No. 15 Danville 27, Tates Creek 24: David Walker made a dramatic, leaping touchdown catch with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter to cap a late Danville rally and spoil a monumental upset bid by visiting Tates Creek on Friday night.
What looked to be a signature victory for the Commodores (4-2) ended in a heartbreaking loss. But, even in defeat, Tates Creek’s players also made a statement: They are for real.
On the road against an undefeated team and perennial state power, Tates Creek got three first-half touchdown passes from Cameron Workman to bolt to a 21-7 lead.
The lead could have been larger, if not for some questionable officiating.
Tates Creek was the victim of shaky calls on back-to-back plays near the end of the first half that erased two Danville turnovers — the first likely costing the Commodores a touchdown.
An inadvertent whistle erased an 80-yard fumble return when a Tates Creek defender scooped up a backwards lateral and had a clear path to the end zone.
On the next play, a Danville runner fumbled and Tates Creek recovered the ball. But the runner was ruled down, and the Admirals ended the drive with a 2-yard Zach Thornton touchdown run to trim the lead to 21-14 just before halftime.
Tates Creek moved the ball to the Danville 42-yard line in the final seconds of the half and appeared to have time to run one more play, but the clock ran out after Danville declined a delay-of-game penalty. Danville play-by-play announcer Joe Mathis tweeted that Tates Creek Coach Antoine Sims screamed at the officiating crew on his way to the locker room.
Tates Creek stretched the lead to 24-14 on a 28-yard Dozier Combs field goal to start the fourth quarter, but Danville (7-0) answered with a 1-yard Donlevy Harris TD run with 9:00 left and Walker’s highlight-reel, 31-yard catch from Thornton.
For Tates Creek, Workman completed 17 of 38 passes for 225 yards. Devonta Clay caught four passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns, and Laron Warner led the Commodores in rushing with 94 yards on 22 carries.
Warner also caught four passes for 38 yards and raced 22 yards behind the line of scrimmage to retrieve a ball that was snapped over Workman’s head. Later that drive, Clay made a leaping 37-yard catch over Danville’s Brennen McGuire to give the Commodores a 14-7 lead.
Darryl Bell’s 3-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter gave Tates Creek a 7-0 lead.
Danville, tied with Lexington Christian at No. 15 in Dave Cantrall’s Rating the State, tied it when Thornton connected with Dmauriae VanCleave for a 33-yard touchdown pass.
Harris led Danville in rushing with 72 yards on 12 carries. Thornton was 15-for-28 passing for 168 yards and two scores.
Lafayette 44, Paul Dunbar 0: Behind three Cameron Morgan touchdown runs and a stingy defense that allowed just 137 total yards, Lafayette pounded visiting Dunbar on Friday night to end a five-game losing skid.
All three of Morgan’s touchdown runs came in the first half. His 10-yard score gave the Generals a 30-0 lead. Moments later the Dunbar defense got caught sleeping as wide receiver Ean Shaw hit DeMarco Fishback with a 59-yard touchdown pass to put Lafayette up 37-0 at halftime.
Morgan finished with 84 yards on 15 carries for Lafayette (2-5). Dekwan Edwards threw a pair of touchdowns to Caylon Williams, a 30-yarder that put the Generals ahead 14-0 and a 14-yarder for the game’s final score early in the third quarter. Alex Bard rushed for 57 yards for Paul Dunbar (0-6). The Bulldogs have been shut out in five of six games this season.
No. 15 Lexington Christian 76, Middlesboro 28: Dillon Wheatley ran for 83 yards and five touchdowns, and Logan Nieves was 7-for-8 passing for 192 yards and three touchdowns as visiting LCA (7-0) posted a season high for points.
The Eagles scored 28 points in the first quarter and a whopping 41 in the second to build a 69-28 lead at the half.
LCA had 489 yards of offense, and even its penalties were prolific. The Eagles were whistled 12 times for 110 yards.
Middlesboro (2-5) turned it over four times. Its big play was an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Owen McWilliams.
Over the last two weeks, LCA has outscored the opposition 145-66. The Eagles are averaging 54.1 points a game.
No. 1 Trinity 28, No. 5 St. Xavier 0: Trinity shut out St. Xavier in the renewal of their annual rivalry. The Shamrocks topped the Tigers for the sixth straight time.
Rondale Moore, a University of Texas commit, led Trinity with 108 yards on seven carries and had 11 receptions for 81 yards en route to being named MVP of the contest by the Great American Rivalry Series, which featured the game as part of its season.
Neither team scored in the first quarter, but Trinity changed that with a 6-yard pass from Nick Bohn to Tony Palombino with 8:38 left in the second quarter. The Shamrocks added a second score — a 4-yard pass from Bohn to Nick Strothman — with 13 seconds to play in the first half.
“That’s on me,” Trinity Coach Bob Beatty said of the Shamrocks’ sluggish start. “I felt like we wanted to change tempo when we came out of the huddle, and we looked like me — slow. Then we went no huddle and we sped things up a little bit and I felt like we got a little grasp then.”
Bohn finished 32 of 42 for 237 yards. He finished with four TD passes after hitting two other receivers — Ryan Miller and Jacob McCarthy — for scores in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
Frederick Douglass 27, Bryan Station 6: Micah Lowe caught two touchdown passes and Montaveon Bean passed for three touchdowns as the host Broncos won their fifth game in a row. Bean hit Lowe for 15-yard and 24-yard scores in the first quarter. Lowe has caught seven of Bean’s eight touchdown passes on the year.
