A 58-yard touchdown run by Mason Alstatt and several Henry Clay miscues, including a red-zone fumble in the waning minutes, helped Lafayette come away with a 35-28 victory in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs on Friday night.
The Generals reached 10 wins for the first time since 2006 and will go to Scott County next week for the quarterfinals. Lafayette dropped a 65-46 meeting with the Cardinals back in September.
Alstatt finished with 203 yards and three TDs on 24 rushing attempts. He had 322 all-purpose yards.
A series of three TD runs by Joquise Buford put the Blue Devils up 28-27 with about five minutes left in the game. Five fumbles on the night proved to be the Devils' downfall.
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Buford finished with 211 yards on 38 carries.
Lexington Catholic 59, Garrard County 26 (Class 3A): The Knights jumped out to a 28-6 lead and had no trouble getting past the Golden Lions for the second time this season.
Andy Thompson, under center most of the night for LexCath, finished with six TD passes. He became the third player in school history to throw six TDs in a game and the first since 2005 (Justin Burke).
Thompson finished 10-for-11 for 317 yards. He also carried eight times for 53 yards.
Donnie Morris scored on LexCath's first play from scrimmage to give the Knights a 7-0 lead. Slade Crutchfield quickly answered with a quarterback keeper, but Garrard missed the PAT.
That's as close as the Golden Lions (7-5) would get the rest of the night.
LexCath lineman Thomas Gerhardstein was on the receiving end of a loose ball that popped out near the goal line to score his first touchdown of the season.
On the Knights' next possession, Morris caught a 73-yard pass for a TD on a play similar to his first score. On their fourth possession of the night, JJ Ogbogu reeled in a TD to put the Knights up 28-6.
Morris finished with four catches and 193 yards and three TDs. Ogbogu had four grabs for 90 yards and two scores.
Scott County 42, Bryan Station 30 (Class 6A): Noah Hughes was a hoss for the Cardinals, carrying 37 times for 245 yards and four TDs. Kendrick Hamilton and Josh Davis each also rushed for scores.
The Defenders (7-5) stayed within striking distance most of the night but fell for the second time this season at Scott County (11-1).
Andre Davis finished 10-for-21 for 251 yards and three TDs in his final game quarterbacking Bryan Station. Rafael Few reeled in four of those passes for 134 yards and two TDs.
Bryan Station's Devon Key and Shane Preston finished with 11 tackles apiece to lead all tacklers.
Lexington Christian 28, Shelby Valley 20 (Class 2A): Dillon Wheatley rushed for 205 yards and three TDs as the Eagles avenged a loss to the Wildcats in Pike County this time last season.
Wheatley became the first LCA player to hit 2,000 rushing yards on the season since Domonique Hayden in 2009. He carried 41 times in the Eagles' win.
The Eagles will get another shot at Danville next week. The Admirals, who defeated LCA 41-7 in the regular season, cruised into the quarterfinals with a 55-14 win over Leslie County.
Chandler Rowe led Shelby Valley (9-3) with 83 yards and two TDs on 22 rushes.
Central 27, Boyle County 14 (Class 3A): The Yellowjackets jumped out to a 13-0 lead and held off the Rebels in one of Friday's most-anticipated matchups.
Myron Norfleet rushed for two TDs for Central (10-2), which won its 10th straight. The Yellowjackets will host LexCath next week.
Paintsville 20, Raceland 15 (Class A): Kash Daniel threw an 89-yard TD to Luke Trimble and rushed for another as the Tigers got into a tight battle with the Rams three weeks after blowing them out.
Paintsville will go to Paris next week for a battle of small-school unbeatens.
Paris 44, Fairview 38: The Greyhounds survived thanks to a big performance from Koebe Garrard.
The senior running back went for 206 yards and 30 carries. He ran for two TDs, caught a score and ran an interception back for a TD.
It's the first time Paris has advanced to region finals since 1994.
Pikeville 56, Williamsburg 14 (Class A): The Panthers set the tone with three long touchdown runs amid a 37-point first-quarter explosion.
Senior A.J. Vanderbeck got the show started with a 75-yard touchdown run. Not to be outdone, fellow senior back Daric Pugh rumbled for first-quarter scores of 50 and 97 yards. Vanderbeck added a 38-yard touchdown catch from sophomore quarterback Wyatt Battaile, whose other touchdown pass on the night went to Andrew McKee from 9 yards out. Pikeville heads into the quarterfinals next week at 10-2 on the year. Williamsburg finishes at 5-6.
