KSR's Kentucky Prep Report, Week Two

The KSR Kentucky Prep Report, week two was highlighted by stellar performances from several players, but none bigger than Justin Thurman of Larue County. Thurman's heroics led the Hawks to an upset win over the John Hardin Bulldogs, 38-35.

Trinity opened against the Big Red of Montgomery Bell Academy. The Rocks were rolling early, leading 14-3 at half. Trinity went on to take a 21-10 lead in the 3rd quarter, but MBA took advantage of three Nick Petrino interceptions to rally to a 23-21 lead. The Rocks attempted a 55-yard field goal as time expired. It was wide left. The Shamrocks (0-1) will tee it up Friday against the Manual Crimsons.

St. X invited Lexington Catholic to Manual Stadium for a friendly game of football Friday evening. The Tigers were not very hospitable in shutting out LexCath 47-0. Victor Anderson only had 6 carries, but had 169 yards rushing. The West Virginia verbal commit also had one reception for 32 yards and four TDs for St X., who only had 28 offensive snaps in the ball game. X led 40-0 at halftime and a continuous clock ran in the second half. St. X (2-0) was significantly better in week two and will host Fern Creek (1-0) next Friday night.

Hopkinsville hosted Male with some high expectations Friday night. Hopkinsville appeared stronger, and even faster in pre-season scrimmages than last season. Male is, well…Male. After drawing first blood, Male's defense allowed the Tigers an easy score from Hoptown's Emmanuel Taylor to tie the game at 7-7. Male then put up the next 49 points of the game for a 56-7 beat down on Hopkinsville (0-1). Douglas Beaumont only played in the first two quarters and has 140 yards on 13 carries and four TD's. Male (2-0) goes to Seneca Friday night while Hopkinsville goes to Mayfield.

The St. X, Male and Henry Clay wins this weekend show an ever widening gap between upper echelon teams in class 3A and 4A.

Pleasure Ridge Park didn't get in any hurry last night. The Ridge methodically ran the Doss Dragons into the turf 36-6 Friday night. On the legs of Jherray Smith, Kevin Ardis and Mike Bibbs, the Panthers had 299 yards rushing. Doss (0-2) could only manage 83 yards of offense against PRP. The Panthers (2-0) will host Paul Dunbar Friday night.

In 3A games.

Highlands has played eight quarters of scoreless defense this season, the last four shutting out Conner 42-0 Friday night. Jordan Kramer had three scores for the Bluebirds (2-0). Highlands had over 500 yards of total offense, primarily on the ground. Highlands will have its first real test when it hosts Cincinnati Elder Friday night.

Bowling Green went to Franklin to take on Christian County at the Pigskin Classic. It took three OT sessions to decide the outcome. A scoreless affair until the 4th quarter, Christian County's CJ Trotter hauled in an 11 yard TD to give the Colonels a 7-0 lead. The Purples, who were without starting RB Avery Hibbett and QB Trent Steelman, relied on Anthony Davis' 86 yard kickoff return to knot the score a 7-7 at the end of regulation. The teams traded scores in the first two OT sessions. The Purples defense held the Colonels in the third OT and Purples kicker Casey Tinius booted a 27 yard field goal to give Bowling Green the victory 24-21. Bowling Green (1-1) will host rival Warren East Friday night.

Lexington Catholic will drop out of the Super 16 this week on the heels of a 47-0 drubbing by St. X.

Boyle County doesn't lose big very often; however, the Rebels took a 53-10 beating from Henry Clay Saturday night. Following up on last seasons 48-13 victory, the Devils christened the new "Jake" Bell filed with over 500 yards offense on the passing of Ryan Philippi and speed of Virginia Cavalier verbal Chase Minniefield.

In 2A games.

It may be a new year, but it is the same old Russell Red Devils. The 2A State Champs opened the title defense against the Greenup Musketeers with a 33-6 win. Kasey Clark had 142 all purpose yards and two scores for the Devils. Russell (1-0) will take on Ashland next Friday night.

Mercer County appears to be the real deal. The Titans went wild on South Laurel by a 53-6 margin while rolling up 500 yards of rushing offense. The Titans (2-0) are idle next weekend.

Belfry made some very uncharacteristic turnovers that proved to be the Pirates undoing in a 28-27 OT loss to the Ashland Tomcats Friday evening. Tomcat QB Darrell Mahan made the plays when Ashland needed them, including an 8 yard pass to Ryan Bonner to set up the Tomcats' overtime TD. On Belfry's OT possession, Jerald Epling ran it in from 20 yards out. Pirate Coach Philip Haywood went for two and the Tomcat defense stuffed the final play. Belfry (1-1) travels to Lawrence County Friday night.

Owensboro Catholic's Aces opened a new stadium Friday night. The Owensboro Red Devils spoiled the party with a 51-20 victory over the Aces. The Aces looked sloppy and the Devils had too many fresh bodies on the field for OCath to overcome. The Aces (0-2) will drop out of the KSR Super 16 this week.

In 1A games.

Danville rolled on in week two with a 54-3 victory over Pulaski County. The Admiral defense controlled the game and yielded a late field goal to the Maroons. The game for bragging rights will be played Friday night as the Admirals (2-0) will host Boyle County.

A backyard squabble between Newport Central Catholic and Newport was a tight affair until the 4th quarter. Ziggy Niedzielski, (a football name if there ever was one) blocked the Newport punt and took it 13 yards for a TD to break the game open. NewCath (1-1) registered its seventh straight victory over the Wildcats 20-0. Ryle is next for Newport Central Catholic next Friday evening.

An electrical malfunction of the stadium lights couldn't stop Beechwood from rolling over Dixie Heights 35-9 in Noel Rash's head coaching debut. Beechwood (1-0) spotted Dixie a TD, and then scored the next 35 points on the fleet feet of receiver Pete Kayiatos. Kayiatos had TD catches of 36, 21 and 25 respectively. The Tigers will travel to Ohio next week for a date with Kettering High.

Louisville Holy Cross used its defense to impose a 35-0 whitewash on cross town foe Christian Academy. The Centurions offense was held to 97 yards by the Cougars who were led by Andy Rodman's two TDs. The Cougars (2-0) will host an angry group of Colts from DeSales on September 1st, who lost 28-10 to Lexington Christian Academy Friday night.

The KSR player of the week also participated in the biggest upset in week two of Kentucky Prep Football. Surely Larue County knew who was on the opposite side of the field Friday night. It was John Hardin, who had beaten them 35-14 last season and had made a run deep in the 4A playoffs. Intimidated? Not in the least bit. Senior tailback Justin Thurman tallied 117 yards on 25 carries, 146 receiving yards and scored four TDs in the Hawks 38-35 win over the Bulldogs. The loss overshadowed a stellar performance by John Hardin Sophomore Elias Camper who had 209 yards rushing on 11 carries. Congratulations Justin Thurman, the KSR Prep Player of the week, and the Larue County Hawks on a great team effort!

Top state games for week three.

Cincinnati Elder at Highlands
Pikeville at Prestonsburg
Russell at Paul Blazer
And the biggie is Boyle County at Danville

Some new teams appear in the Super 16 for week two with Henry Clay, Rockcastle County, Covington Catholic and Western (Louisville) making an initial appearance.

KSR Super 16 for week two.


1. Male
2. St. X
3. Henry Clay
4. Pleasure Ridge Park


1. Highlands
2. Bowling Green
3. Rockcastle County
4. Covington Catholic


1. Russell
2. Mercer County
3. Louisville Western
4. Belfry


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

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