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High school football roundup: Dunbar snaps losing skid; LexCath beats Boone

Maurice Carter cut around the end for a huge gain in the first half of Paul Dunbar's 34-28 win over Mercer County on Friday night. Carter had 113 yards on nine carries for the Bulldogs.
Maurice Carter cut around the end for a huge gain in the first half of Paul Dunbar's 34-28 win over Mercer County on Friday night. Carter had 113 yards on nine carries for the Bulldogs. Herald-Leader

Maurice Carter carried nine times for 113 yards to lead Paul Laurence Dunbar in a 34-28 victory over Mercer County at home, snapping a six-game losing streak.

Carter also rushed for a TD to close the second quarter for Dunbar, which hadn't won since a 38-6 contest at Woodford County on Sept. 5.

Dunbar scored the the game's first two TDs and led 20-14 after the first quarter.

Mercer tied the game at 20 on a Treyvon Faulkner 17-yard pass to Layne Peavler with 9:03 left in the second quarter. Donald Smith rushed in the two-point conversion to give the Titans (2-8) their first lead of the game.

Dunbar regained the advantage for good on Nate Gay's 9-yard run just a minute and a half later.

LaDarius Morton rushed for two Dunbar TDs in the first quarter.

Dunbar will travel to Central Hardin (10-0) next week for the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Lexington Catholic 36, Boone Co. 14: Reese Ryan threw four TDs in LexCath's final regular-season game.

Ryan hit four different receivers — Donovan Morris, J.J. Ogbogu, Jordan Hatton and Chris Thompson all caught TD passes — on his way to 237 yards on 23-for-34 passing.

Jaylen Jones led the Knights (7-3) with 84 rushing yards. He rushed for LexCath's first score on the night.

Boone's Corstin Cahill rushed for a TD from 30 yards late in the first quarter to tie the game at 7, but then LexCath went on a 21-0 run.

Jerry Marshall led the Rebels (1-9) with 81 yards. Cahill had 33 yards on five touches.

The Knights host Clay County (1-9) next Friday in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Walton-Verona 27, Lexington Christian 14: Mason Compton and Will Latimore combined for over 300 yards rushing to propel the Bearcats past host LCA.

Compton ran for 178 yards while Latimore added 129 on just 11 carries. Each player, both seniors, scored a TD for Walton-Verona (9-1), winners of its last eight.

The Eagles (5-5) led 14-0 after the first quarter following TD runs by Nick Whitman and Dima Ballard, but failed to reach the end zone the rest of the night.

Ballard rushed for 103 yards for LCA. He went 10-for-16 for 107 yards with an interception.

Whitman had 98 yards rushing.

Walton-Verona will host Covington Holy Cross (1-9) in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs next Friday. LCA's opponent was still yet undetermined.

No. 17 Ballard 35, No. 10 Bryan Station 25: David Daniels rushed for 149 yards and three TDs as the Bruins overcame the host Defenders.

Daniels scored from 16 and 36 yards out in the second quarter to give Ballard a 14-13 lead heading into the break.

Omardrick Douglas recovered a fumble for the only third quarter TD to extend Ballard's lead to 21-13.

Daniels' third TD came on a 1-yarder with 9:19 in the final quarter.

Dallas Bruton went 16-for-23 for 188 yards and three TDs for the Defenders (6-4). Two of those scores went to Tequan Claitt, who finished with 96 yards on seven receptions.

Bryan Station managed only 37 rushing yards on the night.

The Defenders' playoff position was still to be determined.

No. 4 Scott Co. 47, Seneca 0: The Cardinals crossed the 40-point mark in a shutout for the second straight week.

Theo Price rushed for 102 yards and three TDs on seven carries for the Cardinals (9-1), who scored all of their points in the first half.

Price also caught a 10-yard TD pass and returned a punt 54 yards for a score, giving him five TDs on the night.

The Redhawks (5-5) managed only 133 offensive yards, and were held to negative-4 passing yards.

Anderson Co. 40, Collins 12: Four rushers scored touchdowns for the Bearcats, who never trailed.

Bryndon Labhart led Anderson (7-3) with 97 yards and two TDs. Chris Toomey rushed for two TDs and 67 yards.

Brayden Russell had 81 yards and a score on nine carries.

Quarterback Zach Carmichael accounted for the final rushing score, as well as 64 yards on 13 carries. He went 6-for-13 for 70 yards.

JR Lucas led the Titans (4-6) with 118 yards and two TDs on 9-for-19 passing, with two interceptions.

The Bearcats host Scott (6-3-1) in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs on Friday.

Covington Catholic 28, Conner 7: Adam and Alex Wagner combined for 257 rushing yards to blast CovCath past the host Cougars.

Adam Wagner led the Colonels (6-4) with 151 yards and two TDs, while Alex Wagner was behind him with 106 yards and score. Both are seniors.

Ryan McGinness accounted for CovCath's remaining TD.

CovCath's first-round playoff foe was still to be determined. Conner (3-7) will visit Franklin County (7-2).

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