Week five was a slow week in 4A as many teams were on open dates to prepare for district play. Major…
In 4A games.
4A top ranked Male's games this season have followed the same pattern. All three games have seen the Bulldogs score over 40 points by halftime and coast in the second half. This week the Seneca Red Hawks were the victim. Male (3-0) put up 49 points in the first two quarters on the back of Joshua Williams who scored a TD on each side of the ball. Seneca played even with the Male JV in the second half for a 56-14 final score. Male will tee it up with Ballard Friday night.
Fern Creek felt pretty good after some late game heroics by its offense to steal a win from Meade County the prior week. St. X ruined those good feelings with a 58-13 thrashing of the visiting Tigers. Victor Anderson went for 150 yards on 14 carries and three scores. The St X defense held Fern Creek's offense scoreless as the Fern Creek (1-1) points came on defense and special team scores. St. X (3-0) will go to Cincinnati for a date with Highlands at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday.
Bell County looked as if it had lured Henry Clay into a sure loss. Holding a 14-0 lead, The Devils Chase Minnifield scored the next 28 points himself to give the Devils a 28-14 win. Henry Clay's (3-0) Minnifield had 140 yards on 14 carries 4 TDs and a pair of 2-point conversions. Next week is no easier for the Devils as they host Christian County.
Pleasure Ridge Park was keyed by special teams and defense to take a 29-14 decision over a winless Paul Dunbar. The Bulldogs put the ball on the ground on the kickoff and the Ridge took it to the house on the next play with a 20 yard scamper by Mike Bibbs to put the game out of reach. The Panthers (3-0) will go to Radcliff for a tussle with the Trojans of North Hardin Friday night.
In 3A games.
Highlands first real test of the season produced a 21-18 loss to Cincinnati Elder. Late turnovers proved to be the Bluebirds (2-1) demise as Jordan Kramer fumbled a punt on the Bluebird 5-yard line that produced and Elder TD two plays later. On a later drive in the 4th quarter, Elder's Ross Metz intercepted Chase Cecil's pass on 4th down to end the Bluebird threat. Highlands has no rest as the Birds will play the St X Tigers on Saturday.
Bowling Green returned two-thirds of its starting backfield against Warren Central. Trent Steelman and Avery Hibbett were on the field. Steelman, who is recovering from a broken collarbone and Hibbett both, looked a bit rusty. The Purples still managed to pull away late 36-13. Central made it interesting taking a 7-0 lead early. Bowling Green answered with a Steelman pass to D.L. Moore to lead the game at 8-7 on a two point conversion. Even though sluggish, the Purples managed to pull away. Bowling Green (2-1) will host Greenwood on Friday night.
Harrison County can't stand prosperity. Leading Rockcastle County 19-6, the Rock reeled off the next 27 points to put the game out of reach enroute to a 47-25 final. Rockcastle benefited from three scores by Shawn Childress on receptions of 17, 32 and 26 yards from Rockcastle QB Izak McQueary. Rockcastle (3-0) will travel to Stanford for a date with Larry French's Lincoln County squad Friday night.
Covington Catholic had a very sluggish first half, taking a late 14-7 lead at half over winless Dixie Heights. Brandon Brown had 90 yards on 13 carries for the Colonels and three TDs in the 28-7 win. CovCath will step down to 1A power Newport Central Catholic on Saturday afternoon.
In 2A games.
For the second week in a row, the Ashland Tomcats have taken a highly ranked 2A team to overtime and both times the Tomcats came away with the victory. Previously undefeated Russell was outgained 270 to 176 on the ground on the legs of junior running back Matt Thomas who tallied 199 yards rushing. Russell (1-1) will host Boyd County Friday night.
Mercer County was idle this past weekend, and assumes the top spot in class 2A. The Titans (2-0) travel to Garrard County Friday night.
Western went across the state to hand the Bobcats of Breathitt County a 35-14 defeat. The Warriors (2-0) Justin Collins had 166 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Western steps up to 4A with a back yard squabble against the Butler Bears Friday night.
Belfry rebounded from last week's heartbreaking loss with a 28-6 drubbing of Lawrence County. The Pirates (2-1) used its power rushing game to overwhelm the Bulldogs with 350 yards on the ground. Belfry hosts East Ridge on Friday night.
In 1A games.
Newport Central Catholic's trips outside of class 1A resulted in another loss, this time 32-20 to Ryle. The Raiders Scott Gray had two picks, and rushed for 149 yards on 27 carries and four scores. Gray's performance has earned him the KSR Prep Player of the week award. NewCath (1-2) will travel to Covington Catholic on Saturday. The T-Breds will also slip out of the Super 16 this week.
Beechwood continues to roll with a 38-0 blanking of Lloyd Memorial. Junior Tommy Benkemper rushed for 178 yards on 27 carries for the Tigers. Beechwood (2-0) goes across the Ohio River for a date with Kettering Alter High Friday night.
Louisville Holy Cross used its defense again to beat the DeSales Colts 33-13. The Colts put the ball on the ground four times and lost three of them. Holy Cross turned those turnovers into points working from a short field. Holy Cross amassed 345 yards of offense with 212 of that on the ground. The Cougars (3-0) will venture over to Indiana for an affair with the Providence Pioneers.
Bardstown has quietly entered the KSR Super 16 this week on the heels of a 28-0 smack down of rival 4A Nelson County. It's the 3rd straight win for the Tigers and the 2nd straight shutout over the Cardinals. The Tigers (3-0) carried a 7-0 to the halftime break and broke loose on offense with a 43-yard run by Kelvin Scott to break the game open in the 3rd quarter. Bardstown will host the Glasgow Scotties Friday night.
In a game that had to be seen to be believed, Beth Haven put up 90 points against Evangel. You read that right, 90 points to Evangel's 40. Eight man football at it best, and worst. With the game well in hand, Beth Haven continued to play the starters and also went to onsides and squib kicks after the outcome was decided. I had a hard time believing what I was seeing on Saturday afternoon. As an alumnus of Beth Haven, I must say shame on the Bearcat coach Brad Street for a real lack of class and tarnishing my alma mater's name.
Congratulations to the Ryle Raiders' Scott Gray, the KSR Prep Player of the week for an outstanding effort against Newport Central Catholic in a 32-20 win.
Top state matchups for Week Four.
St. X at Highlands
Memphis Ridgeway at Hopkinsville
Paul Blazer at Portsmouth (Ohio) West
Louisville Central at Bullitt East
KSR Super 16 for Week Three.
2. St. X
3. Henry Clay
4. Pleasure Ridge Park
1. Bowling Green
3. Rockcastle County
4. Covington Catholic
1. Mercer County
2. Louisville Western
3. Louisville Holy Cross