Tates Creek’s rising.
After starting its season with big losses at Scott County and Belfry, No. 5 and No. 8 statewide in the latest Cantrall Ratings, Creek has won four straight games by an average margin of 24 points. Three of those were against city teams, including Friday night’s road 48-27 win at Bryan Station.
The Commodores are 3-0 against city teams for the first time under third-year head coach Antoine Sims. They’re guaranteed a winning record in the city for the first time since 2010 and have a shot at their first city sweep since 2004.
“We want to be city champs,” Sims said. “That’s one of our short-term goals. It’s something we’ve been working on.”
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Lafayette, the only other team without a city loss, hosts Bryan Station next week and Tates Creek in its last regular-season game on Oct. 21. The Generals survived a 29-28 scare at Tates Creek last year in a game that set the tone for their “never-say-quit” comebacks throughout the Class 6A playoffs.
“It’s a really big deal,” said junior quarterback Cameron Workman. “That’s what we’re trying to get.”
Workman was just 11-for-26 with an interception against Bryan Station, but his completions counted: they went for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Jaden Baird, Jackson Beerman and Turner Gentry each caught a score.
After Creek took a 35-14 halftime lead, Bryan Station stymied Creek’s offense and scored 13 points in the span of 23 seconds late in the third quarter to pull within 35-27. The Commodores retaliated with two TDs in the fourth quarter, the second coming off a Station fumble with the Defenders deep in Creek territory.
Workman believes Creek has gotten better at finishing out games since the two losses it took to kick off the year. Its performance in the final quarter Friday night was evidence of that, he said.
“We just gotta learn how to keep fighting,” Sims said. “The only thing we’ve got control over on the football field is us and how we play.”
▪ Former Bryan Station and University of Kentucky star Marc Logan presented a Golden Football to his alma mater during the game. The balls, made in honor of the Super Bowl’s 50th Anniversary last season, are being presented to every school that’s produced a player who has been active on a Super Bowl roster. Logan, a running back, played with the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 23 and won with the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 29.
Dunbar having fun
An unusual fourth-and-9 punt fake early in the second half of its 40-21 win over Anderson County was evidence that, despite its losing record, Paul Laurence Dunbar has a loose bunch that’s having fun on the football field.
Coach Chris Mullins said he knew the play would work, and at halftime he said he would call it. But when senior punter/lineman Kaelen Whiteside raised his arm up on fourth-and-9 from his own 28, Mullins was surprised. The pass to Markel Yeast went for 30 yards and a first down for the Bulldogs (2-4).
“I’d like to take credit for that, but that was on the team themselves,” Mullins said, smiling. “They just decided to do it without my permission. … Maybe they thought I was going to call it. … In fact, I had told one of my offensive linemen earlier when he said ‘Look, you’re not going to fake a punt inside the 20 are ya?’ And I said ‘No, I have more sense than that.’”
▪ As they’ve done all year long, Lexington Christian made things look easy. The Eagles rolled up 496 yards of total offense in front of their home crowd to roll over Fairview 64-16 and head into their bye week undefeated (6-0).
Brayden Miller completed nine of 11 passes for 160 yards and three TDs. Wheatley rushed for 126 yards and a TD on just five carries. Quarterback Logan Nieves threw just two passes, completing one, but rushed twice for 53 yards and a score. The Eagles held Fairview (3-3) to 84 yards of total offense and gained 22 first downs while holding the visitors to four.
LCA is averaging 51 points per game and has defeated all six of its opponents by two or more possessions, with its closest encounter being a 10-point come-from-behind win at Williamsburg in the season opener.
▪ University of Kentucky signee Walker Wood threw TDs to three different receivers and rushed for 42 yards and two scores in Lafayette’s 55-6 win over Henry Clay. He exited the game in the third quarter after the Generals went ahead 48-6.
Quinten Brown caught five passes for 103 yards. Cameron Morgan rushed 12 times for 104 yards for the Generals (5-1), who ran up 401 yards of total offense to 83 for Henry Clay (1-3-1).
▪ Jerod Lonaker threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns and Dante Hendrix caught eight passes for 140 yards and a pair of scores to lead No. 12 Cooper past Lexington Catholic on the road. The loss was the Knights’ fifth-straight after opening the season with a rout of Boone County.
▪ Cam Racke, who completed 17 of 21 passes for 273 yards and six touchdowns in Simon Kenton’s 77-53 win over Highlands. Racke also rushed for 130 yards and three TDs on 15 carries for the Pioneers (6-0), who trailed 41-28 in the second quarter before piecing together a massive rally on the road. It was Simon Kenton’s third win in the series, which Highlands leads all-time 25-3.
▪ Noah Corbett and Derek Wellman, who had big nights despite Belfry suffering its first loss, 45-20, at Knoxville Catholic. Corbett rushed for 137 yards and two TDs on 20 carries, while Wellman had 132 yards and a score on 19 attempts. Eight fumbles by the Pirates (4-1) were their undoing against Tennessee’s reigning Class 4A champion.
▪ Dylan Adkins, who had 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception for Tates Creek. He also was the Commodores’ second leading-rusher with 46 yards and a TD on nine carries.
▪ Brice Fryman, who returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a TD to set the tone early in Scott County’s 55-13 win over Clark County. The Georgetown Cardinals improved to 20-0 against the Winchester variety under Coach Jim McKee.
▪ Brett Bartley, who kicked the go-ahead extra point with 1:04 left to play in Paintsville’s 17-16 win at Bourbon County Quarterback Darren Morris and Chris Allen connected for the tying TD for the Tigers (6-0), who were without star running back and Wofford commit Kent Phelps.
▪ Landon Swartz, who rushed for both Bath County TDs in the Wildcats’ 12-6 overtime win at Pendleton County.
▪ Mayfield escaped Lindsey Wilson’s Blue Raider Stadium with a 35-34 over Corbin on Friday night after the Redhounds failed to convert a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals (6-0), who led 35-14 before the Redhounds rallied, scored as many points as Corbin (5-1) allowed in its first five games combined.
▪ Franklin-Simpson made a statement in Class 4A, defeating South Warren 30-24 and putting itself in pole position for the top seed in District 2. It was the second loss in four games for the reigning champions in the class.
▪ Hopkins County Central extended Logan County’s state-high losing streak to 39 games with a 35-27 win in overtime.
Herald-Leader reporters Jared Peck and Josh Sullivan contributed to this article.