Johnson Central 8 vs Ashland Blazer 7
First off, sorry to those I ticked off by leaving this game out of our preview by accident. We good? Great, let’s begin. Neither team could get anything going in the first half as it was scoreless at intermission. Johnson Central’s defense bent but would not break as they held Mr. Football contender Quinton Baker and Ashland scoreless. Ashland allowed two first downs in the first 24 minutes before Baker broke the tie. Early in the third, Baker broke free for an 80-yard run to give Ashland a 7-0 lead. Shortly after Baker’s TD run, Gunner Slone rolled in for JC. The Golden Eagles were successful on their two-point conversion. The gutsy call to go for two wound up being the difference as neither team could muster a scoring drive for the remainder of the game. Baker’s halfback pass at the end of the game was incomplete and JC escaped to improve to 9-0, while Ashland fell to 8-1.
Player of the Game, The JC Defense- The Golden Eagles allowed 207 yards on the ground to Ashland. They may not seem like a great total, but the fact they would not allow Ashland to score in critical situations won them this game. They truly bent but wouldn’t break to win this district title.
Simon Kenton 28 vs Ryle 7
The Pioneers are off to a 9-0 start as they rolled through Ryle on Friday. Cameron Racke had a huge game with three total touchdowns, including a 77-yard pass to cement the win in the fourth. Ryle actually lead 7-0 after the first quarter. Simon Kenton woke up when Dillon Howard rolled in from four yards out early in the second. After that, it was all Racke. With 216 yards in the air and 56 on the ground, Racke scored the last three touchdowns of the game. This was the first time that Ryle had not score at least 20 points in a game. Tanner Morgan went 28/58 for 259 yards in a losing effort.
Player of the Game, Cameron Racke- I said Racke would have to throw and run well in order for SK to win this game. He did both of those extremely well to lead his team to a 9-0 start.
Bowling Green 49 vs Greenwood 14
This game was a lot closer than it may appear. The Gators held a 14-7 lead late in the second quarter as BG could not stop the run. Jackson Adams ran for two early touchdowns for Greenwood to boost their lead with under seven minutes to play in the first half. Bowling Green’s offense would flip the switch and score the final 42 points of the game. Clark Payne threw three touchdowns and Jamale Carothers ran for another three to lead BG. Jackson Adams ran all over BG in the first half, but the Purples held him to -5 in the third quarter. This is Bowling Green’s 12th district win in the last 13 seasons.
Player of the Game, Jamale Carothers- “Juice” ran for 142 yards and three touchdowns on Friday. The junior back has been one of the best kept secrets in 5A.
Male 43 vs Manual 7
Manual ran for 46 yards and did not score an offensive touchdown as Male’s defense suffocated the Crimson. Devin Gentry ran for two touchdowns and Hayden Shelton went 11/16 for 177 yards for Male’s offense. Manual had one yard of offense in the second half and couldn’t keep from turning the ball over to set up Male with great field position. Male has now outscored their opponents 426-57 in their first nine games.
Player of the Game, Male’s front line– Manual ran 27 times for 46 yards and accumulated one yard in the second half. Absolutely incredible showing by Male’s run defense.
Notes from around the state
Andre Davis returned for Bryan Station. The QB totaled 407 combined yards in the air, on the ground, and on kick returns. Bryan Station lost to Henry Clay 42-28.
Walker Wood scored the game winner for Lafayette. He ran for a 13-yard score to give Lafayette a 29-28 win over Tates Creek. Wood ran for 144 yards and threw for 62.
Danville ran away from LCA. Another game we previewed that turned into a blowout early. Danville led 20-0 at half and ran away in the second. Danville held Dillon Wheatley under 100 yards in the win.
Drake Jackson was awarded his Army All-American jersey. Click here for more.