Lowe nearly had a third touchdown reception in the first quarter but fumbled before he reached the goal line, and the ball rolled out of the the end zone for a touchback.
Douglass (5-1) rushed for 267 yards, led by Jefferson Harkless, who gained 138 yards on 23 carries and scored from 1-yard out for a 21-6 lead halfway through the third quarter.
The highlight of the night for Bryan Station (0-6), perhaps the highlight of the night throughout Lexington, came in the second quarter. With the Defenders backed up to their own 10-yard line, there was a scrum after a fumble. Bryan Station offensive lineman Christian Benton scooped up the ball and rumbled 90 yards for a touchdown. But Benton, who reportedly tops the 300-pound mark, couldn’t convert the 2-point rush attempt.
No. 3 Scott County 57, Henry Clay 28: The host Blue Devils were no match for the Cardinals’ powerful rushing attack on Friday. Scott County (5-2) piled up 312 of its 423 offensive yards on the ground, averaging 6.8 yards per carry en route to its second win in a row after back-to-back losses to Cincinnati schools.
Austin Barnett and Brice Fryman both eclipsed the century mark on the ground. Barnett rushed for 121 yards and the game’s first touchdown. Fryman had 104 yards and two scores.
The Cardinals’ special teams were a menace as well. Glen Covington returned a punt 75 yards to the house for a 35-7 lead early in the second quarter. Berk Watts returned a blocked punt 25 yards for a touchdown and a 57-14 Scott County lead late in the third.
Henry Clay (2-4) rushed for 123 yards as a team. Ramond Jackson returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown and had five tackles for the Blue Devils, who’ll look to bounce back next week when they host Dunbar.
Collins 45, Franklin County 7: JR Lucas threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Sicari Toole returned one of his two interceptions 83 yards for a touchdown as host Collins (5-2) rolled.
Fred Farrier’s 10-yard TD run pulled Franklin County (3-3) within 14-7 in the first quarter, but the Flyers didn’t score again.
Collins won big despite going 0-for-8 on third-down conversions. Anthony Bradford carried eight times for 85 of the Titans’ 162 rushing yards.
Franklin County’s Jesse Thurman was picked off three times and sacked four times. Nick Eades had 13 solo tackles for Collins, and Darius Williams had two sacks.
Bourbon County 27, Mason County 26: Trailing 20-19 heading into the fourth quarter, the Colonels took the lead when Dillon Landrum hit Justin Blankenship for a 27-yard touchdown pass. The pair connected again for the 2-point conversion and visiting Bourbon County (4-2) held on. Chandler Dunaway’s 15-yard touchdown run cut the lead to 1 point with 57 seconds left to play and the Royals opted to go for the win, but their 2-point conversion run was stuffed and the Colonels recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal it.
Landrum threw three touchdowns for Bourbon County. Tykeise Henry’s 24-yard interception return gave Mason County (3-3) a 7-0 lead.
Conner 40, Lloyd Memorial 28: Cooper Gullion accounted for the first four touchdowns of the game as the host Cougars built a 20-0 halftime lead and went on to win their second straight game. Christian Webster had touchdown runs of 5 and 30 yards for Conner (4-2). Jordan Fann led Lloyd Memorial (4-2), rushing for two touchdowns and throwing two scoring strikes, one for 85 yards, to Isaiah Voet.
Holmes 49, Covington Holy Cross 0: Andrew Ruffin scored two defensive touchdowns — recovering a blocked punt in the end zone and returning a fumble 59 yards for the final score — as host Holmes (2-4) blasted its city rival.
Trey Gaither caught both James Walker touchdown passes, and Bryzon Hicks added a 36-yard TD run.
Anderson County 43, Grant County 8: Andrew Lykins returned the opening onside kickoff 48 yards for a touchdown, and visiting Anderson County (5-1) scored on its next five possessions as it coasted to its fourth consecutive victory.
Displaying epic passing efficiency, Anderson County’s Jagger Gillis completed both of his pass attempts for touchdowns, and teammate Matt Stamper attempted one pass for a 51-yard score. Blake Franklin ran for 59 yards and a touchdown and caught a 46-yard TD pass.
Grant County (0-7) avoided the shutout on Austin Smith’s 5-yard touchdown run with 1:33 remaining. Smith led all rushers with 80 yards on 14 carries.
Holy Cross (0-7) was blanked for the third time in its last four games.
Caldwell County 39, Union County 7: Quarterback Joby Jaggers didn’t throw a single pass that hit the ground as he helped the visiting Tigers hand Union County its first loss of the season. Jaggers competed 20 of 22 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns. His only two incompletions of the night were interceptions. Travis Newsome had touchdown catches of 15 and 72 yards for Caldwell County (6-1). Renato Savage’s 4-yard touchdown run got Union County (5-1) on the board in the fourth quarter.
Hazard 38, Pikeville 26: With the game tied 14-14 at halftime, the host Bulldogs outscored the Panthers 24-12 in the second half for their fourth win in five games. Bailey Blair passed for 178 yards and a 24-yard touchdown to Braxton Whitaker for Hazard (4-1). Blair added a pair of 1-yard touchdown plunges. Reese Fletcher got the Bulldogs’ ground game going, rushing for 144 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. Jackson Hensley returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown for Pikeville (1-4).
Josh Moore contributed to this story (@hlpreps).