By Dan Wright
Conner senior quarterback Drew Barker threw seven touchdowns, all in the first 15:34 of the game, as the Cougars rolled past Holy Cross, 55-21, Friday night.
Barker, who has signed to play at the University of Kentucky, completed 17 of 26 passes for 279 yards, at one point throwing for touchdowns of 7, 35, and 44 yards on three consecutive passes in second quarter.
Andrew Way caught two of those second-quarter touchdowns and finished the game with three scores, catching six passes for 113 yards. Ryan Romey added four catches for 106 yards with two touchdowns.
Jeff Martin, who capped the scoring for the Cougars with a 56-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, ran for 90 yards on three carries in the game.
In all, Conner piled up an even 500 yards of offense while Holy Cross had 268 yards.
Jalen Beal carried the ball 17 times for 95 yards and accounted for two of the Indians scores with a 97-yard kick return and an 80-yard run. Xavier Abernathy closed out the scoring with a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.
at H. CROSS 7-7-0-7—21
C- Romey 54 pass from Barker (Buck kick)
C- Warwick 7 pass from Barker (Buck kick)
C- McKeehan 13 pass from Barker (kick failed)
C- Way 26 pass from Barker (Buck kick)
H- Beal 97 kick return (Scott kick)
C- Way 7 pass from Barker (Buck kick)
C- Romey 35 pass from Barker (Buck kick)
C- Way 44 pass from Barker (Buck kick)
H- Beal 80 run (Scott kick)
C- Martin 56 run (Buck kick)
H- Abernathy 3 run (Scott kick)
Records: Conner 5-2; Holy Cross 1-6.
HOLMES 14, HARRISON COUNTY 7 – Senior running back Jonathan Scruggs put Holmes ahead by scoring on a 57-yard screen pass with 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter, and the Bulldogs held off the Thorobreds for the district win.
Harrison County had a fourth-quarter touchdown called back for holding penalty after reaching Holmes’ 5-yard line, one of 15 penalties that plagued the Thorobreds throughout the night.
Scruggs accounted for 243 of the Bulldogs 334 yards of offense, rushing 31 times for 182 yards.
Harrison County had 295 yards of offense, getting 228 yards on 15-of-28 passing by quarterback Robbie Stroub.
at HARRISON 0-7-0-0—7
HA- Hunter 2 run (Bolin kick)
HO- Brumfield 1 run (Gullett kick)
HO- J. Scruggs 57 pass from Brumfield (Gullett kick)
Records: Holmes 5-2, 1-0 Class 4A; Harrison County 2-6, 0-2.
GALLATIN COUNTY 23, WALTON-VERONA 19 – The Bearcats were unable to overcome an early, 16-0 deficit, as the Wildcats claimed the top spot in the Class 2A, District 5 standings.
Both teams entered the game undefeated in district play, but Gallatin County started the scoring with rushing touchdowns by seniors Nate McCoy and Austin Chapman, with a 2-point conversion following each score.
Walton-Verona rallied to within four points when junior quarterback Justin Kline hit sophomore running back Noah Richardson with a 1-yard touchdown with one minute remaining, but the Bearcats on-side kick went out of bounds and the Wildcats ran out the clock.
Chris Latimore led Walton-Verona with 108 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries as the Bearcats ran for 193 yards and passed for 115. Junior Mason Compton added 82 yards on 17 carries.
Gallatin County gained 299 yards on offense, 200 coming on the ground. Junior Chris Brown was the leading rusher with 12 carries for 63 yards. McCoy followed with 58 yards on 13 carries and Chapman had 11 carries for 45 yards.
at GALLATIN 8-8-7-0—23
G- McCoy 14 run (Bishop run)
G- Chapman 1 run (Chapman run)
W- C. Latimore 34 run (run failed)
G- Bishop 1 run (Flores kick)
W- Compton 1 run (Hoffa kick)
W- Richardson 1 pass from Kline (kick blocked)
Records: Gallatin County 6-2, 3-0 Class 2A, Walton-Verona 6-2, 2-1.
BEECHWOOD 56, BELLEVUE 22 – Senior defensive back Max Shover returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and sophomore running back Ethan Stringer ran for four touchdowns to lead Beechwood.
The teams traded touchdowns through their first three possessions, with Bellevue poised to make it four straight when Shover’s interception put Beechwood ahead, 21-7, instead.
Stringer finished the game with 147 yards on 14 carries for Beechwood.
