High School Sports

Friday's high school football highlights: Dunbar falls as regular season ends across Kentucky

Chris Crawley-Goodman threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another to send Mercer County to the playoffs with a winning record, leading his team over visiting Paul Dunbar 27-20.

The senior rushed for 118 yards and threw for 135 on 5-for-11 passing for the Titans (6-4).

Emory Thompson rushed for two TDs for the Bulldogs (5-5). A.J. Williams led Dunbar with 86 yards.

Paul Dunbar will play at Tates Creek (6-4) next Friday in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.

No. 9 Lexington Catholic 48, Boone Co. 17: The Knights (7-3) held the Rebels (0-10) scoreless in the first half and outgained the visitors 546-237 on the night.

Noah Mitchell had 168 yards receiving and a TD on six catches for Catholic.

The Knights will host Rockcastle County (2-7 entering play Friday) next Friday in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Ballard 35, No. 22 Bryan Station 34: Rex Wallace threw for 172 yards and two TDs, and Bennie Berry rushed for 111 yards and a score to lead the host Bruins (5-5) over Bryan Station.

Ora Johnson threw for 415 yards and three TDs with two picks for the Defenders (4-5). He also rushed for two TDs.

Walton-Verona 23, Lexington Christian 7: The Eagles (1-9) ended the regular season on an eight-game losing streak as they managed only a first-quarter TD to get themselves on the scoreboard against the Bearcats (8-2).

LCA will travel to Prestonsburg (5-5) for the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.

No. 1 Scott Co. 56, Seneca 20: Theo Price and Keith Guy each rushed for two TDs in the lopsided win for the Cardinals (10-0), who led by only eight at halftime.

Collins 49, No. 18 Anderson Co. 10: Lawson Page threw for 382 yards and four TDs as the Titans (8-2) smashed the ranked Bearcats (8-2) at home.

Highlands 71, Warren Central 69: The Bluebirds (9-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season and remained undefeated against in-state opponents after edging out in a shootout against the Dragons (5-5).

Hazard 49, Sheldon Clark 6: The Bulldogs (8-2) earned their 600th victory in school history as they handily defeated the winless Cardinals (0-9).

Wayne Co. 48, Rockcastle Co. 15: The Cardinals (10-0) went undefeated for the first time in school history, and ended the year with a convincing win over the Rockets (2-8). Tyler Guffey had three passing TDs and a rushing TD for Wayne.

Pikeville 56, Russell 28: Junior Cody Estep set a school record for career catches with 38 in the win for the Panthers (9-1) over the host Red Devils (6-4).

Paris 55, Berea 6: The Greyhounds (8-2) got their 200th home win at Blanton Collier Stadium as they trounced the Pirates (3-7).

KHSAA ruling takes away 19 Fairview wins

Fairview's storybook 2012 football season that culminated with the school's first-ever appearance in the state finals has been stricken from the records.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has hit the Eagles' program with sanctions for using an ineligible player. Fairview must forfeit 19 games over the past two seasons, including having its 2012 Class A state runner-up finish vacated. Fairview also won't be allowed to participate in this year's playoffs.

Fairview superintendent Bill Musick said that Fairview accepts responsibility for the infractions and the school has no intention on appealing the KHSAA's ruling. "From this day on we will be moving forward to be sure an incident like this or any other similar to this does not happen again in our athletic department."

The KHSAA's penalties against Fairview include the forfeiture of all games in the 2012 season when the Eagles went 14-1, including a loss to Mayfield in the state finals; the forfeiture of Fairview's first four games this season; probation for the Eagles' football program through the 2017 season, and they must forfeit its first-round playoff game next week.

Fairview proposed it will also pay a $5,000 fine, including $2,800 to the KHSAA as restitution for travel allowances for last year's state football finals.

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