Kentucky High School Prep Report - Week 7

The big matchup of the weekend was a Thursday night clash between the 4A 3rd ranked Manual Crimsons (6-1), and the 4A 9th ranked Butler Bears (5-2) at Manual Stadium.

The rare Thursday night game turned out to be a bit of a laugher as the Bears defense could not hold serve against the Crimsons' Quintin Diggs who rushed for 115 yard on 16 carries and had 3 TD's. The Crimson's Andrew Robinson had a 78 yard punt return for a TD and 48 yard pass from Manual QB Vance Woods to take the score to 48-7. The Bears tacked on 1 score late in the 3rd quarter, and another in the 4th to make the score a bit more respectable.

In 4A action

The top ranked St.Xavier Tigers (5-1) made short work of the Iroquois Raiders (1-5) by a score of 62-0. Following up on the big Victory last weekend over the Trinity Shamrocks, the Tigers forced 10 turnovers. The Tigers defense forced 6 picks and 4 fumble recoveries and held the Raiders to 5 yards rushing.St.X has cemented their hold on the top ranking in class 4A.

The second ranked Trinity Shamrocks (6-1) got back to their winning ways 53-14 over the homestanding Eastern Eagles (2-4). Shamrocks running back Donald Barnett had 5 rushing TDs and 195 yards on 23 carries.

4th ranked Henderson County (6-1) continued it tear through the western portion of the state with a 54-7 win over Grayson County. The Colonels look very tough down the stretch for chance at a 4A title this year.

5th ranked Male had an open date this weekend. The Bulldogs (4-2) will take on the Butler Bears on October the 8th.

Conner powered to victory a 35-0 whitewash of Campbell County. Once again the Conner (6-0) defense proved stellar as they have only yielded 19 points in six games this season. The Campbell County team is coach by former Wildcat lineman John Schlarman. He is in the depths of rebuilding a program that has had few wins over the past 5 seasons.

Dixie Heights (6-0) shutout Simon Kenton (2-4) by a 42-0 score on Friday night. This sets up a big showdown Friday night as Dixie Heights will host 6th ranked and undefeated Conner.

Lowly Atherton (1-6) was just what the doctor ordered for Pleasure Ridge Park (4-3) on Thursday night. The Ridge bounced back after a heartbreaking loss to Butler last week by a 51-6 score over the Rebels. Louisville signee JuJaun Spillman had a monster game with 230 yards on 25 carries and 4 rushing TD's. He also had a punt return of 24 yards for a score for the Panthers.

In 3A action:

Top Ranked Hopkinsville (6-0) had its hands full at 10th ranked Union County Friday (5-1) night. A wild game that most everything imaginable could happen did happen. Union led the majority if the game. Just inside the 2:00 of the 4th quarter, Union went up 42-40 on a 21 yard run by Braves QB Tyler Caudill. Curtis Pulley, a UK signee comes to the rescue. Pulley drove the Tigers 60 yards in 4 plays with the score coming on a 26 yard scamper. Pulley and Cody Adams hooked up on the 2 point conversion to give the Tigers a 48-42 lead. With Union County driving, Pulley intercepted Caudill at the 31 yard line and went 69 yards to the house to seal the victory 54-42.

The second rated Highlands Bluebirds (6-1) shredded South Oldham to the tune of 42-0. It's the second shutout in 3 games for Dale Mueller's Bluebirds who blanked Boyle County two weeks ago. The Bluebirds got off to a bit of a slow start, only taking a 7-0 lead into the half. Highlands got a 35 point second half performance on the back of QB Chase Cecil, who had a rushing TD and passed for another.

Bob Sphires' Lexington Catholic Knights (5-1) continue to put lots of points up on the board this year as they lit up East Jessamine by a 40-24 count. With a precarious 30-24 lead, LexCath gambled with Justin Burke in punt formation and Burke hit Wes Caldwell through the middle. Caldwell got outside and down the sideline for a 55 yard score to seal the victory.

