KSR Preps’ Game of the Week
Franklin County 31 vs Shelby County 28
This might have been the wildest game I have been to this season. First off, it rained. I’m talking line up two-by-two kind of rain. “We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin’ rain and big ol’ fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways and sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath,” said Forrest Gump on last night’s game. Second of all, these teams could not have played more equal on Friday night.
Franklin County scored on their first drive when Landon Hurst’s 41-yard run set up a nine-yard touchdown pass by Barrett Sanderson to take a 7-0 lead. The lead would be short lived as Malik Manica scored on Shelby County’s first play from scrimmage on a 52-yard run. Shelby County took their first and only lead near the end of the first quarter. The Rockets rarely drop back and throw, but Tyler Drane threw a 29-yard TD to give Shelby County a 14-7 lead.
Franklin County would take off after the touchdown pass by Drane. The Flyers would outscore Shelby County 21-0 in the second quarter. Denzil Vance scored on an eight-yard run before Sanderson would throw two more touchdowns. The second of those was dropped and batted away originally, but found the hands of another receiver (Think Ole Miss). The streak of unanswered points would give FCHS a 28-14 lead at the half.
Shelby County’s defense had been trampled on in the second quarter. Vance was tallying big numbers and their corners were getting burnt along the sidelines. All of the momentum switched in the second half. The Rockets forced several fumbles and an interception along with three and outs to aid a big stretch on offense. Shelby County went three and out to begin the half, but FCHS dropped the punt and the Rockets recovered. Drane threw a deep pass following the fumble and cut the score to 28-21. Shelby County then forced Sanderson to throw a pick and Michael Perry would score from inside the ten to tie the game at 28 with 9:52 remaining.
Shelby County squandered a huge opportunity when FCHS had a bad snap on a punt. The Rockets took over at the 24 and threw an interception to kill momentum. Franklin County did nothing with the possession and Shelby County had another chance with under five to play. A penalty deep in their own territory killed the drive and SCHS shanked a 14-yard punt to give Franklin County the ball at the 39 yard line. Franklin County converted on a 4th and 4 and battled past two intentional grounding calls to set themselves up with a 37-yard field goal with 24 seconds remaining. Seiver Tandy put it through to give FCHS the lead. A long run by Perry would give Shelby County a chance to tie, but a missed 53-yard field goal would close out a 31-28 win for Franklin County.
Franklin County is now 6-0 on the season and Shelby County is 5-1.
Notes on the Game
Barrett Sanderson is a great game manager. He never seemed rattled despite how close the game was or the conditions. He was 17/29 for 237 yards and three touchdowns.
Denzil Vance ran for 200 yards and a touchdown for Franklin County.
The conditions had an obvious impact on the game. Each team fumbled numerous times and fell on top of the ball. Dropped passes and awkward throws were prevalent as well. Early on, this game had the appearance of a chippy matchup. Several personal foul calls and late hits in the first quarter ended there.
Other Games to Watch
Caldwell County 46 vs Paducah Tilghman 27
The 19-point victory was Caldwell County’s fifth straight win and perhaps their best. Before being taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons with a head injury, Dee Cain ran for 118 yards to lead the way for Caldwell County. PTHS also lost quarterback Jessie Dunigan with a shoulder sprain. The Blue Tornado are 3-3 on the season and losing their quarterback midway through won’t help. Hopefully both players are on the field again soon.
Bryan Station 54 vs Tates Creek 21
I mentioned in my preview that Bryan Station needed to prove they were for real this week. Mission accomplished. Andre Davis paced the attack with 152 passing yards and four touchdowns as well as 100 rushing yards. Davis carved up a Tates Creek defense that allows only 111 passing yards per game. Devon Key ran all over Tates Creek with 136 yards and a 100-yard pick six. Bryan Station is headed into the final four regular season games with a 5-1 record.
Mayfield 28 vs Corbin 14
Corbin had dropped two in a row before this game and needed a bounce-back win. Mayfield scored the final 14 points to put away Corbin and push their streak to three straight losses. Landon Arnett threw two touchdowns including the go-ahead score to push Mayfield to a 5-1 record.
Lafayette 48 vs Henry Clay 34
Oh look, offense. Walker Wood, Mason Alstatt, and Matt Selvestri combined for 626 yards on the ground for Lafayette. Quarterback Walker Wood led the way with 238 yards and Alstatt was not far behind with 230. In a rainy night in Lexington, the Lafayette o-line pushed through and allowed the ground game to work. Lafayette put up big points against Scott Countylast week as well, and will need to do the same next week against Bryan Station. Henry Clay’s tight defense wasn’t able to stop them, it will interesting to see if Bryan Station can.
Notes From Across the State
Spencer County is 6-0 in 2015. A 35-14 win over Collins was sparked by 22 unanswered points in the final six minutes to boost Spencer County to the win. Brandon Leff ran for 248 yard to lead the way for Spencer County.
Kash Daniel tackled some people. The Paintsville stud tallied 13 tackles three touchdowns on 83 yards rushing against Bourbon County.
Male pitched their third shutout of the 2015 season with a 57-0 win over Butler. The Bulldogs have allowed 26 points on the season and Trinity is the only opponent to score more than ten points in a game. The only team putting up the kind of numbers Male has been is South Warren. The Spartans also shutout their opponent Friday and have allowed 28 points in six games.