Lexington Catholic dominated Bardstown from the get-go, jumping out to a 41-0 lead and finishing with a 55-13 win as the playoffs kicked off across Kentucky on Friday night.
The Knights, a Class 3A title favorite, took a 48-6 lead into the locker room. Senior defensive back Zack Newcomb set the tone, intercepting Bardstown's Santrel Farmer on the game's opening possession and returning the pick 36 yards for the Knights' first score.
Senior Andy Thompson followed that with a 27-yard touchdown strike to J.J. Ogbogu to push Catholic's lead to 14-0. Thompson closed out the first quarter with two rushing touchdowns, one from 68 yards out.
Legend Brumbaugh returned for the Knights following a collar bone injury suffered against Covington Catholic that sidelined him for the past six weeks. He went 3-for-3 for 138 yards and two TDs, one to Ogbogu and an 86-yard bomb to Donnie Morris.
Donovan Morris pulled in two passes for 111 yards. Jaylen Jones rushed seven times for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Bryan Station 39, Tates Creek 14: Andre Davis was a menace for the Defenders, throwing four TDs and rushing for another as they cruised on the road.
Trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter, Bryan Station outscored Tates Creek 32-0 the rest of the way.
Davis went 18-for-25 for 204 yards. He rushed for 55 yards on 10 attempts.
K-Ci Carmichael led Station with 145 yards and a TD on 22 rushes. Rafael Few reeled in seven catches for 81 yards and three TDs.
The Defenders set up a rematch with Scott County, which beat them 40-24 on Oct. 16.
Bryan Station advanced with assistant coach Donte Key at the helm. Head coach Frank Parks was suspended Thursday as the school investigated a personnel matter.
Peyton Burke went 21-for-38 for 287 yards and two TDs to lead the Commodores.
Henry Clay 50, Madison Central 9: The Blue Devils were sharp through the air, tough on the ground and stingy on defense in their 6A opening-round game on Friday, holding the Indians to just one end zone trip and 190 yards of offense. Henry Clay put up 314 passing yards, split almost evenly between Marcus Tyler and Carl Tackett, who have rotated at quarterback all season long.
Tackett got the torrent started for Henry Clay, hitting University of Kentucky commit Davonte Robinson with a 41-yard touchdown pass three minutes into the game. Tackett finished eight for nine passing for 165 yards and the only passing TD of the game.
Tyler was nearly perfect as well, going nine for 10 for 154 yards. The two quarterbacks spread the ball to nine different receivers. Joquise Buford turned in yet another workhorse effort for Henry Clay, rushing 18 times for 11 yards and three scores while reeling in three catches for another 49 yards. Johan Williams paced Madison Central in the loss, rushing 18 times for 95 yards.
Scott County 48, Clark County 0: It got ugly early in Toyota Stadium as Scott County used four first-half touchdowns from Josh Davis to overwhelm Clark County and finish off an 0-11 season for the Cardinals from Winchester.
Davis scored twice on the ground and threw two TDs before halftime. The sophomore quarterback completed five of six passes in the game for 107 yards.
Scott County churned out 321 yards on the ground. Noah Hughes carried 14 times for 92 yards and a score, while Caleb Demus added 83 yards and a touchdown on seven rushes. Dylan Smith ran four times for 73 yards and a score, averaging more than 18 yards per carry.
Scott County outgained Clark County 437 yards to 98 in total offense.
Lexington Christian 34, Prestonsburg 13: Brayden Miller threw three TD passes and Dillon Wheatley rushed for two scores to give the host Eagles an easy win over the Blackcats.
Miller found Caelan Lebryk, Kyle Paske and Ryan Stucky for scores. He finished 14-for-20 for 193 yards with an interception.
Wheatley ran for 140 yards, bringing his season total to 1,858. He needs 142 yards to become LCA's first 2,000-yard rusher since Domonique Hayden in 2009.
Stucky led the Eagles with nine catches for 119 yards.
Dalton Frasure, committed to Austin Peay as a tight end, was held to just 29 yards rushing for Prestonsburg in his final outing.
McCracken County 70, Muhlenberg County 7: Cash Jones threw six TDs as the Mustangs finished two shy of their school mark for points.
Jones went 13-for-15 for 291 yards. He added 28 yards and a TD on the ground.
Zy'Aire Hughes, a UK commit, finished with two TDs and 46 yards on just four carries.
Central 21, Western Hills 6: The Wolverines struck first when Dani Childress hit Trevor James with a 25-yard touchdown pass with 4:50 left in the first quarter. But Central struck back less than 40 seconds later on a 3-yard rush by Stephen Jones and the defense did the rest. The Yellowjackets held Western Hills out of the end zone the rest of the night and Central advanced to the 3A second round.
Jones added a 15-yard touchdown run before halftime, finishing the game with 109 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Kambrin Brown closed out the scoring with a 67-yard catch from quarterback James Simpson.
John Hardin 37, Franklin County 7: John Hardin kept it on the ground in their 4A first-round matchup with the Flyers.
Two Bulldogs topped the 100-yard mark, with Antonio Ayers rushing nine times for 122 yards and Steven Livers gaining 105 yards and a score on 10 carries. Robert Shorter added 86 yards and two touchdowns on nine runs for John Hardin, which held the Flyers out of the end zone until the fourth quarter despite conceding 310 yards of offense.
Junior Denzel Vance rushed for 127 yards on 13 carries for Franklin County.
Covington Catholic 47, Anderson Co. 21: Three Colonels scored multiple rushing touchdowns to send Covington Catholic into the second round of the 5A playoffs. Anthony Best found the end zone on runs of 7 and 9 yards. A.J. Mayer added scores of 2, 31 and 45 yards and Casey McGinnis added a pair of long runs; one from 45 and another from 48.
Male 49, Jeffersontown 3: Tony Thomas went 13-for-17 for 221 yards and two TDs as the Bulldogs rolled in their 11th straight win.
They get Manual, a 30-23 winner over Ballard, next Friday. Male defeated the Crimsons 43-7 two weeks ago.
Paintsville 50, Bracken County 24: The Tigers jumped out to a 36-0 lead and never looked back. They'll host Raceland, which they defeated 50-7 two weeks ago, next Friday.
Scott 33, Rowan County 26: Down 26-18 in the final quarter, the Eagles came back to score their first playoff win since 2002.
Roberto London had the game-winning score, a 25-yard TD run, with 45 seconds left to play.
Nelson Perrin, a sophomore, had 90 yards and a TD on four rushes and caught four balls for 81 yards and a score for Scott, which will host Ashland Blazer next week. The Tomcats defeated Bourbon County 42-21 on Friday.
West Carter 40, Sheldon Clark 3: The Comets came away with their first playoff win in program history as they torched the Cardinals in their first home playoff game.
They’ll host Lawrence County, 49-30 winners on Friday, next week.
DeSales 41, Green County 0: Austin Tharp rushed for 71 yards and three TDs and the Colts cruised into their meeting next week at Monroe County.
Louisville Christian 49, Metcalfe County 6: Evan Boggs was 9-for-11 for 131 yards and two TDs for the Centurions, who have won eight straight. They host Glasgow, 43-9 winners over Washington County, next week.
Simon Kenton 48, Butler 8: The Pioneers forced five turnovers in the win and Cameron Racke rushed for 117 yards and four TDs.
The Pioneers host Ryle next Friday. They defeated the Raiders 28-7 in the regular season.