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The Brady Bunch… Of Yards And Touchdowns

The gray skies of autumn spit rain most of Friday afternoon in northeastern Kentucky. The precipitation never surpassed a drizzle, and yet Raceland was washed away in a flood. It wasn't a natural disaster, but rather one made of man's own hand. Or in this case, legs.

Brady Hensley, as he has been so often this season, was the man of the hour for LCA. He opened the floodgates at Ram Stadium for another resumé building performance. 

His first carry of the game set the tone for his night, resulting in a 31 yard touchdown. 


His second touch, a 35 yard score.


Touchdowns number three, four, and five were the results of pure acceleration, as he outran a fast Rams defense that failed to lay a hand on him.


Each of his five scoring jaunts covered 30+ yards.

The second one put him past the 5,000 yard mark for his career. Raceland was victimized for 265 of those on just thirteen carries.

In five games against top ranked teams this season, Hensley has amassed 1,265 yards of offense and 18 touchdowns. 

Fortunately for the rest of the field, Mr. Football isn't handed out yet.


Bodner Helps Saddle The Broncos

He lit the fuse on Boyle County's season with an 80 yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. It was atypical of the understated Avery Bodner, who does his best work in the shadows. 

He closed the regular season in a more fitting fashion as Boyle thoroughly outworked and outplayed Frederick Douglass. 

Bodner did yeoman's work against the Broncos, toting the ball 31 times for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Fourteen of those rushes came on Boyle's final possession of the game, which nearly comprised the entire fourth quarter. 

The drive was death by a thousand paper cuts, with Bodner slicing and grinding his way to move the chains before finally barreling over the goal line to punctuate Boyle County's superiority in virtually every phase.


Noteworthy Performances From Week 11

- One of the week's headlining games was the 'Old Rivalry', which Male won to retain possession of the barrel. Kolter Smith and Max Gainey did their damage in the first half to provide the Bulldogs with a 27-7 lead at intermission. Smith completed 10 of 14 passes for just 102 yards, but tossed three touchdown passes. Gainey caught five balls for 82 yards and hauled in this beautifully thrown and perfectly placed ball from Smith.


- The regular season concluded on a high note for Cole Hodge, who secured a career high 401 passing yards against Fern Creek. He was razor sharp, only misfiring on five of 34 pass attempts with four touchdown passes. 

- Daniel Thomas' pursuit of 3k got a boost from 281 yards against Harlan County. His fourth and final touchdown of the game earned him Bell County's single season school record for rushing scores with 40. He's currently tied with Central's Ace Wales for 9th in that category in KHSAA history. Thomas could climb as high as third or possibly second this week with just an average outing, by his own lofty standard.

- Covington Catholic sealed its fourth unbeaten regular season in the last seven years with a win over Campbell County. Evan Pitzer played a squeaky clean game, completing 15 of 19 throws for 229 yards and four touchdowns. Great quarterback play has been synonymous with Eddie Eviston's best squads in Park Hills. Pitzer is adding his name to that company with a superb senior year.

- His numbers were far from gaudy. In fact, they're below average: 144 passing yards and one touchdown. But the story here is Lexington Catholic's takedown of Scott County. It's a red feather in the cap of Jackson Wasik, who was 0-4 in the highest profile games on the Knights' schedule so far this season. He steps into the playoffs with confidence at an all-time high and designs on an eventful November. 


Players Featured This Week

Brady Hensley (RB, Lexington Christian Academy)

Season to date: 190 carries for 1,940 yards and 36 touchdowns | 197 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns

Highlights: vs. Raceland


Avery Bodner (RB/DB, Boyle County)

Season to date: 103 carries for 852 yards and 15 touchdowns | 306 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns | 58 tackles | 9.5 TFL | 4 sacks | 1 interception | 2 fumbles forced and 2 recovered, including a scoop and score 

Highlights: Regular Season


Kolter Smith (QB, Male)

Season to date: 104/151 for 1,828 yards and 26 touchdowns with 4 interceptions 


Max Gainey (WR, Male)

Season to date: 38 receptions for 708 yards and 14 touchdowns | 2 rushing touchdowns | 3 kick return touchdowns


Cole Hodge (QB, Christian Academy of Louisville)

Season to date: 204/287 for 2,730 yards and 37 touchdowns with 7 interceptions | 408 rushing yards and 3 touchdown

Highlights: Regular Season


Daniel Thomas (RB/LB, Bell County)

Season to date: 237 carries for 2,574 yards and 40 touchdowns | 61 tackles | 1 sack | 1 scoop and score 


Evan Pitzer (QB, Covington Catholic)

Season to date: 125/171 for 2,062 yards and 24 touchdowns with 4 interceptions | 444 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns


Jackson Wasik (QB, Lexington Catholic)

Season to date: 139/213 for 1,991 yards and 21 touchdowns with 2 interceptions | 248 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns

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14 minutes ago, BLUEHOUND said:

Brody Benke is still at the top. 

Benke just passed Beau Hoge on the Highlands total TD list and is now sitting at #3 all time. He needs 14 more I believe to pass Lorenzen. Don't think he can catch Towles for #1. Towles had 57 total TDs his senior year. Benke sits at 43 TDs this season and 83 for his career. Not sure where he falls in Mr. Football conversation but has put together a nice career. If the Birds make a deep run I think he will make Mr. Frakes list. Maybe 🙂 

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I’m going Avery Bodner. Has the best body of work career wise of everyone listed. Been making plays since he was a freshman in state championships and he’s working on going 4/4 this year. 

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