High School Football

Tates Creek routs Shelby County, 42-0

Jontez Jones broke through the Shelby County defense for a 13-yard touchdown run to give Tates Creek a 35-0 halftime lead. Jones also had an 80-yard TD romp.
Jontez Jones broke through the Shelby County defense for a 13-yard touchdown run to give Tates Creek a 35-0 halftime lead. Jones also had an 80-yard TD romp.

For Tates Creek, it was a sunny Saturday afternoon of football fun.

For Shelby County, it was a hot afternoon getting grilled on steamy artificial turf.

The opening game of the second day of the iHigh Football Frenzy was a mismatch as Tates Creek routed Shelby County 42-0 at Henry Clay.

Jontez Jones led the Commodores, rushing for 135 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries behind a dominant offensive line.

The lopsided score was not a surprise.

This is not the same Shelby County that was a pretty good Class 6A team last year.

The Rockets were disassembled by the opening of a new high school — Martha Layne Collins — in their county.

Shelby County lost most of its returning stars to Collins, including quarterback Branden Cresap, and both teams are now competing in 4A.

On top of that, Todd Shipley's Rockets are missing three two-way starters sidelined by injuries.

"Todd is one of the best football coaches in the state, but he's been put in a rough situation," Tates Creek Coach Mike Harmon said.

"If they hadn't split up his team, they'd be one of the top teams in the state. It's unfortunate what happened."

Even though his Commodores had Shelby County overmatched, Harmon was pleased with the way his guys stuck to business.

"We were able to handle success for a change," Harmon said, referring to the Commodores' win over Lafayette last week. "We didn't get arrogant. We kept our heads and just played."

He was especially pleased with his relatively new offensive line, which helped Tates Creek pile up almost 500 yards, including 370 on the ground.

That O-line — T.D. Jemison, Alex Bradley, Jacob Soard, Brian Barnott and Taylor Grimes — was given the game's MVP award.

After fumbling away its first possession of the day, Tates Creek scored on its next five to take a 35-0 halftime lead. Most of the second half was played with a running clock at the request of both coaches.

Jemison said the Commodores didn't lose their focus when the game turned into a rout. "We want to keep working hard, getting better, because if you start taking people lightly, you'll start taking everybody lightly," he said.

Jamal McFarland added 63 yards rushing and Tyler Bailey had a late 54-yard TD run.

Quarterback Dee Christopher threw for 109 yards and two TDs, both to Aubrey Lewis.

Tates Creek's defense, led by Jonathon Meadors, Kalin Poe and Jamal Wagner, limited the Rockets to 134 yards and forced five turnovers.

Shipley was impressed with the Commodores.

"They're a sleeper in Lexington, maybe the best team in Lexington," he said. "We weren't ready for them."

Shelby County 0 0 0 0—0

Tates Creek 20 15 0 7—42

TCJontez Jones 80 run (Reid VanBussum kick). TCJonathon Meadors 1 run (VanBussum kick). TCAubrey Lewis 34 pass from Dee Christopher (kick failed) TCLewis 3 pass from Christopher (Will Sweet pass from Christopher). TCJones 13 run (VanBussum kick). TCTyler Bailey 54 run (VanBussum kick).

RecordsShelby County 0-2; Tates Creek 2-0.