High School Football

23 football teams scored at least 50 points this week. 22 of them won.

Scott County’s Austin Barnett, shown here running against Frederick Douglass last season, rushed for 216 yards and six TDs on 29 carries in the Cardinals’ 59-28 win over Lafayette last Friday.
Scott County’s Austin Barnett, shown here running against Frederick Douglass last season, rushed for 216 yards and six TDs on 29 carries in the Cardinals’ 59-28 win over Lafayette last Friday. aslitz@herald-leader.com

What happened this week in Kentucky high school football? Here are five observations from the week.

1.) Respect

Frederick Douglass’ staff has treated Scott County’s program with reverence in its inaugural season. “That Team Up North,” as Coach Brian Landis has called them, is what the Broncos aspire to become some day.

Douglass got a first-hand look at this year’s edition of the Cardinals in a 55-21 loss on Friday. For a while the Broncos traded blows, twice responding to Scott County scores in the first quarter, but couldn’t bounce back after a fumble and a drive stunted at midfield gave the Cards a two-touchdown edge.

Scott County Coach Jim McKee was asked about Douglass’ long-term aspirations after the game.

“I can’t control what any other program wants to do or does, nor make any comments,” McKee said. “I just think that our focus has never been anybody else as much as it’s always just been us. How can we be absolutely as good as we can be at what we do?

“Those guys have some dynamic athletes. … I’ve learned a long time ago to never make any comments about the regular-season games, cause there’s always a chance that there’ll be a postseason game later with them or somebody else. We’re gonna have to play somebody more than once this year.”

2.) Offensive-minded

For a quarter it appeared as if the Douglass-Scott County bout was poised to create an eye-popping score. Across the state, points were plentiful on Friday night.

Twenty-three teams scored at least 50 points this week. Twenty-two of them won; Ballard Memorial defeated Crittenden County, 74-70, in a final more befitting of basketball than football. The Bombers won their second straight game after starting the season 0-5; they scored 66 points last week.

Lexington Catholic and Western Hills combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense in a 71-49 win for the Knights. More points were scored it that regulation affair than Mason County’s 54-48 double overtime win at Harrison County. Ashland Blazer (71-0 at East Carter) and Casey County (70-30 at McCreary Central) also hit the 70-point mark this week.

3.) Nevermore

South Warren, ranked fourth in the latest Class 5A Cantrall Ratings, suffered its first loss of the season in a 31-17 decision at Ravenwood, Tenn., which is located south of Nashville and plays in Tennessee’s Class 6A division.

The Spartans led briefly in the third quarter. Two blocked punts in the first half, a punt that went only six yards in the fourth quarter and a fourth-quarter fumble helped contribute to South Warren’s demise.

A positive? The Spartans have two weeks to prepare for Bowling Green in what could be one of the most-watched high school games in the history of Warren County; it will be the first meeting between the prolific programs, which are now in the same district.

4.) NKY clash

Covington Catholic ended a 15-game losing streak to Highlands with a 63-26 romp last season. The Colonels will be favored to start a streak of their own next week at home.

They’ve been the clear No. 1 team in Class 5A for much of the season and are considered by some the second-best in the state behind Trinity. A.J. Mayer, a Miami of Ohio commit, threw for 316 yards and three TDs in a 30-7 victory over Bishop Chatard (Ind.) on Friday.

Highlands snapped a four-game losing streak with a 47-0 win over Dixie Heights.

5.) Thursday Night Lights

Eighteen games were played on Thursday night, including most notably a top-10 matchup in Class 6A between No. 6 Pleasure Ridge Park and No. 9 Butler. PRP bounced back from two straight losses to take a 24-21 decision on the road.

Tates Creek toppled No. 10 Madison Central, 17-10, on Thursday night, thanks to a fortunate tipped pass and a game-saving tackle in the waning minutes.

Logan County extended its school-record start to 7-0 with a 4-yard TD run by sophomore Tyler Ezell as time expired in a 13-12 victory over Hopkinsville.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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