Covington Catholic 28, Madison Southern 7 (Class 5A): The Colonels outgained the Eagles 433 yards to 137 and used scoring runs from three different rushers to advance in the Class 5A playoffs. CovCath's ground attack was led by junior Anthony Best, who carried 17 times for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Freshman running back Casey McGinness added 65 yards and a score on 10 carries and quarterback A.J. Mayer scored on a 1-yard keeper for the Colonels' final rushing touchdown. Mayer added another touchdown through the air, finding senior wideout Ryan McGinness from 25 yards out in the second quarter. The win sets up a rematch with Highlands, who handed the Colonels a tough 14-10 loss in October.
Hazard 35, Harlan 14 (Class A): It took them until the third quarter to pull away, but Hazard used three consecutive scoring drives after halftime to top the Green Dragons and advance.
Johnson Central 49, Greenup County 6 (Class 4A): Gunner Slone rushed for two TDs as the Golden Eagles reached the region finals for the first time since 2010.
They’ll go to Scott, which ended Ashland Blazer’s season with a 28-18 win. It was the Tomcats’ third loss over their final four games.
Belfry 42, Russell 12 (Class 3A): Pirates Coach Philip Haywood came away with his 400th career victory – the first in state history to reach that number – as his team cruised to their sixth straight region finals appearance.
Xondre Willis led the way for Belfry (11-1), going for 92 yards and a TD on three carries. Andrew Fletcher rushed six times for 70 yards and two scores.
The Pirates will host Lawrence County next week. Belfry survived an upset bid by the Bulldogs earlier this season, 27-23, despite losing eight fumbles in that one.
Bowling Green 41, Christian Co. 21 (Class 5A): The Purples used scores on offense, defense and special teams to turn back the Colonels and advance in the 5A playoffs.
A 75-yard touchdown run by Trey Fant put Bowling Green up 14-0 in the first quarter. Then a 20-yard return of a blocked punt by Cody Boyd and a fumble recovery in Christian County’s end zone by DeCarlo Halcomb helped blow the game open. Highlands 52, Dixie Heights 21 (Class 5A): The Bluebirds scored the first four touchdowns of the game on their way to a second-round rout of the Colonels.
Nick Kendall had long scoring runs of 90 and 82 yards in the first quarter, on his way to a 238 yard night for Highlands. Ethan Schulte had 108 yards receiving and a touchdown on six catches in the loss for Dixie Heights.
Beechwood 48, Frankfort 10 (Class A): Three first-half touchdown runs by Aiden Justice paced the Tigers as they blew by the Panthers and into the 5A quarterfinals.
Beechwood senior quarterback Kyle Fieger expanded his lead atop the Northern Kentucky career touchdowns list. He threw three for three scores against Frankfort, two of which went to Logan Castleman, to bring his career-total to 99.
Louisville Holy Cross 34, Kentucky Country Day 28 (Class A): The Cougars outlasted the Bearcats to earn their first trip to the quarterfinals since 2011. They’ll host Beechwood next week.
Lawrence County 45, West Carter 38 (Class 3A): Timmy Dalton returned a kickoff 80 yards for a TD for the Bulldogs, which held a 45-20 advantage entering the final quarter before fighting off a rally by the Comets.
John Hardin 23, Spencer County 15 (Class 4A): The Bulldogs won their seventh straight game to come away with a ninth straight trip to the region finals.
Male 36, Manual 0 (Class 6A): Make it six shutouts in 12 games as the Bulldogs continued their defensive dominance. The state’s top-ranked team will host No. 2 Trinity, which defeated St. Xavier 34-7, next week
Cooper 14, Conner 6 (Class 6a): The Jaguars defeated the Cougars by single digits for the second time in three weeks to set up a rematch with Simon Kenton, which advanced past Ryle 41-23
Mayfield 50, Butler County 0 (Class 2A): Trajon Bright led the way for the Cardinals with 182 yards and two TDs on 15 rushes.
Mayfield (11-1) hosts Owensboro Catholic (10-2) next week. The Aces won 34-15 over Murray.
Bell County 52, Powell County 20 (Class 3A): The Bobcats reached 10 wins for the first time since 2012 and ended an eight-game win streak by the Pirates.
Bell County (10-2) will go to Corbin (8-4) for the region finals. The Redhounds won a 34-20 regular season in Bell County on Oct. 16.