Bellevue senior quarterback Tyler Ackerson broke the school record for completions in a career with the final of his 23 completions in the game. Ackerson finished 23-of-38 passing for 250 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
at BELLEVUE 6-8-0-8—22
BEE-Slusher 59 pass from Fieger (Sletto kick)
BEL-Huff 34 run (run failed)
BEE-Stringer 1 run (Sletto kick)
BEE-Shover 99 interception return (Sletto kick)
BEE-Hayden 14 run (Sletto kick)
BEE-Ackerson 25 run (Hazeres pass from Ackerson)
BEE-Hayden 28 pass from Fieger (Sletto kick)
BEE-Stringer 2 run (Sletto kick)
BEL-Stephenson 8 pass from Ackerson (Stephenson pass from Ackerson)
BEE-Stringer 28 run (Sletto kick)
BEE-Stringer 1 run (Sletto kick)
Records: Beechwood 4-3, 1-0 Class A; Bellevue 3-5, 0-1.
NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC 42, NEWPORT 21 – Senior quarterback Mac Franzen completed 7 of 14 passes for 176 yard and four touchdowns, running for another score as the Thoroughbreds maintained the city championship against the Wildcats.
Franzen was named the game’s most valuable player for the Thoroughbreds. Senior quarter Charlie Mullins earned that honor for Newport, completing 11 of 24 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns, running for the Wildcats other touchdown.
Senior receiver Tommy Donnelly caught three passes, all for touchdowns, for a total of 107 yards for NewCath. Sophomore running back Jacob Smith had 100 rushing yards on 16 carries.
at NEWPORT 0-7-0-14—21
NewCath- Sutkamp 1 run (Boberg kick)
NewCath- Donnelly 38 pass from Franzen (kick failed)
NewCath- Enslen 16 pass from Franzen (Smith run)
Newport- Burton 35 pass from Mullins (Franco kick)
NewCath- Donnelly 30 pass from Franzen (Caudill kick)
Newport- Mullins 1 run (Franco kick)
NewCath- Franzen 35 run (Caudill kick)
NewCath- Donnelly 39 pass from Franzen (Caudill kick)
Newport- Stanley 27 pass from Mullins (Franco kick)
Records: NewCath 3-4, 2-0 Class 2A; Newport 2-5, 0-2.
LUDLOW 41, DAYTON 0 – All three of senior quarterback Mitchell Cody’s completions resulted in touchdowns as the Panthers won their third straight game. Cody also ran seven times for 95 yards and one touchdown.
Sophomore running back Jeremiah Martin led Ludlow with 109 yards on 10 carries, scoring the game’s first touchdown.
Defensively, the Panthers held the Greendevils to 38 yards of offense as Ludlow recorded its first shutout since a 48-0 win against Bracken County on Sept. 29, 2006.
at DAYTON 0-0-0-0—0
L-Martin 7 run (Ledbetter kick)
L-Ledbetter 18 pass from Cody (kick failed)
L-#6 40 pass from Cody (kick failed)
L-Doane 15 pass from Cody (Ledbetter kick)
L-Cody 6 run (Cole run)
L-Carter 14 run (Ledbetter kick)
Records: Ludlow 3-4, 1-0 Class A; Dayton 2-5, 0-1.
LLOYD 33, BISHOP BROSSART 7 – Junior quarterback Hayden Molitor completed 8 of 15 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns for the Juggernauts.
Senior Jared Gabbard also accounted for three touchdowns, catching one from Molitor and rushing for two. Gabbard had 87 yards on 18 carries.
Junior receiver Zack Riddle caught Molitor’s other two touchdown passes, making three grabs for 102 yards.
at LLOYD 0-20-7-6—33
B-Pelgen 11 run (kick good)
L-Gabbard 1 run (run failed)
L-Riddle 80 pass from Molitor (Gutierrez kick)
L-Gabbard 2 run (Gutierrez kick)
L-Gabbard 34 pass from Molitor (Gutierrez kick)
L-Riddle 22 pass from Molitor (kick blocked)
Records: Lloyd 5-3, 2-1 Class 2A; Bishop Brossart 2-5, 0-3.
SCOTT 49, GRANT COUNTY 12 – The Eagles scored 35 second-quarter points in winning their school- record seventh game of the season.
Scott gained 348 yards on the ground, getting 173 yards on 13 carries from sophomore running back Roberto London.
at GRANT 0-6-6-0—12
S- Osborne 1 run (Berk kick)
S- Brinkman 44 run (Berk kick)
S- London 2 run (Berk kick)
S- Roberts 23 run (Berk kick)
S- De Tatta 1 run (Berk kick)
S- Pleasant 60 punt return (Berk kick)
S- London 6 run (Berk kick)
Records: Scott 7-0, 2-0 Class 5A; Grant County 1-6, 0-2.
NOTE: Scoring summary does not include Grant County touchdowns.
SIMON KENTON at BOONE COUNTY – The Class 6A game between the Pioneers and Rebels has been moved to 10 a.m. today at Boone County. The game had to be rescheduled due to an issue with the lights at Owen Hauck Stadium.
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