High School Football

Highlights: Morgan’s monster night carries Lafayette; LexCath offense electric in shootout

Lafayette's Cameron Morgan (24) ran against Bryan Station on Aug. 18. On Friday, the senior racked up 261 rushing yards in the Generals’ 38-14 win over Clark County.
Lafayette's Cameron Morgan (24) ran against Bryan Station on Aug. 18. On Friday, the senior racked up 261 rushing yards in the Generals’ 38-14 win over Clark County. aslitz@herald-leader.com

Lafayette 38, Clark County 14: Cameron Morgan had a Senior Night to remember on Friday, erupting for a career-high 261 rushing yards and a touchdown as the host Generals roughed up the Cardinals in their regular-season home finale.

Morgan eclipsed his previous career high of 250 yards, set in the Generals’ win over Simon Kenton in last year’s Class 6A state quarterfinals.

Morgan rushed 19 times on Friday night, gashing the Cardinals for an average of 13.7 yards per carry. His 75-yard touchdown run gave Lafayette (3-5) a 38-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Generals held Clark County (4-2) to 105 yards of offense and forced two turnovers. Jaylen Lawson led the defense with 7 1/2 tackles, including two for loss. Lafayette’s offense has come alive in the last two weeks, putting up 82 points after having been held under 20 in each of its previous four games.

Lexington Catholic 71, Western Hills 49: Junior phenom Wandale Robinson scored seven touchdowns, and even that wasn’t enough to deliver a victory for Western Hills in the district opener for both teams.

Robinson’s sixth touchdown of the night — a 52-yard reception from J’len Youngblood — gave Western Hills (5-2) its last lead, 43-42, with 6:49 left in the third quarter.

Host Lexington Catholic (4-3) took command of the back-and-forth game from there, outscoring Western Hills 29-6 down the stretch.

Robinson, who is being recruited by Kentucky, rushed for 276 yards and five touchdowns, including a 61-yard burst in the first quarter. He caught two passes for 56 yards and a TD, and he returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.

Robinson’s 231 yards on kickoff returns gave him 563 all-purpose yards.

For the season, Robinson has rushed for 1,662 yards and 24 touchdowns on 105 carries.

Lexington Catholic got 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Dameon Jones. Quarterback Beau Allen was 15-for-19 passing for 259 yards and four touchdowns. Nathan Schnurr caught four passes for 127 yards and a score, and Luke Powell caught two TD passes.

At halftime, Lexington Catholic retired Winston Guy’s No. 5 jersey. Guy played defensive back for the University of Kentucky from 2008-11 and for three NFL teams from 2012-16.

Male 37, Bryan Station 6: Jalen Burbage’s 43-yard touchdown scamper pulled Bryan Station to within 7-6 in the first quarter, but it was all Male (7-1) after that.

The host Bulldogs totaled 395 yards of offense and took advantage of four Bryan Station turnovers to win their fourth game in a row. Cameron Chesher passed for 170 yards and two touchdowns, and Henry Vestal added 143 yards and a TD on the ground.

Burbage threw for 123 yards and ran for 71. Bryan Station (0-7) returns to district play next week when it hosts Henry Clay.

Hazard 37, Phelps 8: Bailey Blair completed 17 of 26 passes for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and held the Hornets at bay. Blair added a 5-yard TD run for host Hazard (5-1), which won its third game in a row. Sophomore Brittany Miniard made her first field goal of the year, a 29-yarder for Hazard’s last score. She converted all four of her extra-point kicks.

Phelps (3-3) avoided the shutout on Brandon Turnmine’s 4-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Highlands 47, Dixie Heights 0: Senior wideout Nick Veneman put on quite a show on Friday as the host Bluebirds dominated the Colonels to end a four-game losing skid.

Veneman hauled in five passes for 153 yards. Four of his catches were touchdowns. Carl Schoellman hooked up with Veneman for TDs of 40 and 66 yards as the Bluebirds built a 19-0 lead in the first quarter. Grady Cramer hit Veneman for an 8-yard touchdown to put Highlands (3-4) ahead 26-0 at halftime.

A 30-yard score in the third quarter was Veneman’s eighth touchdown of the year.

Brandon Barker rushed for 155 yards for Dixie Heights (3-5), which had won its last three games.

Covington Catholic 30, Bishop Chatard (Ind.) 7: AJ Mayer passed for 316 yards and three touchdowns, including a 79-yard hookup with Jack Coldiron, as Covington Catholic (7-0) stayed undefeated.

Casey McGinness added 93 yards rushing on 17 carries, and Mayer carried eight times for 59 yards. Covington Catholic has outscored its last six opponents 234-39.

The Colonels open district play at home next week against Highlands.

Anderson County 44, Woodford County 14: Blake Franklin rushed for 177 yards and four touchdowns as Anderson County (6-1) won its fifth game in a row.

The Bearcats held host Woodford County (0-7) to 142 yards of offense and had five sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

Josh Sullivan: 859-231-3225, @sullyjosh

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