Make it 42 wins in a row against state competition for Highlands.
The three-time defending Class 5A state champs totaled 433 yards of offense and rolled past visiting Manual 45-14 in the high school football season opener Friday night.
Highlands (1-0) scored two touchdowns in a span of 27 seconds in the second quarter to blow open the game. Patrick Towles hit Daniel Gold with a 20-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0. After Austin Abner intercepted a Manual pass, it took Highlands two plays to score again, this time on a 1-yard Corey Compton run.
East Jessamine 45, Spencer County 20: Quarterback David Powers accounted for four touchdowns for host East Jessamine (1-0), including a 46-yard pass and a 76-yard run in the first quarter. Cameron Thomas added two TD runs, including a 31-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Madison Central 27, North Laurel 13: After a scoreless first half, host Madison Central scored three touchdowns to take a 20-0 lead and hand Bert Browne a win in his coaching debut. Darian Cox had two short touchdown runs, and Jamez Chenault had a 70-yard TD run.
Monroe County 35, Wayne County 7: Host Monroe County (1-0) set school records with its first two touchdowns against Wayne County (0-1). Chad Wilson had a 97-yard punt return, and Jackson Arnett's 95-yard pass to Tanner Kendall followed.
Newport Catholic 35, Dixie Heights 28: Newport Catholic (1-0) scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to erase a 28-13 deficit and win the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown game at Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium. Quarterback Brady Hightchew's 10-yard scramble provided the winning score.
Highly touted quarterback Zeke Pike had one touchdown throwing and running for Dixie Heights (0-1).
Fairview 16, West Carter 13 (OT): C.J. Leadingham's 27-yard field goal in overtime won it for visiting Fairview (1-0) after it blew a 13-0 halftime lead. Fairview's Chris Brewer rushed 20 times for 149 yards and a score, and he also had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown.
West Carter (0-1) tied it 13-13 in the fourth quarter on Harrison Bond's 97-yard TD run, but the extra-point attempt was blocked, sending the game to overtime. Bond rushed for 138 yards on 13 carries.