By Dan Wright
Highlands raced out to a 41-7 lead before withstanding a state-record 918-yard effort by Warren Central, defeating the Dragons, 71-69 on Friday.
Junior quarterback Beau Hoge, starting in place of the injured Drew Houliston, completed 19 of 31 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns, starting the game nine of 11 for 202 yards and four touchdowns in the first quarter.
Senior running back Zach Harris accounted for 255 yards of offense, rushing 21 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns and catching five passes for 113 yards and a score. Junior receiver Alex Veneman had four catches for 112 yards and a touchdown and junior receiver Jenson Feggins caught two passes, both for first-quarter touchdowns, for 86 yards.
Highlands finished with 626 yards of offense and was also aided by two kick return touchdowns in the second quarter. A 47-yard return by senior Brandon Hergott came on an onside kick attempt by Warren Central while Jaylen Hayes’s 81-yard kick return gave the Bluebirds a 55-28 halftime lead.
The Dragons gained 716 rushing yards, with three different players rushing for over 150 yards while senior running back Robert Edwards added 96 yards on seven carries. Senior quarterback Chris Porter-Bunton led the way with 14 carries for 212 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore Damani Walker followed with six carries for 168 yards and two touchdowns and senior Rondell Green had nine carries for 192 yards and touchdown runs of 80 and 60 yards.
Porter-Bunton also completed five of 10 passes for 202 yards with an 88-yard touchdown to Walker and an 80-yard touchdown to Edwards in the second quarter.
Porter-Bunton’s 43-yard touchdown run with 2:05 remaining in the game pulled the Dragons to within two points, 71-69, but Warren Central’s onside kick that followed went out of bounds. Zach Harris then converted a third-and-five with a six yard run that allowed Highlands to run out the remaining time.
Highlands will host Boyd County in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs next week.
WARREN CENTRAL 7-21-21-20—69
at HIGHLANDS 34-21-13-3—71
H-Feggins 40 pass from Hoge (Dougherty kick)
H-Feggins 46 pass from Hoge (Dougherty kick)
H-Harris 19 pass from Hoge (kick failed)
H-Veneman 41 pass from Hoge (Dougherty kick)
WC-Porter-Bunton 73 run (Guillen kick)
H-Allen 18 run (Dougherty kick)
H-Greene 2 run (Dougherty kick)
W-Porter-Bunton 1 run (Guillen kick)
H-B. Hergott 47 kick return (Dougherty kick)
WC-Walker 88 pass from Porter-Bunton (Guillen kick)
WC-Edwards 80 pass from Porter-Bunton (Guillen kick)
H-Hayes 81 kick return (Dougherty kick)
WC-Walker 9 run (Guillen kick)
H-Harris 1 run (Dougherty kick)
WC-Green 80 run (Guillen kick)
WC-Porter-Bunton 29 run (Guillen kick)
H-Harris 1 run (run failed)
W-Green 60 run (Guillen kick)
H-Dougherty 21 FG
WC-Walker 63 run (kick failed)
WC-Porter-Bunton 43 run (Guillen kick)
RECORDS: Highlands 9-1; Warren Central 5-5.
NEWPORT 21, HOLMES 14 —Jayshawn Stanley took a pass from Charlie Mullins and raced 63 yard for the game-winning touchdown with 8:57 remaining in the game.
Stanley, who finished with seven catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns, broke two tackles inside the 10 yard line to give the Wildcats the lead.
Holmes drove to the Newport 13-yard with under three minutes remaining, but senior defensive back Michael Lewis intercepted a fourth-down pass in the end zone to secure the win.
Mullins completed 20 of 33 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns for Newport.
Senior running back Jonathan Scruggs had 176 yards on 22 carries for Holmes and accounted for both Bulldog touchdowns with a 76-yard run in the first quarter and a 93-yard kick return to open up the second half.
Newport will host Carroll County in the Class 2A playoffs next week while Holmes will travel to play Ashland Blazer in the Class 4A playoffs.
at NEWPORT 0-7-6-8—21
H-J. Scruggs 76 run (kick failed)
N-Stanley 7 pass from Mullins (Franco kick)
H-Scruggs 93 kick return (Arnold pass from Brumfield)
N-Mullins 1 run (kick blocked)
N-Stanley 63 pass from Mullins (Mullins run)
RECORDS: Newport 5-5, Holmes 5-5.
GALLATIN COUNTY 49, BISHOP BROSSART 14 – Senior Nate McCoy scored five touchdowns as the Wildcats set a new school record for wins in a season.
McCoy caught touchdown passes of 57, 74, and 45 yards from senior quarterback Austin Chapman, all in the first quarter, to stake Gallatin County to a 28-8 lead.
McCoy, a free safety on defense, added a 58-yard interception return in the third quarter and finished off the scoring for the Wildcats with a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown later in the quarter.
The win improved Gallatin County to 8-2, besting the 7-4 mark the Wildcats had in 2007.
