High School Football

Johnson Central stops Defenders in fourth

Freshman J.J. Jude scored the first touchdown of the game and the last to help Johnson Central beat Bryan Station 35-31 and hand the Defenders their first loss of the season.

The Golden Eagles led 27-24 at halftime before 5-foot-7 running back Patrick Cornett scored his second touchdown of the game on a 36-yard run to give Station a 31-27 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Defenders' Roy Philon also scored two touchdowns on the ground.

Jude, who gave the Golden Eagles a 7-0 first-quarter lead with his 85-yard interception return for a touchdown, scored the biggest touchdown of the game with his 23-yard run in the fourth quarter. Chase Richardson added a two-point conversion and Johnson Central (3-0) held Bryan Station (2-1) scoreless in the final period to deny the Defenders what would have been their biggest road win in years.

St. Xavier 59, Lexington Catholic 7: Deuce Finch only had to run 11 times on his sore knee and the Tigers had no problems with visiting Lexington Catholic in a matchup of two pre-season top-10 teams.

Finch scored on a 19-yard run — his longest of the night — four minutes into the first quarter to give St. Xavier a 7-0 lead. Matt Brutscher followed with two touchdown runs before Finch added another and the Tigers, ranked No. 2 in the Herald-Leader pre-season ratings, jumped out to a 42-0 lead by halftime.

St. X had a 49-0 advantage when Nic Ward found Bryce Andrews on a 19-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to account for Lexington Catholic's only touchdown.

The Tigers outgained the No. 8 Knights 324-116 in total offense. The Knights committed six turnovers and had minus-10 rushing yards for the game.

Three of Catholic's first four drives ended with turnovers.

Finch, an early Mr. Football candidate, ran 11 times for 35 yards and two scores in limited action.

Highlands 70, Holmes 6: Clint Crawford ran for three touchdowns and the Bluebirds' defense held the host Bulldogs without an offensive touchdown.

Crawford had touchdown runs of 2, 7 and 47 yards and Highlands (2-1) opened up a 28-6 lead by halftime before outscoring Holmes 42-0 in the second half.

Senior quarterback Tony Guidugli ran for a 14-yard touchdown and had scoring passes of 47 and 55 yards.

The Bulldogs (2-1) scored their only six points on James Rice's 55-yard interception return in the second quarter.

Woodford County 49, Montgomery County 0: Stephen Duckworth threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers and the Yellowjackets outgained visiting Montgomery County 477-96 in total offense.

Duckworth completed touchdown passes to Stephen Teevler (35 yards), Bobby Neal (45 yards), Chris Jones (30 yards), Nick Nicholson (36 yards) and Clay Manges (36 yards).

Jordan Carter also had a 16-yard TD run and a 29-yard TD pass for the Yellowjackets.

Clay County 41, North Laurel 14: Senior quarterback Zach Lewis racked up 333 more yards and the host Tigers coasted past the Jaguars.

Lewis completed 18 of 25 passes for three touchdowns and ran eight times for 73 yards and another score.

Clay County's J.V. Hooker started the game with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Breathitt County 41, Boyd County 6: Juniors Channing Fugate and Jake Haddix had a hand in all six of Breathitt County's touchdowns in a home rout of the Lions.

Fugate ran 13 times for 175 yards and one touchdown. Haddix completed 14 of 20 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns while running 12 times for 81 yards and three scores.

Both teams are now 1-2 on the season.

Anderson County 58, Grant County 21: The Bearcats turned a fairly close game into a blowout with 21 unanswered points in the third quarter.

Leading 30-21 coming out of halftime, Anderson County's Dustin Combs had a quick 23-yard touchdown reception and followed with a 20-yard return off a blocked punt to give the host Bearcats a 44-21 advantage. B.J. Robinson closed out the third quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run.

Junior quarterback Jacob Russell led the Anderson offense by completing 14 of 18 passes for 247 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Rockcastle County 28, Madison Southern 6: Casey Hayes ran for three touchdowns and the visiting Rockets allowed only a kickoff return for a touchdown.

Hayes gave Rockcastle County (3-0) a 7-0 lead with a 7-yard run in the first quarter. After Dustin Bullock made it 14-0 in favor of the Rockets, Rico Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to cut the lead to 14-6.

Madison Southern (0-3) didn't score again.

Wayne County 49, Casey County 21: Junior quarterback Zack Stephenson passed for 108 yards and ran for 90 more to lead the host Cardinals (1-1) past Casey County (0-3).

Stephenson had seven carries with touchdown runs of 60, 1 and 27 yards. He also passed for touchdowns of 15, 35 and 10 yards.

Pikeville 68, Betsy Layne 0: Senior running back Daniel Harmon scored on half of his carries and the Panthers' defense held visiting Betsy Layne (1-2) to 19 total yards of offense on 37 plays.

Harmon had 12 carries for 144 yards and six touchdowns and Pikeville (1-2) only attempted three passes.

Harmon's scoring runs went for 5, 10, 13, 36, 9 and 36 yards.

The Panthers also recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown, returned an interception 23 yards for a score and recorded a safety.

Belfry 58, East Ridge 6: Ivan Lee carried four times for 76 yards and two touchdowns and Thomas Varney had three rushes for 60 yards and a score to lead the host Pirates.