Manual QB Austin Tiller hooked up with Andrew Robinson for 2 TD's, but it proved too little too late as St. X prevailed 28-14 before an estimated crowd of 5,000 at Manual Stadium Friday night.
St. X QB Brent Curley was very efficient, completing 10 of 13 for 119 yards for 1 TD. He also had another TD rushing. The game was marred by an injury to sophomore running back Victor Anderson with a neck injury. I will have an update on this next week.
St X can rap up their district with a win at Butler Friday night.
Manual will renew its longtime rivalry with the Male Bulldogs after an open date this weekend.
The 2nd ranked Trinity Shamrocks held serve beating the Southern Trojans 45-14. Shamrock QB Brad Savko had 2 TD passes and Nick Petrino (yes, it is who you think it is) had one TD passing and another rushing for Trinity. The Trojans slipped to (1-8) on the season, while the Rocks ran their record to (7-1).
4th rated Henderson County (8-1) had little trouble dispatching 9th ranked Apollo (6-2) in Owensboro Friday night 52-15. The Colonels won the Region 1, District 2 title using its skill position superiority against the Eagles. Colonel QB Will Fidler had 5 TD passes. Chris Lamar caught 2 TD passes, and Ron Rapier also caught 2 TDs for the Colonels. There is a possibility for some revenge for Apollo as they may meet the Colonels once again in the Region 1 playoffs.
5th ranked Male blanked Pleasure Ridge Park 35-0 Friday night. Bulldog RB Doug Beaumont had 3 TD's rushing. Nathan Overall and Marcus Hughes also had rushing TD's for Male (6-2). The Ridge (4-4) only attempted 9 passes and 3 were picks. Next week Male will take on Atherton and in 2 weeks is the big matchup with Manual for the probable runner-up spot in Region 2, District 4.
6th rated Madison Central (7-1) fell behind Clark County 6-0 in the first quarter Friday night and continued to trail at the half. Indians QB Jarrod Barnes hit on 2 QB passes in the 3rd quarter, one to Steven Ballew and the other to Paul Warford.
7th ranked Conner put a beatdown on rival Ryle Friday night 28-7. The Cougars (8-0) broke from their normal balanced attack and went to a power running game for 217 yards against the Raiders (3-5). Rain was a factor and Conner went a bit conservative with more of a ground attack. Next up for Conner is Scott High.
8th rated Dixie Heights (6-2) fresh off the heartbreaking loss last week to Conner, traveled to Boone County (4-4) Friday night and gained a 30-21 victory. Colonels QB Greg Preston was 17 of 31 for 336 yards and 3 TD's. Next up for Dixie is former UK lineman John Schlarman's Camels from Campbell County.
A scoreboard malfunction at Tates Creek Friday night couldn't hide the fact that 10th ranked Scott County put a beating on the Commodores 28-0. Cardinals RB Ted Sberna had 25 carries for 224 yards. He had 2 TD's rushing and a 17 yard TD pass. Scott County (6-2) ran up 469 yards of offense, including 309 punishing yards on the ground.
Tates Creek slipped to (5-3).
In 3A games:
Top ranked Highlands (8-1) had a bit of a shaky offensive performance as the Bluebirds defense scored on 2 fumble returns in a 39-5 victory over Oldham County (4-4). Jordan Nevels had one of the fumble returns for 85 yards to the house; and also had a kickoff return for 79 yards for a TD. Ben Guidugli had a TD reception for the Bluebirds as well. Highlands is heading into an open date before the finale against Covington Catholic who lost a heartbreaker to Cincinnati Elder 10-9 on a missed extra point Friday night.
2nd ranked Hopkinsville (8-0) gave up a quick TD to the Moroons of Madisonville North-Hopkins (6-2) Friday night. Then UK verbal Curtis Pulley took control. He accounted for 3 TDs before the half ended with 2 passes and one rushing. Curtis also scored the other 2 TDs for the Tigers in the second half on runs of 12 yards and 11 yards respectively. Pulley was 14 for 21 for 179 yards and 1 pick. He also had 119 yards on 14 carries.
3rd rated Bowling Green (8-1) came off an open date with a 35-0 victory over Allen County-Scottsville (1-8). Purples QB Russell Parker led the attach with 178 yards passing and 42 yards rushing. The Purples have won 19 straight regular season games.
4th rated Lexington Catholic (7-1) ran roughshod over Bourbon County 69-7 Friday night. Next up for LexCath is Western Hills.
5th ranked Boyle County (6-2) traveled to Lebanon Friday night and tattooed the Marion County Knights 50-0. The Rebels Quinn Givhan had 103 yards in the first half and Bandon Smith was 8 for 11 and 126 yards. Seth Tamme had a 72 yard punt return for a TD. The Knights fell to (1-7).
In 2A games:
Top ranked Breathitt County had an open date this weekend.
2nd ranked Belfry once again had another fine defensive performance in a 47-8 win at Sheldon Clark Friday night. UK verbal David Jones had TD runs of 1, 50 and 46 yards respectively.
3rd rated Ft. Campbell rolled to a 49-0 victory over Muhlenberg South Friday night. The Falcons (8-0) held South (4-4) to 99 total yards and 4 first downs in the home victory. Aaron Wright put on a show as he had 2 TD runs and a 68 yard punt return for a TD.
The 4th ranked Elizabethtown Panthers doubled up the Western Warriors 42-21 and clinched the Region 2, District 2 title. Brandon Deaderick returned to play after missing half the season due to a knee injury. Chris Todd had 4 passing TDs, one to Zipp Duncan. Western fell to (5-3).
5th rated Russell Red Devils (8-0) defense really put the stops on Estill County 49-8. Josh Gross had 18 carries for 179 yards and 3 rushing TD's and a 50 yard TD reception. Estill fell to (2-6).
Top ranked Beechwood had a 3 and out on the first possession of the game, then all hell broke loose on the Dayton Green Devils 52-0. Beechwood Junior QB Pat Muth was 9 of 15 for 238 yards and 1 TD. Dustin Menetrey also had 3 TD's rushing for Beechwood (7-1).
Newport Central Catholic put its #2 ranking on the line a Lloyd Memorial and the Thoroughbreds beat Lloyd 55-7. The Breds (7-1) Ben Kelly had 2 TDs and 249 yards rushing on 20 carries. The Juggernaughts (5-3) put up a late score on a 48 yard run by Dara Webb to prevent the shutout.
The 3rd ranked Danville Admirals Kelvin Turner had 5 TD's in the first quarter and added another in the second quarter en route to a 77-0 rout of Trimble County (0-8). Turner had 172 yards on just 5 carries in the first half alone. The Admirals (6-2) remained unbeaten in the district at 3-0 and will put that on the line next weekend at Frankfort.
The Murray Tigers fell victim to the old Mayfield curse as the Cards (3-5) pulled out a 19-7 win over the 4th ranked Tigers (7-1). Mayfield's defense proved to be key as they persistently put double coverage on UK verbal Tim Masthay on numerous occasions. Murray will try to rebound against Fulton County next week.
5th rated Williamsburg (9-0) had to withstand a game riddled with penalties to stay unbeaten with a 25-18 win at Lynn Camp (4-4) Friday night. The Jackets have an open date this weekend before a big game at Harlan on October 29th.
Playoff seedings will be determined in most districts this weekend. Big games this weekend include:
Middlesboro at Breathitt County
St. X at Butler
Hancock County at Crittenden County
Belfry at Ironton, Ohio