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High School Football Roundup: West Carter’s Hail Mary Win, Corbin and LCA roll

Besides #2 Johnson Central’s 35-14 win over #14 Belfry in the KSR Game of the Week (Dylan Preston:  28 carries, 136 yards, 3 TDs, Grant Rice:  9 carries, 69 yards, 2 TDS) there were plenty of other significant games around the state. We’ll start with the highlight of the night from Eastern Kentucky.

West Carter 25, Russell 21

Needing a prayer to to get their first ever victory over Russell, the West Carter Comets improved to 7-1, the best start in program history, with this incredible touchdown at the buzzer.

#1 Trinity 42 #10 Bowling Green 7

Nathan McElroy threw TD passes of 39, 29, 5, and 15 yards, all to Jack Mitchell, to lead the Shamrocks to another easy victory.  You really shouldn’t be surprised.  Trinity had already blown out #8 Male (43-14) and #18 St. Xavier (48-10) this season.  The Purples’ defense, which came in allowing less than 5 points a game, gave up 21 points and nearly 200 yards in the first quarter alone.

 

#24 Corbin 48 #19 Somerset 21

The Redhounds intercepted two passes and recovered four Briar Jumper fumbles to turn a 14-7 deficit into an easy road victory.  Sophomore QB Cameron Combs was 13-of-18 for 111 yards, 2 TDs and no picks.  He also ran for 29 yards and a score.  Corbin also picked up scores on special teams and defense.  Dylan Massengil, who also caught a TD, returned a kickoff for a TD.  Freshman DL Franklin West scooped up one of the Briar Jumper’s fumbles and rumbled in for another score.  The Redhounds, who have won six-straight after losing to Beechwood in the season opener, will move into the top 20 in the next KSR Prep Rankings.  Somerset has now lost two in a row.  They struggled without QB Kaiya Sheron, a UK commit, who did not play due to injury.  The Jumpers expect to have him back for the playoffs.

#15 LCA 35 #20 Pikeville 14

Drew Nieves threw 2 TDs, Tyler Morris ran for 2 more, and the Eagles kept right on rolling.  Nieves was 18-of-24 for 218 yards and added 60 yards on the ground.  Mason Moore caught 7 passes for 100 yards and added two INTs, including a pick six.  The Eagles, ranked #1 in Class 2A, won without one of the state’s top juniors.  RB/WR Xavier Brown missed the game due to injury but is expected back for the playoffs.  

Rough Night in Class A

Pikeville, ranked #1 in Class A, wasn’t the only small school to lose last night.  #2 Louisville Holy Cross lost to 2A Walton Verona 40-28.  #3 Newport Central Catholic got blown out by 2A Beechwood 45-0.  #4 Paintsville lost to 4A Letcher County Central 18-7.  #5 Raceland lost to 2A Danville 28-25.  There may not be any representatives in the next KSR Prep Rankings from this class, but expect Kentucky Country Day to move into the top 5 of the Class A rankings.

QB Watch

Gavin Wimsatt threw 3 TD passes and ran for another score to lead #14 Owensboro to a 69-6 win over Breckinridge County.  Caden Veltkamp’s South Warren team had a bye last night and Kaiya Sheron did not play in the Briar Jumper’s 48-21 loss to Corbin due to injury.

Article written by Troy Howell

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