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Ballers: This week’s top high school football performances

Western Hills' Wandale Robinson (1) intercepts a ball intended for Woodford County's Benjamin Nash (6) during their game at the Woodford County football stadium at Falling Springs in Versailles, Ky., Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.
Western Hills' Wandale Robinson (1) intercepts a ball intended for Woodford County's Benjamin Nash (6) during their game at the Woodford County football stadium at Falling Springs in Versailles, Ky., Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. aslitz@herald-leader.com

Some of the best performances from the eighth week of high school football season in Kentucky.

Austin Barnett, Scott County

This junior fullback ended his night with 124 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries as the Cardinals defeated Frederick Douglass, 55-21, in the first meeting between the schools.

Ethan Dossett, Crittenden County

Ballard Memorial got the best of the Rockets in a 74-70 shootout, but Dossett might have left with a state record. The junior had 13 catches for six touchdowns — matching the state record held by three others — and, according to one stat sheet, 349 yards, which would eclipse the previous state record of 325 held by Franklin-Simpson’s Patrick West since 2002. The actual yardage total was somewhat in doubt immediately after the game — a reporter on site from the Paducah Sun had him with 336 yards (which would still break the record) while another source had him with 317.

In the same game, Memorial’s Drew Cox had 12 catches for 308 yards and three TDs. His and Dossett’s were just the fifth and sixth instances where a Kentucky high school receiver reached 300 or more receiving yards in a single game.

Alex Dowds, Campbell County

The senior had a rushing yard for every day in the year as the Camels routed Conner, 54-28, on the road. He finished with 365 yards on the ground, 45 receiving, and four total TDs in the victory.

Blake Franklin, Anderson County

Franklin nearly doubled his rushing TD total on the season in a 44-14 win at Woodford County. He entered Friday night’s game with six scores on the ground this season but had four against the Yellow Jackets, including three on back-to-back-to-back drives in the second quarter to put the Bearcats in the driver’s seat for their fifth straight victory. He finished with 177 yards on 12 carries, and also had three solo tackles (one for a one-yard loss) on defense.

Wandale Robinson, Western Hills

His Wolverines didn’t come out on the winning side of a 71-49 defeat at Lexington Catholic, but Robinson, who holds multiple FBS offers, wowed spectators in attendance (among them UK assistants Darrin Hinshaw and John Schlarman) and and watching at home via a live stream Friday night. He scored seven total touchdowns — five rushing, one receiving and one on a 96-yard kickoff return — and ended the night with 563 all-purpose yards; Lexington Catholic had 612 as a team.

Storm Wilson, East Jessamine

He had a strong multi-faceted performance for the Jaguars in a 28-20 victory over Taylor County. The senior rushed for 87 yards and a TD, had 40 receiving yards and a TD, and returned an interception for a score.

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