Boyle scored on offense, defense and special teams in their 52-7 route of Anderson County. QB Reed Lanter was efficient yet again completing 12/16 passes for 169 and 2 scores. Both of those TD passes were to none other than Reese Smith who had 3 receptions on the night for 91 and added a 22 yard run for a score as well. Defensively Will McDaniel scored on a 76 yard pick 6 and Gray Rahbany scored on a kickoff return. Bourbon County will travel to Boyle looking to play spoiler and make a mess of things at the top of the district. Let’s be realistic though and it should be Boyle winning big Friday night.
2. Frederick Douglass (5A, 8-0, RPI .666)
Douglass D came through yet again and pitched another shutout in the 50-0 win over Great Crossing. Individually the stats were too spread out to have anyone specifically stand out but as a team Douglass complied 426 yards offensively and gave up just 89 yards defensively. This Friday Douglass travels to Montgomery County to wrap up and finalize their 1 seed and regular season district title.
3. Scott County (5A, 8-1, RPI .657)
The Cardinals faced little resistance from Montgomery County rolling to a 55-0 victory. QB Cade McKee had 2 TD passes while Bronson Brown and Jaxon Saylor added 2 scores each on the ground. Defensively Scott County was led by Rylan Reeds 10 tackles. This week Scott County will host 6A Ballard (4-4) out of Louisville. Ballard is typically a tough out regardless of their 4-4 record and will serve as a good playoff tune up.
4. Franklin County (4A, 8-0, RPI .713)
The Flyers did what they had to do to come out victorious, 37-20, against a solid Waggener squad. QB Nick Broyles was his usual self with 226 passing yards and 2 scores to go along with 125 yards on the ground. WR Fred Farrier was the leading receiver with 93 yards and a score on 6 receptions. Defensively Brady Holleran earned the shout out with 14 tackles and 4 sacks! This Friday Franklin will travel to Louisville Central to play in what will decide the regular season district winner and the playoff 1 seed.
5. Lexington Christian (2A, 7-1, RPI .783)
LCA won in a thriller vs Somerset 35-34. Both teams traded blows back and forth before LCA scored late and got the 2 point conversion to take the 1 point lead. The D was able to stop Somersets final drive and all but set LCA up with a 1 seed for the playoffs. QB Jayden Barnhardt finished with 182 yards combined passing and rushing and threw for 2 scores. RB Xavier Brown led the ground game running for 130 yards and a score. LCA will host Danville in the final district matchup of the season. LCA cannot afford to overlook the ADS as they have improved as the season has progressed.
6. Mercer County (3A, 7-1, RPI .684)
The Titans took care of business last Friday in their 50-7 win over Henry County. With a running clock for much of the game Mercer was able to get a multitude of players in the game. The Titans complied 317 yards and 7 TDs offensively while giving up just 118 yards
And forcing 5 turnovers on the defensive side of the ball. This Friday night will be Mercer’s biggest game in several seasons as DeSales will come to Harrodsburg to play for the 1 seed and the district title.
7. Lexington Catholic (4A, 5-3, RPI .688)
Lex Cath was able to bounce back from the Boyle loss with a 48-15 win over Bourbon County. Beau Allen returned to his usual form with 341 passing yards and 5 TDs while adding another 77 rushing yards and a score. Leading receiver was Blake Busson with 135 yards and 3 scores on 6 catches. Defensively Pearce Hall led the knights with 9 tackles. Lex Cath will look to secure a first round home game when they play host to Anderson County this Friday night.
8. East Jessamine (5A, 6-2, RPI .571)
The Jaguars were able to rest their legs as they had a Bye last week. This week Woodford County comes to town. East will be looking to finish district play undefeated!
9. Taylor County (3A, 6-2, RPI .578)
Taylor County lost in a tight game 31-28 vs Glasgow. RB Wes Oliver led the Cardinals with 143 yards and 2 TDs. The loss puts Taylor County in the 2 seed for the playoffs but they will still host at least 1 playoff game. This week Taylor will look to bounce back as they travel to Adair County.
10. Tates Creek (6A, 4-4, RPI .515)
Creek knocked off Lafayette 34-20 in a city and district matchup. QB Luke Duby had 311 passing yards and 2 scores but did give it away 2 times as well. Isaiah McFarland led the Creek defense with 8 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the night. Creek will play host to winless Henry Clay Friday night. Regardless of HC’s record they will be looking to give Creek all they can handle and then some.
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11. Campbellsville (A, 6-2, RPI .604)
The Eagles got in a shootout with Bethlehem but came out victorious in the end 48-42. QB Arren Hash showed off his arm passing for 314 yards and 5 TDs while throwing zero INTs. Malachi Corley made his impact in just one half after leaving with an injury. He had 195 yards of offense and 2 scored on just 9 touches. This Friday Campbellsville travels to Holy Cross of Louisville (6-2) to wrap up district play.
12. Anderson County (4A, 4-4, RPI .578)
Anderson had no answer for Boyle in their 52-7 defeat. To be fair nobody else Boyle has played hasn’t had much of an answer either. The lone bright spot in the game was a 70 yard TD run early in the game by RB Zach Labhart. This Friday Anderson will be looking to create a 3 way tie for 2nd place by beating Lexington Catholic on the road.
13. Madison Southern (5A, 5-4, RPI .490)
While they gave up more points than expected against West Jessamine, Southern came out victorious 63-40. RB Adrian Jones led the way with 217 yards and 3 scores on 16 carries. This week Madison Southern will have their Bye.
14. George Rogers Clark (6A, 4-4, RPI .444)
GRC was able to come away with a 42-34 win vs Madison Central. QB Jordan Manley had 234 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air. His favorite target was Dawson Gay who caught 5 of those passes for 113 yards and 3 TDs. RB Azariah Israel had himself another nice evening with 180 yards and a couple TDs on 26 carries. This week GRC will travel to take on a very solid 5A Oldham County team.
15. Lincoln County (4A, 3-5, RPI .485)
The Patriots put together the perfect game plan to best Corbin but fell just short 26-21. Signal Caller Nick Harris threw for 155 yards and 2 scores and ran for another 91 yards and a score. Leading receiver was Clayton Davis with 134 yards and 2 scores on 8 receptions.
16. Woodford County (5A, 5-3, RPI .503)
17. Danville (2A, 3-5, RPI .563)
18. Dunbar (6A, 4-4, RPI .434)
19. LaRue County (3A, 4-4, RPI .521)
20. Washington County (2A, 4-4, RPI .583)
Teams on the rise
1. Clinton County- the Bulldogs have reeled off 4 straight wins to take their record to 5-2.
2. Frederick Douglass- not that Douglass was ever down this year but that defense has been relentless. Not sure I can remember a team ever that has had this many consecutive shutouts.
Teams on the decline
Frankfort and Paris- 2 small school programs with a lot of history and football tradition are just a combined 4-12 on the season. Small school football is more fun when these schools are relevant.
Washington County had no answer for Sophomore RB Caleb Burns as he ran for 280 yards.
This week’s Game of the Week
Mercer County vs DeSales
On paper this one has the makings of a close close game. Then add the buzz going around in Harrodsburg that the football team has a chance to do something special this year just adds to the importance of this game.