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High school football highlights: LCA dominates Pikeville, Mercer stuns Franklin

Lexington Christian's Logan Nieves (12) threw the ball against Estill County last season. On Saturday, the senior QB had 144 yards rushing and 212 yards receiving in the Eagles’ win over Pikeville.
Lexington Christian's Logan Nieves (12) threw the ball against Estill County last season. On Saturday, the senior QB had 144 yards rushing and 212 yards receiving in the Eagles’ win over Pikeville.

Lexington Christian used a 21-point second quarter and a dominant defensive effort to knock off Pikeville 49-21 in the Pike County Bowl on Saturday night. The Eagles held the Panthers to 247 yards of total offense and surrendered just nine first downs. Pikeville managed 42 plays on offense, while the Eagles ran 81.

LCA took the lead on a 2-yard TD run by quarterback Logan Nieves late in the first quarter, but Pikeville quarterback Peyton Blair’s 66-yard scoring strike to Jackson Hensley evened the score at 6-6 on the next possession.

The Eagles reclaimed the lead on a 2-yard TD run by senior Dillon Wheatley, then Nieves scored from 1 one-yard out to push the lead to 20-6. Wheatley’s second of three touchdowns, an 82-yard run with 1:36 left in the first half, sent LCA to the lcoker room with a 27-6 advantage.

LCA (2-0) rushed for 361 yards, led by Wheatley’s 171. Wheatley scored three times and averaged 8.6 yards per carry. Nieves carried 19 times for 144 yards and added 212 yards passing, tossing touchdowns to Wade Drake and Blane Hardin.

The Eagles head to Indiana next week to face Vincennes Lincoln. Pikeville (1-1) has next week off ahead of a four-game road stretch, beginning Sept. 8 at Paintsville.

Mercer County 35, Franklin County 25: Trailing 25-7 early in the third quarter, the Titans scored four unanswered touchdowns to stun the Flyers in the Rebel Bowl at Boyle County on Saturday night. Mercer County took the lead on Gunnar Gillis’ 11-yard touchdown pass to Trevon Faulkner with 6:44 left in the game, then Bryson Yeast sealed the win with a 1-yard TD plunge with less than two minutes to play.

The Titans’ comeback spoiled a huge performance by Tre Simmons, who caught three passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score, the last of the game by Franklin County (1-1). Jesse Thurman threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Jackson Lewis had 101 yards rushing and a touchdown for Mercer County (2-0), while Aaron Johnson caught six passes for 93 yards and a score.

Josh Sullivan: 859-231-3225, @sullyjosh

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