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High school football: Lexington Catholic falls in Bowling Green; Bryan Station prevails

Paris' Nate Stevens (5) ran on a quarterback keeper past Bourbon Co.'s Chase Berry (56) in the first quarter of the Paris at Bourbon Co. football game city}, Ky., on Oct. 26, 2012.  Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Paris' Nate Stevens (5) ran on a quarterback keeper past Bourbon Co.'s Chase Berry (56) in the first quarter of the Paris at Bourbon Co. football game city}, Ky., on Oct. 26, 2012. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

Ninth-ranked Lexington Catholic took the early 7-0 lead on second-ranked Bowling Green, but after giving up two Blue Tisdale touchdowns it was clear Friday night that the regular-season finale belonged to the Purples (10-0), who won 35-21.

The Knights (8-2) pulled within 21-14 going into halftime after quarterback Reese Ryan connected with Casey Nash for a 29-yard score, Ryan's second TD pass of the game.

However, Caleb Stice's 68-yard interception return of a Ryan pass put the Purples up 28-14 in the third quarter and stymied the Knights' momentum. Ryan rushed for a 10-yard TD later in the quarter, but it was answered with a 53-yard TD pass from Devin Hayes to Necarius Fant— the final score of the game.

No. 25 Bryan Station 55, Collins 52 (OT): After being dismantled at home against Scott County and losing a heartbreaker at Henry Clay in consecutive weeks, the Defenders (6-4) finished the regular season on a high note with an overtime win against the visiting Titans (7-3), but it wasn't easy.

Bryan Station outgained the visitors 638-350 overall, but surrendered 21 points in the fourth quarter, allowing Collins to take the game into an extra period.

Ora Johnson threw for 452 yards and five TDs on 33-for-41 passing. He added 99 yards and two TDs on the ground, including the 1-yard game-winner in overtime, on 22 rushes.

Lawson Page led the Titans with five TDs, three rushing and two passing.

Green County 12, Lexington Christian 6 (OT): The visiting Dragons (6-4) needed overtime to defeat the Eagles (5-5) after Dima Ballard connected with Chandler Sneed for a 29-yard TD with 5:01 left in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles failed to convert the PAT and fell in the extra period when Elliott Taylor rushed for the 3-yard score for Green County.

Knox Central 44, Madison Central 36 (OT): The Indians (6-4) probably felt safe entering the fourth quarter with a 36-14 advantage, but the visiting Panthers (9-1) weren't going down without a fight.

That fight entailed the Indians giving up a 30-0 run spanning the fourth quarter and overtime. Jeffery Canady led the Panthers back from the 22-point deficit, rushing for two of his three TDs in the final period. He finished with 212 yards on 20 carries.

Dominique Hawkins led the Indians with three TDs in his final regular-season home game at Madison Central.

No. 5 Scott County 56, Simon Kenton 6: Senior running backs Kevo Edwards and Dieries Dumphord stole the show for the Cardinals (9-1) in their final regular-season home game at Toyota Stadium against the Pioneers (7-3). Edwards led the Cardinals in rushing with 153 yards and two TDs on 10 carries. Dumphord led the team in scoring with three TDs and added 35 yards on 13 rushes.

Bourbon County 48, Paris 0: Kentayvus Hopkins had three TDs, two rushing and one receiving, in the Colonels' (10-0) rout of the visiting Greyhounds (5-5).

East Carter 41, Morgan County 18: Senior tight end Cade Stidham rushed for three TDs, the longest a 22-yarder in the third quarter, and led the Raiders (2-8) in the heavy upset over the visiting Cougars (8-2).

Woodford County 38, Harrison County 10: Jarren Holts, a senior running back, rushed 11 times for 163 yards and two TDs, and the Yellowjackets rose to 4-6 in the regular season after the road win over the Thorobreds (1-9).

Conner 13, No. 6 Covington Catholic 12: Through torrential rain and heavy mud, junior quarterback Drew Barker led the Cougars (8-2) to the upset over the visiting, sixth-ranked Colonels (7-3). Barker finished with 105 yards and one TD on 23 carries. The Cougars held Blake Bir to a lone TD, an 18-yard pass to Evan Braun in the third quarter.

Breathitt County 58, Clay County 29: Senior quarterback Richard Trent finished with seven TDs in Breathitt's win over the visiting Tigers (4-6). Trent went 20-for-32 for 286 yards and four TDs, and also carried 15 times for 86 yards and three TDs for the Bobcats (10-0).

Brayton Fugate added 112 yards on eight carries and was the recipient of two Trent TD passes. Cory House had seven receptions for 129 yards and a TD.

Clay County sophomore Sam Carr rushed for 239 yards and three TDs on 22 attempts.

Union County 48, Hopkins County Central 13: Junior wide receiver Jerrel Foster got the job done on the ground for the Braves (5-5) at home, carrying four times for 125 yards and three TDs. He was helped with contributions by senior running backs Kenneth Brummett and Silaf Harris. Brummett added three TDs and 51 yards of his own on five rushes. Harris carried six times and went for 77 yards and a TD.

Taylor County 33, Hart County 28: Senior tailback Dalton Turpin gained 245 yards on 12 rushes for the Cardinals (6-4) in their home win over the Raiders (4-6).

Holmes 50, Covington Holy Cross 0: Jonathan Scruggs totaled 185 yards and scored three TDs on 12 carries for the Bulldogs (6-4) in their rout of the visiting Indians (3-7).

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