caller completed 21 of 28 passes for 373 yards and four touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Ross Cox was his favorite target, grabbing 10 passes for 221 yards and all four touchdowns through the air.
Carmichael added two more scores on the ground to help the Bearcats improve to 6-1.
Bath County 36, Powell County 35: Down 35-28 late in the fourth quarter, Bath County staged a drive to send the hosts home happy.
With less than 21/2 minutes remaining, Wildcats junior running back Curran Shrout found the end zone for the second time on the night, scoring from 2 yards out to pull the Wildcats within one point of the visiting Pirates.
Bath County opted to go for the win instead of the tie, and Shrout hit pay dirt once again for the game-winning two-point conversion.
Harlan County 49, Letcher Central 0: Junior running back Jake Middleton led a bruising ground attack for Harlan County, rushing for 259 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 carries as the visiting Black Bears rolled.
Harlan County backs combined for a total of 402 rushing yards while holding the host Cougars to just 50 in the shutout victory.