Bowling Green 38 vs McCracken County 14
Our game of the week featured some of the top talent in the state. Cash Jones and Zy’aire Hughes were on display for McCracken County while Jamale Carothers and numerous other talented players were playing for the Purples.
Bowling Green jumped out to a big lead in the first half thanks to forcing turnovers. A fumble recovery gave BG great field position to open the game. Jamale Carothers ran in from one yard to put the Purples on the board first. Zy’aire Hughes responded with a 27-yard rushing touchdown to even the score. BGHS began to run away after Hughes’ first score. After another short TD for Bowling Green, Jones threw an interception that Tre Fant returned for a touchdown. McCracken continually faltered on fourth down and short to give BG great field position. Bowling Green quarterback Clark Payne took advantage of that late in the second half. Payne hit DeAngelo Wilson on a short floater with 19 seconds remaining in the half. MCHS dropped the squib kick and BG recovered in the final seconds. Lee Ramsey would knock down a short field goal to give BG a 31-7 lead at the half.
McCracken could not stop shooting themselves in the foot. The Purples forced four total turnovers, including three fumble recoveries. Hughes would score again in the second half but BG held off the Mustangs 38-14 in the final game of the regular season. Hughes ran 21 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns against a stout BGHS defense. Jones threw for 57 yards and rarely had enough time to make quality throws due to the Purples’ pass attack. Clark Payne was one of the most impressive players on Friday. He went 15/27 for 181 yards and a touchdown. Both he and Carothers are juniors. Carothers ran for 106 yards and two scores while gathering in six catches for 80 yards. Bowling Green finished the season 9-1 and McCracken County at 8-2.
Belfry 41 vs Johnson Central 0
Belfry took JCHS to the woodshed with this one. Xondre Willis scored three touchdowns including an 80-yard TD to open the game. Belfry led 27-0 after the first quarter and rounded out 14 more in the second and third to win 41-0. Willis accounted for 188 of the Pirates’ 313 yards on the ground. He also ran for an 88-yard touchdown to add to his 80-yarder. Belfry has made another big statement as the top team in 3A.
Paintsville 44 vs Shelby Valley 27
For the first time since 2005, Paintsville has ten wins in a season. Kash Daniel balled out in his final regular season game as a Tiger. Daniel recorded three rushing touchdowns and one passing. On defense, Daniel had 19 tackles against Shelby Valley. Paintsville finishes with a 10-0 record and is one of the two teams (other being Paris) in 1A to go undefeated. Shelby Valley went 8-2 and won eight consecutive games before last night’s loss. Kent Phelps caught one touchdown and Luke Trimble totaled 102 yards and two touchdowns.
Mayfield 25 vs Caldwell County 24
In one of the craziest games of the night, Mayfield knocked down a chip shot field goal to beat Caldwell County 25-24. CCHS hit a 37-yard field goal with 37 seconds left in the game. Mayfield took over at the 10 yard line with little time remaining. Landon Arnett hit Kevin Caldwell on a screen and Caldwell did the rest. He took it 83 yards down to the CCHS seven yard line. Mayfield would knock down the short field goal to win the game. Caldwell County is the top seed in the 3A playoffs despite the loss.
Six teams in Kentucky went undefeated in the regular season. Paris, Paintsville, Elizabethtown, South Warren, Simon Kenton, and Male all went undefeated this season.
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