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Playoff highlights: Henry Clay guts one out, UK target leads LexCath in romp

Photo slideshow: Cooper at Clark County

Cooper defeated Clark County, 48-21, in the first round of the Class 6A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl playoffs in Winchester, Kentucky, on Friday, November 2, 2018.
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Cooper defeated Clark County, 48-21, in the first round of the Class 6A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl playoffs in Winchester, Kentucky, on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Henry Clay 21, Boone County 14: The host Blue Devils found themselves in a dogfight in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs on Friday night, but Langston Jackson ran for a 12-yard touchdown with just over two minutes to play to lift Henry Clay past upset-minded Boone County.

Jackson scored all three of the Blue Devils’ touchdowns. His 8-yard run early in the first quarter gave Henry Clay the lead before Zach Grau got Boone County even with a 30-yard TD pass to R.J. Summers. Jackson’s 28-yard run put Henry Clay ahead 14-7 heading into halftime.

Boone County again tied the game on a 56-yard touchdown run by John Mark Shutt. The Rebels had one last chance after Jackson’s third score, but Trayce Clay intercepted Grau at midfield with about a minute left to end the game.

Langston Jackson finished with 60 yards rushing for Henry Clay (6-5) while Ramond Jackson caught seven passes for 75 yards. Summers had 75 receiving yards and Jerry Cortez 99 rushing yards for Boone County (2-9).

Tates Creek 43, Ryle 20: Several Commodores turned in big nights on offense as Tates Creek jumped all over the host Raiders. Miles Thomas caught touchdown passes of 52 and 35 yards from Luke Duby as the Commodores built a 21-0 first-quarter lead. Thomas’ third TD catch put Tates Creek (5-5) ahead 35-7 in the third quarter.

Duby finished with 238 passing yards and four touchdowns. Thomas caught four passes for 102 yards. Keshawn Herron caught five passes, including a 67-yard touchdown for the game’s first score. Marcus Bosley ran for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson Saladin led Ryle (2-9) with 96 rushing yards and a TD.

Lexington Catholic 58, Pike County Central 18: University of Kentucky target Beau Allen was dominant as the host Knights rolled in the 3A opening round. Allen ran for 78 yards and a touchdown and spread five passing touchdowns among four different receivers as he completed 10 of 14 passes for 308 yards.

Dylan Bracken had 89 yards and two TD catches and Phillip Gough turned his only reception of the night into a 92-yard score. With Lexington Catholic leading 22-12, Nathan Schnurr caught a 66-yard TD from Allen that began a run in which the Knights outscored the Hawks 36-6.

Lexington Catholic (8-3) put up 501 yards of total offense while holding Pike County Central (3-8) to 256 yards.

Frederick Douglass 42, Pleasure Ridge Park 8: Cam Jones completed eight of 11 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns for the host Broncos, the top-rated team in Class 6A. Dekel Crowdus caught three passes for 87 yards and two TDs and had a 47-yard touchdown rush that put the Broncos ahead 21-0 early in the second quarter on their way to a 36-0 halftime lead.

Frederick Douglass (11-0) held the Panthers to just 174 yards of offense. Maurice Sodja had 100 yards passing for Pleasure Ridge Park (2-9).

Jones, a Cincinnati commit, surpassed 10,000 passing yards for his career and sits at eighth in state history with 10,062 yards. He’s thrown for 106 career TDs, the 10th most in state history.

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Lexington Christian 46, Prestonsburg 14: Xavier Brown ran for a pair of touchdowns and Jayden Barnhardt threw for a score and ran for another as the host Eagles won going away.

Lexington Christian (8-3) held Prestonsburg (2-9) to 87 yards of offense and led 31-0 at halftime. Ezekiel Briggs ran for a touchdown and Samuel Kelly caught a TD for the Blackcats in the loss.

Simon Kenton 48, Bryan Station 34: Three different players had monster nights on the ground as the host Pioneers ended Bryan Station’s two-game winning streak.

Caleb Farfsing led the way with 214 rushing yards and a score while Jon Sergent added 200 yards and three touchdowns. Austin Hammack ran for 100 yards and a TD.

Farfsing also threw two touchdowns to Erik Brown, helping Simon Kenton (9-2) rack up 565 yards of offense.

Senior quarterback Jalen Burbage, who recently received a scholarship offer from the University of Cincinnati, threw for 170 yards and two touchdowns and tacked on 118 rushing yards and two more scores in his last game for Bryan Station (2-9). Kendrick Curry caught six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

Conner 28, Lafayette 7: A rough season came to an end for the visiting Generals as Conner’s defense dominated.

Lafayette (1-10) finished with minus-39 yards of offense as the Cougars allowed just one first down and four pass completions while making 13 tackles for loss, including six sacks.

Christian Webster led Conner (8-3) with 164 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Jay Brank recovered two fumbles for Lafayette.

Scott County 36, Campbell County 13: Bronson Brown ran for two first-quarter touchdowns as Scott County (8-3) jumped on the host Camels early and never looked back. After Glenn Covington and Austin Barnett added rushing touchdowns, Adam Greiving capped the scoring for the Cardinals by returning a fumble 32 yards for a TD early in the second quarter.

Reid Jolly caught a pair of touchdowns from Andrew Helton in the second half for Campbell County (6-5). Brown finished with 182 rushing yards for Scott County.

Covington Catholic 49, Woodford County: Casey McGinness ran for 97 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 1 overall team in the Cantrall rankings made quick work of the visiting YellowJackets.

Covington Catholic (11-0) allowed Woodford County (2-9) just one first down and two yards of total offense.

Madison Central 50, Seneca 0: The host Indians scored three touchdowns in less than five minutes on their way to a 23-0 first-quarter lead. The defense got in on the scoring in the second quarter, as Ben Snapp returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown and Kenton Humphrey recovered a fumble in the end zone as Madison Central (8-3) built a 37-0 halftime lead.

Seneca (0-11) managed just 87 yards of offesne against an Indians’ defense that forced five turnovers and made five sacks.

Shelby County 35, Rockcastle County 20: Dominique Bosco ran for 11 yards and a TD and Cameron Armstrong added 93 rushing yards and another score as the host Rockets pulled away in the second half.

Zach Taylor and Hunter Sargent each ran for two touchdowns for Rockcastle County (5-6).

Highlands 36, Madison Southern 7: Grady Cramer completed 14 of 20 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns to lead the host Bluebirds to their third straight win. Alex Knuckles led Madison Southern (2-9) with 105 rushing yards.

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