Lexington Catholic unleashed a new weapon on a rainy night in Lexington on Friday. Keith Brinkman, a junior listed on the roster as a linebacker, jump-started the Knights’ ground game, rushing for 187 yards and two touchdowns as LexCath dominated visiting Lafayette 25-0.
Brinkman had one carry for four yards in the first two games of the season. He rushed nine times for 23 yards all of last year. On Friday against the Generals he was a workhorse, carrying the ball 30 times. Dylan Coulter added 72 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Lafayette (1-2) moved the ball nearly as well as Catholic (2-1), gaining 266 yards to the Knights’ 278, but was hamstrung by two lost fumbles and an interception while failing to force a turnover.
The Generals are still trying to find their footing in the post-Walker Wood era. Quarterback Drake Nelson completed four of 12 passes for 76 yards and rushed five times for a loss of four yards on Friday. But their ground game still looked potent in the loss, as they churned out 190 yards, led by Ean Shaw (79) and Cameron Morgan (67).
Linebacker Austin Blake had 13 tackles in the loss. Lafayette hosts Frederick Douglass next week while Lexington Catholic visits Lexington Christian.
Tates Creek 28, Harlan County 11: Jaden Baird caught two of Luke Duby's three touchdown passes and made a late interception to help visiting Tates Creek bounce back from its first loss of the season.
The Commodores (2-1) overcame four turnovers, including two that led to Harlan County scores in the first half that kept the game close. Tates Creek led 14-11 at the half.
Tates Creek pulled away in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns in a three-minute span. Baird's second touchdown catch — a 28-yard strike from Duby — gave the Commodores a 21-11 lead with 8:42 to play.
Baird halted the Black Bears’ next series when he picked off a Jacob Branson pass and returned it 69 yards to the Harlan County 21. Three plays later, Tates Creek's Teonte White scored from 16 yards out to set the final score.
Laron Warner led the Commodores in rushing with 70 yards on 16 carries, and he caught two passes for 36 yards. Baird caught three passes for 58 yards.
Lexington Christian 41, Lincoln (Ind.) 21: LCA dug a 21-7 hole midway through the second quarter but stormed back with 34 unanswered points to knock off their Hoosier-state hosts. The Eagles held Lincoln to 194 yards of offense while gaining 538 themselves as seniors Logan Nieves and Dillon Wheatley once again proved a potent one-two punch.
Nieves’ first touchdown pass of the night, a 35-yarder to Drayden Burton, drew LCA (3-0) within 21-14 as the second quarter wound down. After a 12-yard touchdown run by Wheatley got the Eagles within 21-20, Nieves’ 17-yard strike to Caelen Lebryk gave them the lead for good. Wheatley added a 5-yard TD run and then Nieves hit Lebryk for a 31-yard score to set the final margin.
Nieves completed 18 of 21 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns and ran 21 times for 80 yards and another score. Wheatley carried 22 times for 157 yards, averaging 7.1 yards-per-carry.
Wade Drake caught five passes for 93 yards, Burton hauled in six catches for 81 yards and Lebryk added three catches for 53 yards.
Paris 36, Pineville 8: Sophomore running back Matthew Barber gashed Pineville’s defense as the host Greyhounds mauled the Mountain Lions. Barber rushed 14 times for 242 yards and three touchdowns, including a 53-yarder to give Paris (2-0) the lead early in the first quarter. Eric Johnson added a 35-yard touchdown run for Paris, which held Pineville (1-2) scoreless until Philip Bruner punched in a 5-yard TD and rushed for the 2-point conversion late in the fourth.
Covington Catholic 41, Cooper 0: A.J. Mayer tossed three touchdown passes, two of which were caught by Malachi Pike, and the Colonels shut down the visiting Jaguars on Friday. Mayer completed six of eight passes for 160 yards and Pike caught three balls for 87 yards. Junior running back Casey McGinness rushed 10 times for 99 yards and scored the game’s final touchdown midway through the second quarter.
Meade County 58, Shelby County 13: Zach Babb spearheaded a ruthless rushing attack, unloading for 311 yards and four touchdowns as Meade County (2-1) pummeled host Shelby County (2-1) without throwing a single pass.
A total of three Green Wave runners eclipsed the century mark, with Colin Jaggers rushing for 120 yards and four touchdowns of his own, and DeShawn Welch adding 122 yards. Meade rushed for 627 yards as a team, averaging 13.9 yards per carry. The Green Wave held the Rockets to 112 yards of offense and four first downs.
Hazard 42, Letcher County Central 12: The Cougars took the lead on a 90-yard touchdown pass from Nick Sergent to Blake Beshear, but the Bulldogs reeled off 42 unanswered points to remain undefeated. Cory Smith rushed 18 times for 101 yards and three touchdowns for Hazard (2-0), which hosts Somerset next week. Bailey Blair tossed three touchdowns and Bryson Parks caught three passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Hunter Campbell had a 32-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter for Letcher Central (0-3).