Scott County 56, North Bullitt 13: The Cardinals dominated in all three phases of the game as they routed the Eagles at Georgetown College’s Toyota Stadium on Friday. Scott County rushed for 266 yards as a team and built a 49-0 halftime lead.
With the Cardinals leading 21-0 early in the second quarter, Matt Fannin returned a blocked punt 12 yards for a touchdown to stretch the lead to four possessions. A 10-yard blocked punt return by Payton Brown later in the quarter put the Cards ahead 35-0, and minutes later Wynston Reibel scored on a 33-yard fumble return to set the halftime score.
Three different Cardinals rushed for at least 50 yards and four scored rushing touchdowns. Bronson Brown had 64 yards and a TD on two carries and Austin Barnett scored twice and ran for 53 yards.
DeSales 19, St. Xavier 16: The host Colts pulled off the season’s first stunner on opening weekend, edging last year’s Class 6A runner-up on Aaron Pfaadt’s 1-yard touchdown run with four minutes left in the game. DeSales and St. Xavier hadn’t played since 1998 and the Tigers had won the previous 14 meetings, with DeSales’ last victory coming in 1986.
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On the final play of the first half Pfaadt found Antoine Johnson for a 34-yard touchdown pass that gave the Colts a 13-3 lead heading into the locker room. St. Xavier took the lead on Andre Coleman’s 74-yard TD pass to Douglas Bodhaine early in the fourth quarter but the Tigers couldn’t hold on.
Carmel (Ind.) 21, Trinity 14: Traditional Indiana power Carmel ended defending 6A champion Trinity’s 30-game winning streak.
Host Carmel scored the game-winning touchdown on a 21-yard pass with 28 seconds remaining, according to the Indianapolis Star.
The losses by Trinity and St. Xavier on the same night marked the first time that had happened since Sept. 11, 2015, the Courier Journal reported.
Franklin County 27, Western Hills 20: The Flyers held on for the win on a muddy field at Western Hills despite a big Wolverines comeback led by University of Kentucky recruit Wandale Robinson.
Franklin County raced to a 21-0 lead, according to the Frankfort State Journal. Western Hills closed the deficit to 21-13 on touchdown runs of 23 and 86 yards by Mr. Football candidate Robinson, according to the report.
After the Flyers stretched their lead to 27-13, Robinson scored again on a 74-yard TD catch.
Ameer Lee scored two TDs and Jessie Thurman and DJ Rucker also scored for Franklin County, the State Journal reported.
Covington Catholic 40, Ryle 7: Casey McGinness kicked off his senior campaign in a big way, scoring five rushing touchdowns as the Colonels buried the host Raiders. Covington Catholic jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and held Ryle scoreless until 6:30 left in the game.
Sophomore quarterback Caleb Jacob added a 70-yard touchdown pass to Jack Coldiron and a 60-yard scoring strike to John Schuh. Ryle faces Henry Clay next Friday in the Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic.
Highlands 36, Cooper 7: Cooper Schwalbach got Highlands on the board with a 32-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and the host Bluebirds never looked back.
After Cooper got within 8-7 on Jeremiah Lee’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Michael Armour, Highlands scored four unanswered TDs to close the game.
Grady Cramer completed 14 of 23 passes in the win and hit Hunter Ahlfeld for a 44-yard score in the second quarter. Nate Roberts scored from 65 yards out on his only carry of the game. Jeremiah Lee threw for 115 yards and the Jaguars’ lone score in the loss.
Anderson County 41, Clark County 0: Charles Collins made quite the impression in his debut for Anderson County. The transfer from Montgomery County had three touchdowns and 175 total yards as the visiting Bearcats rolled. Collins rushed for 103 yards and a score and had Anderson County’s only two receptions on the night, touchdowns of 46 and 25 yards.
Zach Labhart added 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Nitavius Thomas led the Cardinals with 60 yards rushing.