High School Football

High school football highlights: Henry Clay upset bid falls short; Scott County runs over Highlands

Henry Clay's Tyree Clark dives for extra yards against Johnson Central at Henry Clay in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Henry Clay's Tyree Clark dives for extra yards against Johnson Central at Henry Clay in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Johnson Central 40, Henry Clay 28: The Blue Devils had their first win of the season in sight on Thursday night, and it would have been a big one.

Henry Clay kept pace with defending Class 4A champion Johnson Central through three quarters, and Tyree Clark’s 6-yard touchdown run early in the fourth pulled the Blue Devils within 32-28 of the visiting Golden Eagles.

But Devin Johnson scored a 3-yard touchdown run with 5:22 to play to put Johnson Central (2-0) ahead by two scores, and Henry Clay (0-3) would get no closer.

The Golden Eagles’ balanced rushing attack proved too much to handle. Led by Blake Gamble, who ran for 147 yards on 27 carries and caught two touchdown passes, Johnson Central chewed up 377 yards on the ground. Devin Johnson rushed for 82 yards on 10 carries, Curtis Dorton added 73 yards and a touchdown and Dillon Preston ran seven times for 69 yards and a score, averaging 9.9 yards per carry.

The Blue Devils’ ground game was effective as well. They ran for 218 yards, led by Tyree Clark’s 123 to go along with a pair of touchdowns. Henry Clay will look to right the ship on the road against Southwestern next Friday, while Johnson Central travels to West Virginia to face South Charleston.

Scott County 71, Highlands 20: Host Scott County (3-0) ran all over Highlands, piling up 427 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground in a rout at Toyota Stadium in Georgetown.

Brice Fryman rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries, and Payton Brown ran for 77 yards and three TDs on seven carries. Four other Cardinals had rushing TDs, including a 64-yard burst by Keon Edwards on his only carry of the night.

Scott County averaged an astounding 11.5 yards per carry.

Highlands (2-1) committed two of its three turnovers in the first half as Scott County built a 35-7 lead by the 6:02 mark of the second quarter.

Carl Schoellman threw two touchdown passes for Highlands and went 16-for-27 for 246 yards and an interception.

Clark County 17, Paul Dunbar 0: The Cardinals’ defense teed off on the host Bulldogs on Thursday night. Clark County (2-1) racked up 13 tackles for loss, including four sacks, and held Dunbar (0-2) to just three yards of offense. Junior linebacker Jehdon Jenkins had three sacks for the Cardinals, who rushed for 185 yards. Natavius Thomas had 140 yards on 22 carries and scored both Clark County touchdowns.

Ballard 34, Collins 28: Trailing 28-21 late in the third quarter, Ballard scored two unanswered touchdowns down the stretch to secure its first win of the season on Thursday. Terrence Mays’ fourth touchdown pass of the night, a 48-yard strike to Elijah Downing, pulled the Bruins even with 33 second left in the third quarter. Marshon Ford’s 8-yard TD run with seven minutes to go in the fourth gave Ballard (1-2) its first lead of the game, and the defense did the rest.

May completed 20 of 36 passes for 353 yards, and Downing reeled in 10 catches for 213 yards for Ballard.

Quarterback J.R. Lucas threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns for Collins (2-1) and added 81 rushing yards and another TD. Zach Stucker caught six passes for 117 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Nathan Hazlett hit the game-winning field goal with 40 seconds left in Danville's 10-7 win over Boyle County on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.

Josh Sullivan: 859-231-3225, @sullyjosh