Photo slideshow: Lexington Christian Academy vs. Middlesboro
Madison Central 13, Tates Creek 10: Trailing by two possessions late in the game, host Madison Central rode a huge fourth quarter from its defense and quarterback Derrick Miller to a come-from-behind victory on Friday.
After an 8-yard touchdown pass from Luke Duby to Miles Thomas and a 20-yard field goal by Osvaldo Vasquez, Tates Creek led 10-0 after three quarters.
But the Indians struck early in the fourth when Miller hit Ethan Hahn with a 45-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 10-7. On Tates Creek’s next possession, Duby was intercepted by Kenton Humphrey, who returned the pick 24 yards to the Commodores’ 11-yard line, setting up the game-winning 8-yard touchdown pass from Miller to Blake Muntz two plays later.
After surrendering the lead, Tates Creek self-destructed, turning the ball over via an interception then a fumble on its next two drives. The Commodores forced a punt with about one minute to play, but their returner fumbled near midfield and Madison Central ran out the clock.
Marcus Bosley rushed for 56 yards and caught five passes for 43 yards to lead Tates Creek (5-6). Freddie Chenault led Madison Central (9-3) with 61 rushing yards.
The Indians forced five total turnovers. Jackson Juett recovered a fumble and made 10 tackles in the win.
Lexington Christian 43, Shelby Valley 0: The visiting Eagles breezed to their fourth straight win. Xavier Brown’s 19-yard touchdown run put LCA (9-3) ahead 17-0 heading into halftime.
At one point, facing fourth-and-10 from the 15-yard line, LCA quarterback Jayden Barnhardt hit Will Vernon in the end zone for a touchdown. Another touchdown pass from Barnhardt to Vernon put the Eagles up 30-0.
The loss ended an eight-game win streak for Shelby Valley (10-2).
Simon Kenton 25, Henry Clay 7: Caleb Farfsing ran for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns as the host Pioneers built a 22-7 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way.
Simon Kenton outgained the Blue Devils 445 yards to 187 and forced two turnovers. Farfsing finished with 152 rushing yards on 24 carries. Erik Brown added three catches for 74 yards for Simon Kenton (10-2), which won its fifth straight.
Langston Jackson ran for 108 yards and scored the lone touchdown for Henry Clay (6-6).
Covington Catholic 43, Montgomery County 15: A trio of offensive stars powered the host Colonels past the Indians, setting up a rematch with the squad that gave Covington Catholic its toughest test of the year.
Casey McGinness ran for two touchdowns and caught another and Michael Mayer caught three passes for 101 yards and two scores as the Colonels remained undefeated (12-0). Caleb Jacob nearly had a flawless night under center, completing eight of nine passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns.
Justin Korossy led Montgomery County (9-3) with 143 yards and a touchdown rushing, averaging nearly 10 yards per carry.
Covington Catholic will face Highlands in the district finals next week. Back in October, CovCath beat Highlands 21-14, marking the only time this season an opponent has finished a game within one possession of the Colonels.
Highlands 14, Anderson County 10: The visiting Bluebirds trailed 10-7 at halftime before Ben Sisson returned a fumble 47 yards for the game-winning score. Grady Cramer threw for 110 yards and a touchdown for Highlands (10-2).
Charles Collins rushed for 199 yards and a TD for Anderson County, which saw its undefeated run come to an end (10-1).
Ashland Blazer 27, Harrison County 6: Braxton Ratliff ran for a touchdown and threw for two more as the visiting Tomcats rolled. Ratliff’s 60-yard scoring strike to Blake Hester put Ashland Blazer (11-1) up 14-0 after one quarter. Devon Lewis scored on a 1-yard plunge for Harrison County (7-5), which bounced back nicely this season after going winless last year.
Pikeville 55, Lynn Camp 8: Connor Roberts accounted for six touchdowns as the host Panthers won their sixth straight game. Roberts completed eight of 10 passes for 197 yards and five scores and added 58 yards and a TD on the ground. Pikeville (9-2) held Lynn Camp (11-2) to 100 yards of offense.