Bryan Station 41, Madison Central 21: After waiting two months for their first win of the season the Defenders have found their footing.
Behind a monumental effort from quarterback Jalen Burbage, Bryan Station closed out the regular season by pounding visiting Madison Central on Friday for its second win in a row.
Burbage, who has a scholarship offer from Cincinnati, gashed Madison Central on the ground, rushing for 323 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. He also completed nine of 14 passes for 112 yards and another score.
Burbage gave the Defenders a 9-0 lead with a 65-yard TD run early in the second quarter, then Kendrick Curry pushed the lead to 15-0 when he returned a blocked punt 31 yards for a score. Curry also caught a 7-yard touchdown and had 89 yards receiving.
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Freddie Chenault led Madison Central (7-3) with 124 rushing yards and a touchdown. Ethan Hahn also ran for a touchdown and returned a kickoff 87 yards for a score.
Madison Central will open the Class 6A playoffs by hosting Seneca next Friday, while Bryan Station (2-8) will travel to Simon Kenton.
Frederick Douglass 20, Conner 0: The Broncos finished off the program’s first undefeated regular season behind another big night from Demarco Fishback, who rushed for 163 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown.
Montaveon Bean ran for a 25-yard touchdown for Douglass (10-0), which outgained Conner 313 yards to 147.
Jared Hicks threw for 117 yards but was picked off three times for Conner (7-3), which will host Lafayette in the first round of the playoffs. Douglass hosts Pleasure Ridge Park.
Paul Laurence Dunbar 60, Western 14: The Bulldogs went out on a good note on Friday, routing the visiting Warriors. Alex Bard ran for 61 yards and three touchdowns and Jamarcus Robinson caught two touchdown passes for Dunbar (3-7), which did not qualify for the postseason. Tanner Cox threw for a touchdown and had a sack in his final game for the Bulldogs.
Kobe Bowens ran for 66 yards for Western (1-9), which opens the Class 4A playoffs at Taylor County next week.
Franklin County 35, Tates Creek 19: Marcus Bosley capped a 12-play drive with a short TD run to tie things late in the first quarter but the Flyers scored the next 28 points to take command in a road victory.
Sophomore Nick Broyles completed 15 of 30 passes for 252 yards and two TDs — one to Ameer Lee and another to Fred Farrier — and rushed for a game-high 74 yards and two more TDs to lead Franklin County, which will open the Class 4A playoffs against Russell County at home next week.
Farrier caught an 11-yard pass to put Franklin County (8-2) up for good with 10:32 left in the second quarter. Broyles 28 seconds later scored his second rushing TD after the Flyers forced and recovered a fumble.
Lee, who led the night with 117 yards on five receptions, ran for much of the 72 yards accounted for on his TD reception. Brandon Semones returned an interception 35 yards for the final Franklin County score with 7:25 left in the third quarter.
Luke Duby was 9-for-15 for 165 yards and two TDs with an interception for Tates Creek (4-5). Bosley had 62 yards on 17 carries for the Commodores, who will travel to Ryle in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. Keshawn Herron had 80 yards and a TD on three receptions for Creek.
Lexington Catholic 45, Southwestern 17: Catholic jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the first quarter and never trailed on its way to handing the Warriors their second straight loss after an unbeaten start.
Brennan Emnett returned an interception 18 yards for a TD and Trenton Neuer rushed for a two-point conversion to put Catholic up 18-0 with 4:25 left in the first quarter. The Warriors (8-2) pulled to within a score — 18-10 — on Drew Sawyers’ 10-yard run with 7:21 left in the second period but Beau Allen hit Tommy Knopp for a 38-yard TD to re-extend the Catholic lead less than a minute and a half later.
JP Vaught — a track-and-field state champion — caught a 70-yard TD pass from Sawyers to again bring the Warriors within eight points but Catholic responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive and an Allen TD run with 12 seconds to play in the first half to go up 32-17. The Knights added their last score in the fourth quarter — a 27-yard completion from Allen to Luke Powell — following a scoreless third.
Allen — a junior with offers from UK, Michigan and Duke — went 14-of-18 for 284 yards and three TDs along with 43 yards on nine carries. Lexington Catholic will open the postseason against Pike County Central at home next week in the Class 3A playoffs.
Dylan Bland had a game-high 138 yards on 23 carries for Southwestern, which will host Perry County Central in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Western Hills 25, Harrison County 18: University of Kentucky target Wandale Robinson scored his fourth touchdown of the night in the closing seconds to lift the host Wolverines.
Western Hills (7-3) trailed 12-0 at halftime and 18-6 late in the third quarter, as Harrison County’s defense (6-4) held Robinson in check for much of the night. But Robinson dominated the fourth quarter in a game that was attended by representatives from Alabama and Ohio State.
Robinson ran for 95 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes, both of which were touchdowns, for 95 yards. On defense, he made nine tackles and forced and recovered a fumble, returning it 54 yards for a score.
The Wolverines open the 3A playoffs at Lawrence County.
Lexington Christian 44, Estill Co. 14: Four Eagles topped the 100-yard mark as Lexington Christian closed the regular season with its fifth win in six games. Jayden Barnhardt threw for 159 yards and a touchdown. Most of that work went the way of Dearious Smith, who caught five passes for 141 yards and a score.
Thomas White rushed for 139 yards and a TD and Xavier Brown added 120 yards and three scores on the ground.
LCA (7-3) hosts Prestonsburg in the Class 2A opener. Estill County (4-6) travels to Bell County in the 3A first round.
Anderson County 45, North Oldham 6: Charles Collins had 203 yards and three TDs on just 11 carries to lead the Bearcats in a rout and help them complete their first undefeated regular season since 2007.
The Bearcats (10-0) rushed for 316 yards and held the Mustangs to minus-28 yards on the ground. Brennon Maxberry chipped in 65 yards and two TDs on five rushes to help Anderson County, which received a first-round bye in the Class 5A playoffs and will await the winner between Highlands and Madison Southern.
North Oldham’s Brendan McAfee was 13-of-32 for 223 yards and a TD but was picked off twice. The Mustangs travel to Wayne County to open the Class 4A postseason.
Covington Catholic 28, Campbell County 0: The defending Class 5A champs had a different player score a TD in each quarter to complete their second straight unbeaten regular season.
Caleb McGinness, Michael Mayer, Caleb Jacob and Jacob Shriver each scored for the Colonels, who will host Woodford County next week in round one. McGinness had 167 yards on 31 carries to lead their cause.
Campbell County — limited to just 61 yards of total offense — hosts Scott County in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Highlands 55, Boone County 14: Ethan Houze caught a pair of touchdowns from Grady Cramer, and Joe Buten ran for a a pair of 19-yard scores as the host Bluebirds won for the sixth time in their last seven games. Their only blemish in that span was a 21-14 loss to No. 1 Covington Catholic. Jerry Cortez led Boone County with 140 rushing yards and a TD.
Highlands (8-2) will host Madison Southern in the 5A playoffs next week while Boone County (2-8) will travel to Henry Clay.
Union County 10, Murray 8: The host Tigers led 8-7 with just over four minutes to play and were attempting to run out the clock when the Braves forced and recovered a fumble, then drove down the field and set up Mason Welden’s game-winning 25-yard field goal as time expired.
Union County (7-3) will open the Class 3A playoffs at LaRue County while Murray (6-4) will host Todd County Central in 2A.