KSR's Kentucky Prep Report 2005, Week One

The 2005 KHSAA Football Season opened this weekend with a nearly full slate of bowl games and kickoff classics. The heat was intense and some games had their start times pushed back due to the heat index being over 105 degrees. Here's a look at the red-hot action from the first week of action.

In Class 4A games:

St. Xavier made the trip to Bowling Green to take on the Bowling Green Purples from Class 3A in the Rafferty's Bowl in a game that started late due to heat and severe weather. St. X pulled out a hard fought win, 13-7. Both defenses proved to be stingy, but turnovers sealed the fate of the Purples. X will travel to Lexington Catholic next Friday night.

The Trinity Shamrocks had an open date and will open next weekend at Tennessee powerhouse Montgomery Bell Academy.

The Bulldogs of Male High ran roughshod 62-6 over cross-town 2A rival Shawnee in the Old Rivalry Bowl at Manual Stadium. Nathan Overall scored two TDs, one on the opening kickoff and another from Marshall commit Brian Anderson. Shawnee's Deshawn Flanagan recovered a fumble in the end zone late in the 4th quarter to prevent a shutout. Male hosts Hopkinsville next weekend.

The Henderson County Colonels hosted border rival Newburgh Castle's Knights in the Hall of Fame Bowl and came away with a 35-21 victory. It was revenge for a loss last season that kept the Colonels from a perfect regular season record. Will Fidler had 75 yards rushing in 10 attempts and threw for two scores to Chris Lamar. Antionne Lightfoot led the Colonel rushing attack with 88 yards on six carries. Henderson goes across the border next week to take on Evansville North.

The Crimsons of Manual took out some frustration on the New Albany Bulldogs 56-14 in another border tussle at the Old Rivalry Bowl at Manual Stadium. Manual's Levon Carter put the Crimsons up 7-0 and the Bulldogs Peabo Pierson quickly evened things up with a 33 yard score. Manual then went to work defensively to put the clamps on New Albany's Pierson while Crimson QB Vance Woods guided a fierce running attack that gobbled up over 350 yards. The Crimsons host the Eastern Eagles next weekend.

In 3A games:

New Boyle County Coach Chris Pardue relied on a top notch second half defense to get his first win, 38-20 over 4A Louisville Eastern at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Saturday Night. Boyle led 24-20 at halftime and shut out the Eagles in the second half. Two late 4th quarter TD's by Grant Tamme sealed the win. The Rebels host Henry Clay next weekend.

Covington Catholic made short work of 4A Boone County 50-19. CovCath's Drew Ellison had a hand in five of the CovCath scores as the Colonels overpowered the Rebels who trailed 30-7 at the half. CovCath travels to Dixie Heights Friday Night.

Lexington Catholic participated in a battle of Lexington privates, winning 52-14 over Lexington Christian Academy. North Carolina State verbal Justin Burke went 12-20 and 158 yards with four scores. He also ran for a TD as well. Burke sat out the 4th quarter as Coach Bob Sphire showed a little compassion for 1A LCA who trailed 52-7 at half. LexCath gears up for a battle with Louisville St. X this weekend.

Harrison County found themselves on the short end of a 25-21 score to the Western Warriors at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The T-Breds appeared to have the game in hand when they lost a fumble with around 50 seconds left in the game. Western QB Charles Shepard hit Jimorris Johnson for a 50 yard pass down the sideline. After a controversial defensive pass interference call, Western scored the game winner in the final seconds. Harrison County has an open date next weekend as does Western.

In 2A games:

Fort Campbell's Falcons weren't very hospitable hosts, beating the Tighlman Tornadoes 27-8. Micah Johnson caught a 37 yard TD pass from backup QB CJ Croft. Starting QB Leonard Gordon suffered an injury and played only on the defensive side of the ball. The Falcons dominated defensively as Tighlman was held under 100 yards for the game. Fort Campbell hosts Fort Knox next weekend.

The Blackcats of Prestonsburg had an open date this weekend and will open next weekend at Hazard.

The Russell Red Devils were also on an open date this weekend and will host Greenup County next weekend.

Owensboro Catholic went across the Ohio River to take a 28-20 victory from South Spencer, IN. Aces QB David Woodward has the unenviable task of filling the shoes of Zach Bernard, who is now on the roster at Marshall. Woodward went 15-22 for 188 yards, two TD's and two interceptions. O-Cath will play cross-town rival Owensboro Senior High on Friday night.

In 1A games:

Newport Central Catholic opened with a 37-6 victory against Pikeville at the Pikeville County Bowl. The game was the second in the doubleheader and was delayed by severe weather for over an hour.

Beechwood had an open date and will open next weekend in Ohio at Newark Catholic.

The Danville Admirals opened with a 34-0 shutout of Rockcastle County Saturday night at the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic. Danville held the Rockets to less than 165 yards offense for the game while Danville's speed on offense proved to be too much for the Rockets to overcome. Danville travels to Somerset next weekend for a big game against Josh Minton and Pulaski Southwestern.

The Holy Cross Cougars took on the 3A Doss and blanked the Dragons 23-0 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The Holy Cross defense only allowed 80 yards of Doss offense for the entire game. Cougar LB had over 15 tackles, blocked two punts and scored two points on a safety. The Cougar running game amassed 210 yards on 42 carries. Next weekend Holy Cross hosts Christian Academy of Louisville.

This weeks KSR Super 16:

4A

1. St. Xavier Tigers
2. Male Bulldogs
3. Trinity Shamrocks
4. Henderson County Colonels

3A

1. Boyle County Rebels
2. Covington Catholic Colonels
3. Lexington Catholic Knights
4. Highlands Bluebirds

2A

1. Fort Campbell Falcons
2. Prestonsburg Blackcats
3. Russell Red Devils
4. Owensboro Catholic Aces

1A

1. Newport Central Catholic
2. Beechwood
3. Danville
4. Louisville Holy Cross

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