High School Football

Friday night highlights: Boyle County stays perfect and more

No. 6 Boyle Co. 14, Lafayette 7: The remaining Lexington teams on Boyle County’s schedule better take notice. The Rebels are back and they’re 2-0 against city schools.

No. 6 Boyle County improved to 4-0 Friday night with a 14-7 home victory over Lafayette.

Phillip Mason scored on touchdown runs in the first and fourth quarters and the Generals ran out of time to make up the difference.

Lafayette’s Eric Shaw Jr. scored on a 1-yard run with 2:17 left in the fourth quarter, but the Generals couldn’t recover the ensuing onside kick.

The Lafayette defense held and got the ball back for one more chance with 1:07 remaining. Generals quarterback Matt Britt was sacked once and threw two incomplete passes to set up a fourth-and-20. Britt then completed a pass to Darnell

Burnside, but the play came up three yards short and Boyle County took over on downs.

Both offenses had their troubles throughout the game. Boyle County had 14 first downs and 243 yards (just 17 passing) and Lafayette (2-2)had eight first downs and 136 yards (just 24 rushing).

Britt led the Generals with 9-for-13 passing for 76 yards.

Rees MacShara led the Rebels with 126 yards on 20 rush attempts.

The Rebels, who defeated No. 25 Henry Clay 31-7 two weeks ago, play at No. 7 Lexington Catholic next week and will close the season with a home game against Paul Dunbar on Nov. 7.

Corbin 31, South Laurel 21: It didn't take long for Friday night's matchup of Corbin and South Laurel to turn from defensive standoff to an offensive shootout, which the host Redhounds won 31-21.

Corbin's Michael Campbell scored the only points of the first half with his 23-yard field goal in the second quarter.

The scoring drought turned around real quick when Corbin's Ryan Fritts ran for a 53-yard touchdown early in a second half that would see the teams combine for seven trips to the end zone.

Corbin (4-0) and South Laurel (2-2) traded touchdown for touchdown until Fritts scored his final touchdown of the night on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter to give the Redhounds a 31-21 lead.

Fritts finished with 92 yards and three second-half touchdowns on 19 carries and fellow junior Caleb Watkins chipped in with 16 attempts for 88 yards and a score.

South Laurel senior quarterback Ricky Bowling, who came into the game leading the state in passing yards per game, completed 20 of 26 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown. Bowling came into the contest with 780 yards and nine touchdowns in games this season.

No. 7 Lexington Catholic 52, Pikeville 27: The overmatched Panthers hung with the state's seventh-ranked team for a half, but the visitors couldn't pull off what would have been a huge upset in Lexington.

Pikeville (1-3) held first-half leads of 7-0, 13-7 and 20-14 before the Knights (2-2) scored 31 consecutive points to fend off the short-lived upset attempt.

After Daniel Harmon scored on a 3-yard run midway through the second quarter to give the Panthers a 20-14 advantage, Lexington Catholic's Billy Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and the Knights never trailed again.

Greg Raglin scored touchdowns to close the second quarter and open the third quarter and Pikeville didn't score again until Harmon's 65-yard run with two minutes left in the game.

Harmon led the Panthers with 180 rushing yards on 32 attempts. Pikeville went to the air just 15 times and completed six passes.

Raglin paced the Knights offense with eight carries for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Catholic quarterback Nic Ward completed 12 of 15 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns. John Sam Steele came in for mop-up duty and completed three of four passes for 33 yards and a fourth-quarter TD.

Breathitt County 7, Estill County 6: Senior cornerback Ryan Allen returned a fumble 85 yards in the third quarter and the touchdown held up to give the host Bobcats (2-2) a slim victory over the Engineers (3-1).

Junior running back Channing Fugate led the Breathitt County offense with 89 yards on 17 carries.

Justin Covey put the Engineers on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter but a rushing attempt for a two-point conversion was unsuccessful.

No. 23 Mercer County 35, Southwestern 21: Nick Reed scored two touchdowns and Jordan Yeast ran for 167 yards to give the host Titans (3-1) a win over Southwestern (2-2).

Reed put Mercer County on the board in the first quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run — the only points of the first half — and Yeast scored on a 78-yard run in the third quarter.

Senior quarterback T.T. Wooldridge led the Southwestern offense by completing nine of 17 pass attempts for 192 yards and a touchdown.

No. 16 Madison Central 46, Tates Creek 25: The visiting Indians broke open a tie game with 33 points in the third quarter to top Tates Creek (1-3) and start their season with a 4-0 record.

Senior running back Isaiah Kavanaugh broke the 13-all tie with a 55-yard touchdown catch on a pass from Zac Coldiron less than 90 seconds into the third quarter.

After a Tates Creek interception, Keshawn Simpson scored on a 12-yard run and followed three minutes later with a 15-yard run to give the Indians a 33-13 lead.

Another 93 seconds after that play, Tyler Mays scooped up a fumble and took it 41 yards for a touchdown and a 39-13 advantage.

