Tyler Addesa scored the go-ahead touchdown, the Meade County defense held near its end zone and the Green Wave overcame No. 9 Henry Clay 18-14 in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Addesa scored from 3 yards out to give Meade its first lead since the second half with 1:39 left in the game. The Blue Devils' Austin Bledsoe returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to the Meade 33-yard line.
CJ Tackett connected with Bry Berezowitz on a 19-yarder, then back-to-back Joquise Buford runs got the Blue Devils to within 1 yard of advancing to the next round with 55 seconds to play.
Buford went backward 4 yards on first-and-goal and never recovered. He rushed for 1- and 2-yard gains before being brought down behind the line of scrimmage on Henry Clay's final play.
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Addesa finished with 55 yards while John Wilson had 76 yards, a TD and a two-point conversion for the Green Wave (9-2).
Buford carried 31 times for 209 yards and the lone offensive TD for the Blue Devils (7-3). Henry Clay's other score came on a 67-yard interception return by Dominick Buckler with 3:23 in the second half to put the Blue Devils up 14-11.
Kentucky commit Davonte Robinson had a game-high 11 tackles for the Blue Devils.
Meade will get a rematch with Scott County, 53-21 winners over Boone County, next week. The Green Wave fell to the Cardinals 21-14 in last season's Class 6A title game.
Lexington Catholic 48, Clay Co. 6: The Knights (8-3) took care of business in the opening round, outgaining the Tigers (1-10) 372-129 on offense.
Reese Ryan went 5-for-6 for 228 yards and three TDs, each to a different receiver.
J.J. Ogbogu led the receiving corps with 96 yards and a TD on three receptions.
Jaylen Jones rushed five times for 77 yards and two TDs for the Knights.
LexCath will meet Rockcastle County, a 28-7 winner over Marion County Friday night, next week.
No. 11 Central Hardin 47, Paul Dunbar 16: The Bruins (11-0) opened the game on a 27-0 run and quickly quelled any idea of an upset early.
Stephen Lindsey carried six times for 109 yards and two TDs for Central Hardin, including the Bruins' first score with 4:48 to go in the first quarter.
Xavier Arnett scored from 7 yards out to give the Bruins a 14-0 lead, then again from 2 yards out 15 seconds later after Central Hardin recovered a Dunbar fumble.
Koree Krupinski scored at the 8:19 mark of the second quarter to make it 27-0 Bruins before Dunbar's Trey Penney snapped the run with a 21-yard rushing TD and two-point conversion.
Penney had 56 yards and a TD, while Maurice Carter had 67 yards and a score for the Bulldogs (4-7).
No. 14 Bryan Station 56, Muhlenberg Co. 6: D'Andre Mack rushed for 98 yards — equaling the entire rushing output of the visiting Mustangs — and three first-quarter TDs to eliminate any chance of a Muhlenberg upset.
Dallas Burton went 8-for10 for 152 yards and three TDs, while Andre Davis went 7-for-9 for 131 yards and two scores. All five passing TDs went to different Defender receivers.
The Defenders (7-4) scored 43 points before yielding a score by the Mustangs (4-7).
Bryan Station will face off against Central Hardin next week.
No. 12 Simon Kenton 40, Madison Central 11: The Indians owned a 3-0 lead early after Landon White's 26-yard field goal, but couldn't hold off the ranked Pioneers.
Dillon Powell rushed for 185 yards and four TDs — two in each half — for Simon Kenton (10-1), which will play Lafayette next week.
John Williams caught Central's lone TD, a 16-yarder from Zach Hardin in the second quarter. Keenan Miller led the Indians (3-8) with 83 yards on three carries.
No. 7 Dixie Heights 46, Tates Creek 18: The Colonels, winners of their last 10 after dropping the season opener to Covington Catholic, never trailed the visiting Commodores (3-8). Tates Creek ends the season on a six-game losing streak.
Dixie Heights matches up with Ryle next Friday.
No. 1 Male 62, Marshall Co. 2: The Bulldogs (11-0) led 35-0 after the first quarter. They meet cross-city rival Trinity, 55-7 winners at Henderson County, next week.
Letcher Co. Central 49, Madison Southern 18: The Cougars, who entered on a six-game winning streak, jumped on the visiting Eagles early and led 28-3 at the break.
Damien Harris returned for Madison Southern after missing the previous four games with an injury. However, the No. 1 running back in the nation was mostly ineffective, rushing for 52 yards on only nine touches.
"Man, hard to believe it's all over. Couldn't have asked for a better 4 years or better teammates. I'm extremely grateful," Harris tweeted after the game.
No. 24 Anderson Co. 32, Scott 13: Brayden Russell caught four passes for 105 yards and two TDs and rushed for a TD as the Bearcats (8-3) never trailed on the way to winning their third straight.
Anderson will play South Oldham next week. The Dragons defeated East Jessamine 56-7 on Friday night.
Lexington Christian 45, Leslie Co. 27: LCA rallied from an early deficit to win going away against the visiting Eagles.
Kevin Whitaker connected with Josh Bray to get Leslie (8-3) on the board first. LCA's Nick Whitman then fumbled on the subsequent possession and Whitaker recovered the ball for a defensive score to put the Eagles up 14-0 midway through the first.
Whitman made up for his early miscue, rushing for LCA TDs on its next three possessions to give those Eagles a 20-14 lead.
Leslie briefly regained the edge on a Whitaker run, but Dima Ballard put LCA up 27-21 heading into the break.
Whitaker again pulled the Eagles back, tying the game on a 21-yard TD pass to Seth Melton.
Liam Hamilton's 29-yard field goal with 2:56 to go in the third gave LCA (6-5) its final lead, sparking an 18-0 run to end the game.
Whitman rushed for 176 yards and three TDs. Ballard had 83 yards and a score.
Whitaker went 26-for-46 for 234 yards and two TDs with an interception. He also rushed for 116 yards and a score.
LCA will meet Shelby Valley next week, which won 30-20 over Somerset.