The Frederick Douglass High School football team has adopted the simple mantra “Be the first” in its inaugural season. In the Broncos’ home debut on Friday night there were several firsts, including the first victory in program history. Douglass shook off the sting of last week’s 36-0 road drubbing by perennial Class 2A power Danville and took out its frustrations on Tates Creek, dominating the Commodores 49-22.
“I’m proud of my players and I’m proud of my staff because after last week I wasn’t sure how we’d respond,” Broncos Coach Brian Landis said. “Tonight they came out and played hard, so I’m proud of them.”
Quarterback Montaveon Bean recorded the first touchdown in Broncos history, scoring on a keeper at the goal line late in the first quarter. Moments later he tossed the program’s first passing TD, connecting with Bryan Station transfer Micah Lowe from nine yards out for a 13-0 lead. Tates Creek drew within 13-9 early in the second quarter after a safety and a 23-yard TD pass from Cameron Workman to Jaden Baird, but the Commodores would get no closer, as Douglass scored four unanswered touchdowns.
“Our offense plays on confidence, and if they get a little spark early they get rolling. But if they don’t have success early, they get down on themselves, so that’s one thing we’re trying to work on,” Landis said.
Bean completed 11 of 19 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns and avoided throwing an interception. Jefferson Harkless rushed 11 times for 58 yards and two TDs. Dekel Crowdus posted the program’s first 100-yard receiving game, catching five passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.
The Broncos held the Commodores to 31 rushing yards. Landis said he wants run defense to be one of the team’s calling cards.
“I knew up front they weren’t gonna be able to run the ball on us. I thought we played really good run defense, but we’ve got to get better in the secondary ... it’s a technique thing more than anything and that can be fixed,” Landis said.
The Broncos lost a key cog in their run defense unit when senior Dayton LeBlanc left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. LeBlanc, the son of University of Kentucky defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc, recorded nine tackles, including three for loss and a sack, before leaving the field under his own power.
Workman completed 15 of 32 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns for Tates Creek (1-1), which gained 334 yards to the Broncos’ 377. Frederick Douglass (1-1) has next week off before facing another stiff test when it travels to Lafayette on Sept. 8.
Simon Kenton 49, Bryan Station 27: Austin Hammack was a human highlight reel on Friday, rushing for 235 yards and two touchdowns as the Pioneers rolled up 417 yards of offense, including 363 on the ground, to keep the host Defenders winless on the year. Matt Shearer completed 17 of 23 passes for 180 yards and four touchdowns for Simon Kenton (2-0). Quarterback Jalen Burbage did his best to keep the Defenders in it, passing for 252 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 96 yards and another score, but the Pioneers scored seven unanswered touchdowns to blow the game open. Terrence Clayton-Murphy hauled in eight catches for 126 yards and a TD for Bryan Station (0-2), which hosts defending Class 3A champion Belfry next week.
Madison Central 53, Woodford County 7: The Yellowjackets took the lead on a one-yard run by Brody McCoun early in the first quarter, but it was all Indians after that. A pair of touchdown runs by Gavin Hulberg and Julius Dray’s 33-yard blocked punt return gave Madison Central (1-1) a 23-7 lead heading into the second quarter. Indians quarterback Derrick Miller passed for 131 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were caught by Ethan Hahn, who had 89 yards receiving. Woodford County (0-2) managed just 148 yards of total offense while Madison Central gained 309.
Pleasure Ridge Park 35, Bowling Green 21: Quarterback B.J. Robinson scored two rushing touchdowns before exiting the game with an injury in the third quarter as the host Panthers stunned two-time defending Class 5A champion Bowling Green, ending the Purples’ 28-game winning streak. Bowling Green’s Ziyon Kenner returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a TD, but the Panthers took the lead for good on Robinson’s 15-yard touchdown run as the first quarter ended.
Meade County 48, Anderson County 0: The Zach and Zane Show took center stage on Friday night as the Green Wave rolled over the host Bearcats. Running back Zach Babb and quarterback Zane Powers scored three rushing touchdowns apiece as Meade County (1-1) gained 386 yards on the ground, putting up 423 yards of total offense while holding Anderson County (1-1) to just 107. Babb rushed for 197 yards on 13 carries, scoring on runs of 25, 21 and 38 yards while Powers scored on three QB keepers. DeShawn Welch added 87 yards on 14 carries for the Green Wave.
Collins 54, Moore 14: J.R. Lucas accounted for six touchdowns as the Titans rolled in their home opener. Lucas completed 13 of 25 passes for 194 yards and touchdowns to four different receivers and rushed for 164 yards and two more scores. A.J. Bradford topped the century mark on the ground for Collins (2-0) as well, rushing eight times for 114 yards and a TD. Rae Von Vaden passed for 183 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Moore (1-1).
Union County 49, Marion County 21: James Hutchison kicked off his senior season with a bang as the Braves used a 20-point fourth quarter to pull away from host Marion County (0-2). Hutchison caught touchdown passes of 60 and 78 yards, returned a kickoff 86 yards to the house then scored on a 49-yard interception return in the decisive final frame. Jacob Winters had 270 yards passing and four touchdowns while Logan Thomas had 103 receiving yards and a touchdown for Union County (1-0).
Shelby County 48, Atherton 23: Caleb Morehead ran 13 times for 104 yards and Jose’ Carias added 96 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns as host Shelby County remained undefeated (2-0). Rockets quarterback Colin O’Hare threw for 144 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were caught by William Davis, who had 104 yards receiving. Josiah Price had 136 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries for Atherton (0-2).
Highlands 27, Campbell County 20 (OT): The Bluebirds took down the Camels in an overtime stunner on Friday. Highlands (2-0) trailed Campbell County 20-14, when a 55-yard Bailey Armstrong interception return evened the score. Kicker Nick Bowman missed the extra point, sending the game into overtime. Cooper Schwalbach plunged in from the 3-yard line for the game-winning score.
Schwalbach scored two rushing touchdowns, while Armstrong led the Bluebirds on defense with a forced fumble to go along with his pick-six. Alex Dowds spearheaded the ground game for Campbell County (1-1) with 166 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
Hazard 17, Harlan County 6: Cory Smith scored a three-yard rushing touchdown to give the Bulldogs the lead in the first quarter of their season opener, then added a 24-yard TD in the third quarter to finish off visiting Harlan County (1-1). Tyler Collins booted a 30-yard field goal for Hazard (1-0), which plays four of its next five games at home.
Bishop Brossart 13, Holmes 0: A 70-yard touchdown pass from Tyler MacDonald to Bryce Donnelly and Bryce Duffy’s field goals from 30 and 29 yards out sent the visiting Mustangs (2-0) past the Bulldogs (0-1).
Fleming County 18, Mason County 14: The Royals (1-1) led 14-6 at halftime but a pair of second-half touchdown runs by Nick Clark sent the visiting Panthers (1-0) home with a win.
Caitlyn Stroh and Rick Childress contributed to this report.