Inside Wilderness Trace Football (10-13-13)
A weekly notebook focusing on Boyle County, Danville and Mercer County, with additional info on other nearby teams:
Danville 35, Somerset 23
Danville (4-3, 1-0 District 2A-7) ended four years of futility against Somerset (3-4, 0-1) and earned by far its biggest win to date under first-year coach Clevenger.
The visiting Admirals took advantage of five Somerset turnovers to defeat the Briar Jumpers for the first time since 2006 and end a string of six straight losses over the previous four seasons.
Running back-defensive back Jawan Grey led Danville once again, rusing for 105 yards and one touchdown, catching a touchdown pass, intercepting two Somerset passes and making three tackles that prevented Somerset scores.
Nolan Spann also had an interception early in the second half that led to the Danville touchdown that broke a 14-all tie. The Admirals’ defense held the Jumpers, who had passed for an average of 190 yards in their first six games, to 50 passing yards.
Danville leads the 105-year-old series 44-19-2.
Mercer County 41, Marion County 14
Chris Crawley-Goodman shined in his second start at quarterback, throwing four touchdown passes to lead Mercer (4-3, 1-1 4A-5) over Marion (3-4, 1-1).
Crawley-Goodman went 9 for 14 for 231 yards for the host Titans, who had lost three straight games since their last win Sept. 6 against West Jessamine.
He threw touchdown passes on two of Mercer’s first four plays, connecting with Layne Peavler for 50- and 71-yard scores. Russell Sims also caught TD passes of 11 and 16 yards.
Marion pulled within 21-14 early in the fourth quarter before Peavler returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown and Crawley-Goodman blocked a punt and returned it 9 yards for a TD to give Mercer a three-touchdown lead.
North Laurel 48, Lincoln County 21
Lincoln (4-4, 1-2 5A-7) gave up 507 rushing yards in a road loss to North Laurel (6-1, 2-1).
The Jaguars, averaged 9.9 yards on their 51 rushing attempts, scored four rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to take break open what had been a seven-point game at halftime.
Dalton Godbey threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another TD for Lincoln. Trevor Gaines had seven receptions for 183 yards for the Patriots.
Bourbon County 42, Garrard County 0
Mistake-prone Garrard (3-4, 2-1 AAA-5) lost badly at Bourbon (7-0, 3-0) in a battle for first place that was marked by 13 fumbles.
The Golden Lions had six of those fumbles and lost three of them, while the Colonels lost only one of their seven.
Garrard managed only 130 yards, and its offense was dealt a blow when quarterback Slade Crutchfield suffered an injury to his left, non-throwing shoulder in the second quarter.
Wayne County 41, Casey County 14
Wayne (8-0, 3-0 3A-4) scored three touchdowns in each of the first two periods en route to a win at Casey (1-6, 1-2).
Wyatt Bishop rushed for 60 yards and Luke Patterson completed four of five passes for 44 yards for the Rebels.
(All games Friday)
Middlesboro (6-1, 1-0 District 2A-7) at Danville (4-3, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Danville’s milestone win over Somerset earned the Admirals another big game this week, this time against resurgent Middlesboro for sole possession of first place in their district.
The Yellow Jackets won only four games in each of their first two years in this district, but they played both Danville and Somerset close last season (the Admirals beat them 28-19), and they returned the vast majority of their roster this year.
Middlesboro won its first four games before surrendering 77 points to offensive juggernaut Pikeville. The Jackets have bounced back from that loss with decisive wins over Union (Va.) and Lexington Christian.
They are averaging 38 points per game behind a relatively balanced offense — 40 percent of their yardage has come from passing — and their defense has allowed only 11.3 points per game to the six opponents not named Pikeville.
Marion County (3-4, 1-1 4A-5) at Boyle County (7-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Boyle returns from its big win over Lexington Catholic and an open date to face Marion, a team it has dominated in district play for more than a decade.
The Knights are reeling from a loss to Mercer County last week, but victories over Lloyd Memorial, Woodford County and Taylor County earlier this season give them as mas they have had in either of the last two years.
They have not fared well against the Rebels, losing eight district games since 2001 by a combined score of 421-34. Only one of those games was even close, and four of them were shutouts, including Boyle’s 63-0 win last year.
Mercer County (4-3, 1-1 4A-5) at Taylor County (3-4, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.
Mercer will try to start another winning streak against Taylor, which has fallen on hard times in district play.
The Cardinals, a wishbone-based team that won three straight games before starting their district schedule, have lost to Boyle County, Marion County and Lexington Catholic by a combined score of 137-36.
The Titans defeated Taylor 72-31 last year.
Southwestern (1-7, 1-2) at Lincoln County (4-4, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln and Southwestern will be fighting for their playoff lives for the second straight year.
The Patriots effectively knocked the Warriors out of playoff contention with their 24-14 win last year, which ended a four-game losing streak in the series.
Southwestern lost its first seven games this year — all of them to quality opponents — before routing South Laurel last week.
Western Hills (1-6, 0-3 3A-5) at Garrard County (3-4, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Garrard will try to bounce back from its loss to Bourbon County against struggling Western Hills.
The Golden Lions could be without quarterback Slade Crutchfield, who was injured against Bourbon, but they could still get well against the Wolverines, who are allowing 38.3 points per game.
Garrard scored 56 and 48 points in wins over Western Hills in the last two years.
Casey County (1-6) at Metcalfe County (3-4), 8 p.m.
Casey will try to end a two-game losing streak in a non-district game against Metcalfe.
The Rebels beat the Hornets 14-6 last year.
RATING THE TRACE
1. Boyle County
3. Mercer County
4. Lincoln County
5. Garrard County
6. Casey County