KSR Preps Game of the Week
For the inaugural edition of our game of the week, we chose to travel to eastern Kentucky for Pikeville vs. Prestonsburg. After a beautiful drive from Lexington to P-Burg on the Mountain Parkway, I was greeted by some of the most amazing people I had ever encountered. I was invited by Joe and Stacia Gilliam of P-Burg to tailgate and eat with their fans before the game. I was expecting the types of tailgates I had in high school where all the kids sat in the parking lot and grilled and sat around the fire before the game. I was mistaken. The Prestonsburg faithful go all out for their team. I was over an hour early and the stadium was already rocking. After meeting some big KSR fans at the tailgate, the Gilliams hooked me up with some food and a t-shirt before kickoff.
— Stacia Gilliam (@Stacia4242) August 21, 2015
One of the big stories for this rivalry was that former Prestonsburg receiver Chatlin Jarrell transferred to Pikeville before the season. Jarrell would only stir the pot when he took the opening kick back 99 yards to give Pikeville a 6-0 lead. Pikeville saw early that Prestonsburg could not stop star running back Daric Pugh. With read options and counter, Pugh continually found big holes to run through. Pugh has an excellent blend of speed and power, which he used to run for 310 yards and four touchdowns in the 43-6 win for Pikeville. Prestonsburg star fullback Dalton Frasure caught the Blackcats’ only touchdown. Frasure is committed to Austin Peay for next season.
P-Burg was a great place to open our coverage for high school football in 2015. I’m looking forward to hitting the road next week to another location. The announcement for the KSR Game of the Week will come on Thursday night.
KSR Games to Watch
Williamsburg vs Lexington Christian Academy
LCA opened the season with a statement win over Williamsburg. The Eagles shutout WHS 51-0 in Lexington on Friday night. Williamsburg collected only 67 totals yards and LCA’s Dillon Wheatley ran for three touchdowns. This was a somewhat surprising outcome, as both Nick and I were wrong with this pick in a big way. I’m guessing former LCA Eagle and current UK offensive lineman Zach West is happy about his team’s start to the season.
Middlesboro vs. Bell County
Led by four touchdowns by Treyton Humfleet, Bell County rolled over Matt’s Middlesboro Yellowjackets, 41-7. Humfleet scored the first four touchdowns of the game for BCHS. The blowout win was the first victory for BCHS over Middlesboro in three seasons. Both Nick and I picked this one correctly.
Central vs Manual
Manual ran all over Central in a 28-10 win. The team collected 223 rushing yards against a Central defense playing without defensive back Kenndale Briggs. Manual ran away in the third quarter when Troy Henderson scored to give the Crimsons a 21-10 lead.
Paducah Tilghman vs. McCracken County
Jesse Dunigan was fantastic for the Blue Tornado of Paducah Tilghman. The senior quarterback threw for one touchdown and ran for another two in a 21-7 PTHS win. Kentucky-commit Zy’aire Hughes had 73 total yards for McCracken County.
In game number one, South Warren rolled past top ranked John Hardin 43-12. The Spartans’ defense held John Hardin to 131 yards on offense while Austin McElwain scored three times in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, perennial power Bowling Green rolled Monroe County 44-7 in the night game. Clark Payne threw only two incompletions and two touchdowns while Jamele Carothers ran for 124 yards.
Highlands was upset by Cooper 37-13 to open their season. Central Michigan-commit Austin Hergott threw four interceptions for Highlands and managed only 11 yards on 14 carries. Torey Cordell-Armstrong ran the ball for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries for Cooper in their opening night win.
Riley Hall had a field day for Pulaski County in a 64-26 win over Jeffersonville (Indiana). The record-breaking QB threw for 375 yards and five touchdowns on 26/30 passing to leads the defending 5A champs to blowout win over Jeffersonville. Hall also ran for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Trust me, this kid is legit.
Check out this sick catch by Manual’s Jaelin Carter. Dude got up.
Hopkinsville beat defending state runner-up Graves County 48-21 on Friday night. This is coming eight days after Hoptown’s Jay’von Quarles was killed in an accident at practice. The team and family of Quarles are in our prayers during this difficult time. Possibly the coolest moment of the weekend was the Graves County student section honoring their rivals.
OK, one more. Nice job by the Graves County students to honor Jay'Von and support Hopkinsville tonight. pic.twitter.com/3BuIBHci2V
— Chris Jung (@ChrisJungKNE) August 22, 2015