Tates Creek finally countered with a 72-yard touchdown run from Rozell James, but Kavanaugh followed that with a 57-yard scoring run for his second touchdown of the quarter.

Kavanaugh led the Indians rushing attack with 155 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. He also caught three passes for 63 yards and a score. Simpson added 84 yards on 11 carries and the team finished with 268 total rushing yards.

James gained 124 yards on 11 attempts for the Commodores. Tates Creek quarterback Chris Kemplin was 20-for-31 passing for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

Ashland Blazer 36, Russell 10: Josh Alber ran for three touchdowns and Rashard Carter rushed for 137 yards to lead the host Tomcats (2-2) past Russell (3-1).

The Red Devils trailed just 13-10 in the third quarter before Alber's second 1-yard touchdown run of the evening started a 23-0 run for Ashland Blazer.

Senior running back Drew Abrams led Russell with 10 carries for 109 yards and its only touchdown.

Hazard 47, Harlan 7: The host Bulldogs (3-1) scored 34 points in the first half and Harlan (0-3) never had a chance to come back in the second.

Greg Adams had four touchdowns (two rushing and two receiving) and Austin Blanton scored on touchdown runs of 25 and 49 yards for Hazard.

Taylor County 51, Casey County 23: Senior running back Chris Thomas gained 230 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries and the visiting Cardinals (3-1) scored an easy victory over the Rebels (0-4).

Simon Kenton 56, Cooper 14: Simon Kenton's Miles Simpson started the scoring off with a 70-yard touchdown and didn't stop running over the visiting Jaguars (0-4).

Simpson added four more touchdown runs and finished with 167 yards on just seven carries to lead the Pioneers (2-2).

No. 14 Newport Central Catholic 42, Bellevue 6: Mark Kelly had three touchdown runs and Rob Kues threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help the visiting Thoroughbreds (3-1) to an easy win over Bellevue (3-1).

Kelly ran 10 times for 131 yards and touchdowns of 1, 10 and 80 yards. The first two scoring runs helped send NewCath to a 21-0 lead before the end of the first half. Kues ran for a 1-yard TD for the first score of the game and threw 45-yard touchdown pass to Nate Rawe in the second half.

La Salle (Ohio) 15, No. 25 Henry Clay 14: The Blue Devils connected on an 80-yard touchdown pass in the final minutes of the fourth quarter but could not convert a two-point attempt in a loss at Cincinnati.

Trailing 7-0 entering the fourth quarter, Henry Clay quarterback Cole Mielcarek scored on a 1-yard run and then found Jacob Noger for a two-point conversion to give the Devils an 8-7 advantage.

After La Salle answered with a touchdown and two-pointer, Mielcarek struck again with an 80-yarder to Shannan Coofer with 3:44 left. But instead of going for the tie, Henry Clay tried another two-pointer and failed to convert.

La Salle ran six plays before the Devils defense forced them to punt with 31 seconds left. But Henry Clay fumbled the punt and La Salle recovered to run out the clock.

Mielcarek led the Devils offense by completing 27 of 46 passes for 304 yards. Branden Johnson (eight catches for 70 yards), Jason Rider (seven catches for 81 yards) and Coofer (five catches for 87 yards) led the receiving corps.

Clark County 33, Danville 30 (OT): Senior running back Ryan Williams was held below his state-best yardage average but still managed 181 yards and four touchdowns on 27 attempts to lift the host Cardinals (4-0) over Danville.

Williams came into the game averaging 243 yards per game and now has 910 yards and 12 touchdowns through four games this season. Sophomore cornerback Darius Skinner led the Admirals (2-2) with three interceptions.

Flyers quarterback Sean Thompson scored on a 10-yard run on the second play of overtime and Frankfort fumbled when they got the ball to give Franklin County a home victory in the intracounty rivalry.

Thompson had a hand in all four of the Flyers touchdowns. Thompson scored on a 10-yard run in the first half and followed that with a 20-yard touchdown strike to Deron Hicks to pull the Flyers (2-2) to within one, 14-13, after Frankfort (3-1) built an early 14-0 lead.

The two teams then traded touchdowns — with Frankfort missing the extra-point conversion this time — and finished the fourth quarter deadlocked at 20.

After Thompson scored to give Franklin County its first lead of the game, the Flyers defense recovered a fumble on the Panthers’ possession and clinched the victory.

Eagles junior running back Rico Brown ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns but Southern (0-4) couldn’t stop Harrison County (2-2) for its first win of the season.

Thorobreds senior quarterback Van Isaac was 26-for-44 passing for 236 yards and a touchdown and senior running back Steven Neal scored two rushing TDs and caught 12 passes for 80 yards.

Paris 39, Nicholas County 25: Junior linebacker Cody Dumphord amassed 14 tackles and returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown to start a first half that saw the host Greyhounds score 32 points.

Senior halfback Tion Thomas ran 18 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns for Paris (1-3). Nicholas County (1-2) was outscored by the Greyhounds 18-0 in the first quarter and 32-19 in the first half.