The Bowling Green Purples took on nemesis Warren East and coasted to a 57-7 victory. The Purples (7-0) jumped out to a 43-0 halftime lead and never looked back. The Raiders (2-4) managed only 50 yards of offense for the entire game. Bowling Green QB Russell Parker showed his continued efficiency on 14-18 passing for 180 yards and 1 TD.

5th rated Boyle County relied on QB Brandon Smith's arm and legs to pound Pulaski Southwestern (4-2) 45-13. Smith was 23-37 for 269 yards and 3 TD's. He also had 86 rushing yards on 10 carries. Seth Tamme had 126 receiving yards and one TD. Boyle (4-2) held the #2 running back in the state, Lee Renfro to 48 yards for the game. Renfro came into this game averaging 214 yards per contest.

The #6 Waggener Wildcats improved to 6-0 with a sloppy, but hard fought 10-7 win over the Doss Dragons (3-3). The Wildcats Cory Clark, usually a defensive lineman, scored on a 1 yard dive. He then got flagged on a silly unsportsman-like conduct penalty. Like all good players do, he made amends for his mistake with a leaping interception of Marcus McGinnis late in the 3rd quarter to stifle the Dragons momentum. That set the stage for a 21 yard field goal by Harry Liu for the margin of victory.

In 2A action:

Top ranked Breathitt County (7-0) continued its hold on the top spot in 2A with a 55-7 victory over Cawood (1-5). Breathitt coach Mike Holcomb pushed his career record to 115-25 with the victory on Friday night. The Bobcats have a Friday night date at Leslie County.

Belfry (6-0) once again dominated with a 40-2 win over Pike County Central (3-3). UK verbal David Jones had TD runs of 41 yards, 52 yards and 12 yards respectively.

3rd ranked Fort Campbell (5-1) powered past Caldwell County (1-5) by a score of 34-6. A close game at the half 14-6, the Falcons broke loose for in the second half for their 5th straight victory. Steven Nunn led Fort Campbell with 135 yards on 16 carries.

The Russell Red Devils (6-0) remained undefeated triumphed over West Carter 41-6.

The 5th ranked Panthers of Elizabethtown (6-1) took on another Jefferson County foe in the Shawnee Golden Eagles (3-4) this week; and for the second time in as many weeks they scored 56 points, winning 56-12. E'town senior QB Chris Todd was 19-26 for 316 yards and 4 TD's, including an 8 yarder to phenom TE Zipp Duncan. Next week E'town will host rival Larue County.

In 1A action:

Top Ranked Newport Central Catholic (5-1) and 2nd ranked Beechwood (5-1) played an epic battle on a rare Saturday game. The Thoroughbreds took a 14-0 lead to the half, however the Tigers Dustin Menetrey got loose on the first drive of the 3rd quarter for a 59 yard TD run to pull Beechwood within at touchdown. The Tigers' Eric Sawyer intercepted Sam Diehl for a 69 yard pick six in the middle of the 4th quarter to tie the game at 14 apiece. Menetrey scored the go ahead TD just past the 5 minute mark of the 4th quarter. Menetrey ended the game with 241 yards and 2 TD's. NewCath answered with a Diehl pass to Derek Posey for a 25 yard TD with 2:27 remaining in regulation. The T-breds junior place-kicker Scott Gesenhues couldn't connect on the extra point leaving the score 21-20 in favor of Beechwood.

NewCath tried an desperation onside kick and the Tigers recovered and ran out the clock to seal the victory. Look for Beechwood to gain the top spot in the 1A poll this week.

3rd ranked Danville Admirals (4-2) shut out Owen County (1-5) with an impressive defensive performance 52-0. Coach Sam Harp's squad outgained Owen County 383-71 and the defense tallied 2 scores of its own.

The 4th ranked and undefeated Murray Tigers (6-0) had an open date this week.

The 5th ranked Holy Cross Cougars (5-1) took the measure of Fort Knox (2-4) by a score of 50-15. Eric Titus caught a TD pass from Aaron Troutman and ran a kickoff back to the house in the rout.

Big game this weekend is Conner at Dixie Heights.

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