Scribe's Week Two High School Football Notebook
Things got back to normal a little bit with just a handful of games ending after midnight.
This week, several teams get into the district portion of their schedule in the first stages to determine seeding for the playoffs.
Looking back at last week, there were several team and individual highlights.
· Bracken County ended a 27-game losing streak as the Polar Bears beat Manchester, Ohio 20-6. Senior quarterback Justin Scott rushed for 123 yards and completed 6-of-8 passes for 91 yards. Bracken’s last win came in the 2004 season.
· While Bracken County ended one losing streak, Bourbon County couldn’t stop the state’s longest losing streak. The Colonels opened their season with a 30-26 loss to Estill County, extending to 34 their current losing streak. Bourbon will look to end the streak this week when they host West Jessamine, who has been outscored 117-0 in losses to Anderson County and Marion County.
· Mercer County has the state’s longest winning streak at 17 games after a 14-9 win over Greeneville, Tenn. John Linton’s one-handed touchdown grab with 36 seconds left proved to be the game winner. The Titans host Lincoln County this week.
· Trinity has the second longest streak after rallying to beat Bowling Green 39-28 Friday at Marshall Stadium. Tim Phillips rushed for two touchdowns, and Will Stein threw for 279 yards as the Shamrocks overcame a six-point third quarter deficit. BG quarterback Trent Steelman gave the Purples a 21-15 lead with an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half. He finished with 227 yards passing and rushing.
· Pike County Central quarterback Aaron McGuire completed 13-of-18 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns as the Hawks beat Leslie County 38-12.
· Mike Yeagle returned to Beechwood, where he won eight state titles in 14 seasons on the Tiger sidelines. This time, he was coaching Lloyd Memorial, who lost 20-0. Beechwood quarterback Cody Elliott threw for 82 yards and ran for 54 more as the Tigers improved to 2-0. Yeagle returned to the sidelines after missing last week’s game against Elizabethtown when he was hospitalized with dehydration.
· For the first time in a long time, Ludlow, Bellevue, and Dayton are all 2-0. Ludlow picked off seven Carroll County passes and returned two for touchdowns in their 48-24 win. Meanwhile, Dayton scored their second straight win over a Class 5A school, downing Scott 14-10. In Bellevue’s 40-20 thumping of Paris, sophomore running back Ricky Buckler rushed for 223 yards on 33 carries.
· Henry Clay drove 71 yards in 55 seconds, with Aaron Boyd catching a 28-yard touchdown pass in the closing seconds for a 47-43 win over Boyle County. Boyd caught seven passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns but may have been overshadowed by Henry Clay quarterback Ryan Phillipi, who completed 16-of-27 passes for 255 yards and ran 24 times for 222 yards for a total of five touchdowns on the night. Boyle County overcame a 40-14 deficit to take a 43-40 lead late behind the arm of quarterback Bryce Perry, who connected on 23-of-36 passes for 267 yards and three scores.
· Had Boyle County won, they would have gotten the comeback of the week. Instead, that honor goes to Fleming County who scored three touchdowns in the final 7:03 to shock Rowan County 21-18.
· Instead of opening the floodgates, Breathitt County opened the Fugates in their 12-7 win over Prestonsburg. Senior quarterback Colby Fugate was 19-of-25 passing for 192 yards, while sophomore running back Channing Fugate carried the football 11 times for 124 yards.
· McCreary County sophomore Aaron Watts put up monster numbers in his team's 58-54 loss to Williamsburg. Watts scored seven touchdowns and had 334 rushing yards, but Williamsburg was able to hold on for the win.
· Lone Oak quarterback Corey Robinson had a hand in every yard gained by the Purple Flash in their 56-3 win at Caldwell County Friday. The senior quarterback was 31-of-40 for 392 yards and eight touchdowns and ran for 95 yards. He was the only Purple Flash player to register a carry.
· Russell overcame an early 13-0 deficit to beat Boyd County 29-20. Tyler Jones rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Drew Abrams added 87 yards and two scores.
· Marshall County running back Alan Williams rushed for 330 yards and three touchdowns as the Marshals torched Hopkinsville 31-13 Friday. Williams scored on runs of 49, 35, and 81 yards as he set a new Wildcat Chevrolet Bowl record for rushing yards in a game.
· Heath running back Chad Wright made sure to keep the school’s rushing record in the family. The senior rushed for 292 yards and three scores in Heath’s 32-16 win over Carbondale, Ill. Wright broke the school’s rushing record held by his father, Greg.
· Bath County’s Brandon Clemens put on a show with four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 58-14 win over Lewis County. Clemens had scoring runs of 52 and 82 yards, scored on a 38-yard interception return, and threw in an 87-yard kickoff return for touchdown for good measure.
· Deuce Finch continues to impress for St. Xavier, who routed Oldham County 53-0. Finch rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Ben Zoeller added scoring runs of 21 and 43 yards.
· Spencer County’s Chris Riggs rushed for 302 yards and five touchdowns as the Bears beat Clinton County 33-27.
· Eastern quarterback Steven Ferguson completed 7-of-11 passes for 160 yards and added 99 yards rushing as the Eagles beat Butler 34-0. Four of the seven completions were for touchdowns.
