High School Football

High school football: Highlights from Friday night's top playoff games

Henry Clay's Austin Bledsoe,20, looked for running room as Lafayette played Henry Clay  on Friday  September 26, 2014  in Lexington, Ky .Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Henry Clay's Austin Bledsoe,20, looked for running room as Lafayette played Henry Clay on Friday September 26, 2014 in Lexington, Ky .Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

Tyler Addesa scored the go-ahead touchdown, the Meade County defense held near its end zone and the Green Wave overcame No. 9 Henry Clay 18-14 in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Addesa scored from 3 yards out to give Meade its first lead since the second half with 1:39 left in the game. The Blue Devils' Austin Bledsoe returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to the Meade 33-yard line.

CJ Tackett connected with Bry Berezowitz on a 19-yarder, then back-to-back Joquise Buford runs got the Blue Devils to within 1 yard of advancing to the next round with 55 seconds to play.

Buford went backward 4 yards on first-and-goal and never recovered. He rushed for 1- and 2-yard gains before being brought down behind the line of scrimmage on Henry Clay's final play.

Addesa finished with 55 yards while John Wilson had 76 yards, a TD and a two-point conversion for the Green Wave (9-2).

Buford carried 31 times for 209 yards and the lone offensive TD for the Blue Devils (7-3). Henry Clay's other score came on a 67-yard interception return by Dominick Buckler with 3:23 in the second half to put the Blue Devils up 14-11.

Kentucky commit Davonte Robinson had a game-high 11 tackles for the Blue Devils.

Meade will get a rematch with Scott County, 53-21 winners over Boone County, next week. The Green Wave fell to the Cardinals 21-14 in last season's Class 6A title game.

Class 6A

Lexington Catholic 48, Clay Co. 6: The Knights (8-3) took care of business in the opening round, outgaining the Tigers (1-10) 372-129 on offense.

Reese Ryan went 5-for-6 for 228 yards and three TDs, each to a different receiver.

J.J. Ogbogu led the receiving corps with 96 yards and a TD on three receptions.

Jaylen Jones rushed five times for 77 yards and two TDs for the Knights.

LexCath will meet Rockcastle County, a 28-7 winner over Marion County Friday night, next week.

No. 11 Central Hardin 47, Paul Dunbar 16: The Bruins (11-0) opened the game on a 27-0 run and quickly quelled any idea of an upset early.

Stephen Lindsey carried six times for 109 yards and two TDs for Central Hardin, including the Bruins' first score with 4:48 to go in the first quarter.

Xavier Arnett scored from 7 yards out to give the Bruins a 14-0 lead, then again from 2 yards out 15 seconds later after Central Hardin recovered a Dunbar fumble.

Koree Krupinski scored at the 8:19 mark of the second quarter to make it 27-0 Bruins before Dunbar's Trey Penney snapped the run with a 21-yard rushing TD and two-point conversion.

Penney had 56 yards and a TD, while Maurice Carter had 67 yards and a score for the Bulldogs (4-7).

No. 14 Bryan Station 56, Muhlenberg Co. 6: D'Andre Mack rushed for 98 yards — equaling the entire rushing output of the visiting Mustangs — and three first-quarter TDs to eliminate any chance of a Muhlenberg upset.

Dallas Burton went 8-for10 for 152 yards and three TDs, while Andre Davis went 7-for-9 for 131 yards and two scores. All five passing TDs went to different Defender receivers.

The Defenders (7-4) scored 43 points before yielding a score by the Mustangs (4-7).

Bryan Station will face off against Central Hardin next week.

No. 12 Simon Kenton 40, Madison Central 11: The Indians owned a 3-0 lead early after Landon White's 26-yard field goal, but couldn't hold off the ranked Pioneers.

Dillon Powell rushed for 185 yards and four TDs — two in each half — for Simon Kenton (10-1), which will play Lafayette next week.

John Williams caught Central's lone TD, a 16-yarder from Zach Hardin in the second quarter. Keenan Miller led the Indians (3-8) with 83 yards on three carries.

No. 7 Dixie Heights 46, Tates Creek 18: The Colonels, winners of their last 10 after dropping the season opener to Covington Catholic, never trailed the visiting Commodores (3-8). Tates Creek ends the season on a six-game losing streak.

Dixie Heights matches up with Ryle next Friday.

No. 1 Male 62, Marshall Co. 2: The Bulldogs (11-0) led 35-0 after the first quarter. They meet cross-city rival Trinity, 55-7 winners at Henderson County, next week.

Class 5A

Letcher Co. Central 49, Madison Southern 18: The Cougars, who entered on a six-game winning streak, jumped on the visiting Eagles early and led 28-3 at the break.

Damien Harris returned for Madison Southern after missing the previous four games with an injury. However, the No. 1 running back in the nation was mostly ineffective, rushing for 52 yards on only nine touches.

"Man, hard to believe it's all over. Couldn't have asked for a better 4 years or better teammates. I'm extremely grateful," Harris tweeted after the game.

No. 24 Anderson Co. 32, Scott 13: Brayden Russell caught four passes for 105 yards and two TDs and rushed for a TD as the Bearcats (8-3) never trailed on the way to winning their third straight.

Anderson will play South Oldham next week. The Dragons defeated East Jessamine 56-7 on Friday night.

Class 2A

Lexington Christian 45, Leslie Co. 27: LCA rallied from an early deficit to win going away against the visiting Eagles.

Kevin Whitaker connected with Josh Bray to get Leslie (8-3) on the board first. LCA's Nick Whitman then fumbled on the subsequent possession and Whitaker recovered the ball for a defensive score to put the Eagles up 14-0 midway through the first.

Whitman made up for his early miscue, rushing for LCA TDs on its next three possessions to give those Eagles a 20-14 lead.

Leslie briefly regained the edge on a Whitaker run, but Dima Ballard put LCA up 27-21 heading into the break.

Whitaker again pulled the Eagles back, tying the game on a 21-yard TD pass to Seth Melton.

Liam Hamilton's 29-yard field goal with 2:56 to go in the third gave LCA (6-5) its final lead, sparking an 18-0 run to end the game.

Whitman rushed for 176 yards and three TDs. Ballard had 83 yards and a score.

Whitaker went 26-for-46 for 234 yards and two TDs with an interception. He also rushed for 116 yards and a score.

LCA will meet Shelby Valley next week, which won 30-20 over Somerset.

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