Gallatin County will host Holy Cross in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs
GALLATIN CO. 28-7-14-0—49
at BROSSART 8-0-6-0—14
GC-McCoy 57 pass from Chapman (Flores kick)
B-Pelgen 21 run (Tieman pass from Pelgen)
GC-McCoy 74 pass from Chapman (Bishop run)
GC-McCoy 45 pass from Chapman (kick failed)
GC-Brown 47 run (Flores kick)
GC-Brown 79 run (Flores kick)
GC-McCoy 58 interception return (Flores kick)
GC-McCoy 50 punt return (Flores kick)
B-Baumann 18 pass from Pelgen (pass failed)
RECORDS: Gallatin County 8-2; Bishop Brossart 3-7.
CAMPBELL COUNTY 44, HOLY CROSS 0 – The Camels held Holy Cross to 95 yards of offense to record their first shutout of the season.
Senior quarterback Avery Wood led a 30-point outburst for Campbell County in the second quarter, throwing touchdown passes to seniors Jake Zabonick, Nate Hess, and Garrett Geiman. Senior running back Alex Howard added a rushing touchdown in the quarter, and the Camels also scored a safety on a blocked punt.
Wood was 9-of-17 passing for 99 yards and also ran five times for 51 yards. Howard had seven carries for 81 yards for the Camels, who gained 349 yards in the game.
Campbell County will host Pleasure Ridge Park in the Class 6A playoffs next week while Holy Cross has to travel to play Gallatin County in Class 2A playoffs.
HOLY CROSS 0-0-0-0—0
at CAMPBELL CO. 7-30-7-0—44
CC-Hess recovers fumble in end zone (Knaley kick)
CC-Howard 3 run (Knaley kick)
CC-Zabonick 17 pass from Wood (Knaley kick)
CC-Safety, punt blocked in end zone
CC-Hess 11 pass from Wood (Knaley kick)
CC-Geiman 5 pass from Wood (Knaley kick)
CC-Carroll 14 run (Knaley kick)
RECORDS: Campbell County 7-3, Holy Cross 1-9.
WALTON-VERONA 23, LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN 7 — Junior running back Mason Compton carried the ball 31 times for 162 yards, scoring two second-half touchdowns for the Bearcats.
Senior Chris Latimore started the game with a school-record 90 yard kick return for a touchdown.
Walton-Verona will host Lloyd in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs next week.
LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN 7-0-0-0—7
at WALTON-VERONA 7-3-7-6—23
WV-Latimore 90 kick return (Hoffa kick)
LC-Lancaster 8 run (Henzman kick)
WV-Hoffa FG 26
WV-Compton 1 run (Hoffa kick)
WV-Compton 8 run (kick blocked)
RECORDS: Walton-Verona 8-2; Lexington Christian 1-9.
MASON COUNTY 34, SCOTT 21 —Senior running back Josh Castleman surpassed the 1,200-yard mark for the season with 27 carries for 145 yards, but the Eagles were unable to keep the Royals from completing an undefeated regular season.
Sophomore running back Roberto London added 62 yards on five carries and senior quarterback Ben Osborne had nine carries for 50 yards as both surpassed 500 rushing yards for the season.
Castleman, London and Osborne all had rushing touchdowns as Scott ran 47 times for 276 yards in the game. Osborne completed six of 10 passes for 77 yards.
The Eagles will travel to play Franklin County in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs next week. The Flyers have eliminated the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs each of the past two seasons.
at MASON CO. 6-14-7-7—34
Scoring summary not available.
Records: Mason County 10-0, Scott 7-3.
LUDLOW 28, PENDLETON COUNTY 6 — Senior quarterback Mitchell Cody ran for three touchdowns as the Panthers pulled away in the second half.
Ludlow (4-6) led the Wildcats (3-6) just 7-0 at halftime.
The Panthers will have a rematch at Paris in the first round of the Class A playoffs next week. The Greyhounds defeated the Panthers, 34-26, on Sept. 6.
LEXINGTON CATHOLIC 48, BOONE COUNTY 17 — The Rebels scored had their second-highest scoring performance of the season, but were unable to pick up their first win of the season against the Knights (7-3).
The Rebels (0-10) still qualify for the Class 6A playoffs, facing McCracken County next week.
BOONE CO. 0-0-7-10—17
at LEXCATH 21-13-7-7—48
LC-Ryan 14 run (Morris kick)
LC-Ryan 1 run (Morris kick)
LC-Logan 13 run (Morris kick)
LC-Logan 60 run (pass failed)
LC-Mitchell 46 pass from Ryan (Morris kick)
BC-Floyd 64 run (O'Hara kick)
LC-Mitchell 10 run (Valenzuela kick)
BC-Floyd 58 run (O'Hara kick)
BC-O'Hara FG 39
LC-Gray 6 run (Valenzuela kick).
RECORDS: Lexington Catholic 7-3, Boone County 0-10.
CARROLL COUNTY 42, DAYTON 8 — The Greendevils scored their first points in nearly a month, but still fell to the Panthers (5-5).
Dayton (2-8) will play at Frankfort in the Class A playoffs next week.