· Metcalfe County’s David Coffey knocked down a pass at the goal line as time expired to help Metcalfe County beat Somerset for the first time ever 14-7. The Briarjumpers enter district play this week against Taylor County with an 0-2 record.
· Shawnee quarterback Orlando Wilson threw for 382 yards and five touchdowns to help the Golden Eagles trounce Bishop Brossart 48-0.
· Lynn Camp running back Joe Roskopf did everything but sell popcorn and drive the team bus home as the Wildcats beat Cumberland 28-26 in overtime in the last meeting between the schools. Roskopf rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns and added the two-point conversion on the final score that proved to be the game-winner. After Cumberland scored to pull to within 28-26, Roskopf intercepted the two-point attempt to secure the win. Because of the impending consolidation that includes Cumberland, the Redskins will win the overall series 14-10-1.
· Webster County quarterback Steven Turner only completed four passes against Muhlenberg North, but he made them count. All four completions went for touchdowns as the Trojans beat the Stars 42-20. Turner was 4-of-5 for 185 yards and threw scoring strikes of 52, 57, 42, and 34 yards.
· Despite being the two largest schools in Madison County, Central and Southern had only met one time in football – a 32-0 Madison Central win in 1989. In only the second-ever game between the schools, Madison Central beat Madison Southern 37-8 in the Roy Kidd Bowl at MSHS. Central’s defense, which held Danville to seven points last week, recorded six sacks and held the Eagles to minus-nine yards rushing.
· Boone County’s Cory Farris rushed for 311 yards and five touchdowns as the Rebels rallied past Mason County 42-20 with 35 points in the second half.
· Trigg County had two running backs top 150 yards rushing as Scotty Mayes (179 yards) and Brandon Bridges (160 yards) helped the Wildcats beat Calloway County 48-34. Calloway sophomore Tyrell Willis had 174 yards on 17 carries in the losing effort.
· Johnson Central running back Shawn Grimm rushed 17 times for 180 yards and four scores as Johnson Central beat Conner 50-12.
· Pikeville quarterback Tim Honaker ran for 240 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another as the Panthers beat Ashland 34-21. The loss was the second straight to a Class 1A school for the Blazers, who fall to 0-2 for the first time since 1996.
· The quarterbacks put on a show in Hazard’s 34-33 win over Clay County. Tyler Olinger rushed for three scores and threw for one, while Clay’s Zach Lewis threw for two and ran for two more.
· Fort Campbell had three plays of 80 yards or more but didn’t have enough of them in a 52-27 loss to Warren East. Tre Powell had a 94-yard kickoff return, Troy Turner an 81-yard screen, and Dexter Durrante an 80-yard kickoff return for the Falcons.
· Washington County snapped a 10-game losing streak to Larue County with the 12-7 win over the Hawks.
· Glasgow rushed for 381 yards and scored on seven of their first eight possessions in a 49-6 win over Crittenden County.
· Newport Central Catholic extended their winning streak to 10 games as the beat Covington Catholic 9-0 for their first win over the Colonels in over 20 years. The ‘Breds became the first Kentucky team in 61 games to shut out Covington Catholic. Dixie Heights was the last to do so in 2002.
Five games to keep an eye on this week::
· DuPont Manual at Ballard – Manual has looked impressive in wins over Christian County (44-14) and Central (20-13). After pulling the near upset in Week #1 against St. Xavier, Ballard knocked off PRP in overtime.
· Warren East at Bardstown – Expect plenty of points in this one as the Raiders take one of the state’s best passing attacks north to face the Tigers and their ground game.
· St. Xavier at Lexington Catholic – Plenty of hail maries to go around in this one as the Knights try to avenge last year’s 47-0 thumping suffered at the hands of the Tigers. The margin should be much closer this year.
· Newport Central Catholic at Ryle – Both teams advanced to the state finals in their respective class last year, with the ‘Breds bringing home the state title. Ryle won last year’s game 32-20, but NCC is coming off a shutout of Covington Catholic.
· Bath County at Prestonsburg – Bath County has been off the football radar for the past decade, but head coach Reed Fields has the Wildcats off to a 2-0 start. This week’s district game at Prestonsburg will serve as a “measuring-stick game” for Bath County, who could send the district into a tizzy with the upset win.
Kentucky vs. The World
Here are the records of Kentucky schools against the border states through the first two weeks of the season:
· Ohio 4-2 (.666)
· Illinois 2-1 (.666)
· Indiana 3-3 (.500)
· Tennessee 3-4 (.428)
· Virginia 0-2 (.000)
Biggest Upsets of Week #2
According to the pregame voting in the game threads, here are the biggest upsets of Week #2 as seen by BGP members.
· Lincoln County (21.4%) over Bardstown (78.5%)
· Greenwood (25%) over Allen County-Scottsville (75%)
· Fairview (27.5%) over East Carter (72.5%)
· Corbin (29.7%) over Paul Dunbar (70.2%)
The games with the most votes were:
· Covington Catholic vs. Newport Central Catholic (168)
· Highlands vs. Trotwood Madison, Ohio (154)
· Trinity vs. Bowling Green (126)
The games with the most pregame views were:
· Highlands/Trotwood Madison – 3,284
· Bowling Green/Trinity – 2,536
The game threads with the most comments were:
· Highlands/Trotwood Madison – 112
· Johnson Central/Conner – 67
· Pikeville/Ashland – 65