Game of the Week
Paintsville 48 vs Paris 28
Paintsville won their first regional title since 2001 on the back of Kash Daniel. Kash threw for three touchdowns including a huge 75-yard strike to kill Paris’ momentum early in the second half. The Tigers jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead in the first half, but it never felt like they were in complete control.
Paris began to chip away at the lead when Aaron Maggard threw a 24-yard TD at the end of the first half. The Greyhounds then opened with a scoring drive to start the second half. On that possession, Paintsville played without Kash. The senior linebacker was forced to wear a knee brace after taking a hard hit on a QB sneak. With Paris inching closer, Kash threw the 75-yard TD to bring momentum back to Paintsville. Paris would then fumble inside their own ten on the ensuing possession. After a Kash nine-yard TD run, the Tigers were back in front by 21. Kent Phelps would score his second TD of the game and Kash would throw for one more as Paintsville wrapped up a 48-28 win. Phelps ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns (including a 64-yard run) and Daniel finished with five total touchdowns and over 200 yards passing.
Paintsville will play at home next week against rival Pikeville. Paris finishes with a record of 11-1 in 2015.
— Blake Preece (@bpeazy42) November 21, 2015
Mayfield 24 vs Owensboro Catholic 13
Catholic hung around in the first half, but were outscored 17-6 in the second half against Mayfield. Landon Arnett was 15/21 for 241 yards and two touchdowns for Mayfield. Trajon Bright ran for 147 yards to lead Mayfield past OCHS. Mayfield capitalized on their second half chances, something that Owensboro Catholic could not do. The Cardinals contained Ray Zuberer except for a 75-yard TD in the first half. Zuberer threw two first half picks as well. Mayfield will host DeSales next week in the semifinals. This was the seventh straight regional title for Mayfield.
Elizabethtown 32 vs Caldwell County 27
In perhaps the best finish of the night; E-Town continued their undefeated season with a huge win over Caldwell County. Jack Wilson sent up a prayer of a Hail Mary that was caught by Peyton Payne for a touchdown with two seconds remaining. The 37-yard score gave E-Town their first regional title since 2003 and improved their record to 13-0. Wilson threw 168 yards and totaled four touchdowns. His counterpart, Shane Burns, was 20/28 for 324 yards and three touchdowns. The story of this game was the miracle pass in the closing seconds. The Hail Mary sends E-Town into a matchup with LexCath next Friday.
Shelby County 44 vs John Hardin 14
Very rarely do you see a team force a running clock in a regional title game. Shelby County jumped out to a 44-6 lead in the fourth quarter behind big games from Michael Perry and Malik Manica. Perry had 214 yards and three total touchdowns while Manica added 128 yards and two scores. John Hardin’s misdirections and options faltered for the first time in the postseason. The Bulldogs totaled 223 yards in the loss. Shelby County is now 12-1 and will take on the undefeated South Warren Spartans next week.
Bowling Green 41 vs Owensboro 12
If there was a statement win of the week, this is would be the one. Bowling Green struggled against Owensboro in their first meeting. That was not the case in Friday’s rematch. The Purples picked off Owensboro four times and ran two of them back for touchdowns. Bowling Green also held the Red Devils at the goal line three times. Jamale Carothers had a 76-yard TD run to lead the way for the Purples on offense. But Bowling Green’s defense was the story on Friday. They forced OHS to throw eight picks in their two games this season. Bowling Green will host Fern Creek next Friday.
In the past five seasons, BGHS is 67-3. That's a lot of good play by a lot of good players. Keep rollin'!
— Kevin Wallace (@kwallacebg) November 21, 2015
Lafayette 36 vs Scott County 30
We knew their would be some scoring in this regional final. Mason Alstatt lead the way with two rushing touchdowns, including an 89-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. Walker Wood threw for one touchdown and ran for two more. The breaking point came when the Generals led 30-23 late. Wood threw a 60-yard pass on 4th and 12 to Daquis Sharp to set up Alstatt’s final touchdown. This was Lafayette’s first regional title since 1985 and their first win over Scott County since 2009. Wood finished with 350 total yards for Lafayette.
I lied. Lafayette did this on 4th and 12. Unreal. pic.twitter.com/DwxHBdxJgq
— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) November 21, 2015
Male 20 vs Trinity 19
I almost didn’t want to include this due to the heartbreak on one side. Trinity marched down the field in the final minutes and tied the game. Jacob Woosley found Rodjay Burns in the end-zone with just over a minute to play. But Trinity missed the extra point to tie the game. The Rocks did not recover the onside kick and their season ended with their second loss to Male. Zackery Smith had a punt return for a touchdown and caught a 14-yard TD in the win. Male will take on Central Hardin next week.
The state semifinals are set for next week. Here are the matchups in all six classes:
- Beechwood at Russellville
- Pikeville at Paintsville (gonna be one hell of a rematch)
- DeSales at Mayfield (defending 2A Champ vs. defending 1A Champ)
- Danville at Newport Central Catholic
- LexCath at E-Town
- Corbin at Belfry
- Shelby County at South Warren
- Johnson Central at Wayne County
- Fern Creek at Bowling Green
- Pulaski County at Highlands (“I’m surprised to see Highlands go this far.” — No one)
- Male at Central Hardin
- Lafayette at Simon Kenton
Notes From Around the State
Highlands rebounded from a terrible start. The Bluebirds opened their season with a 1-5 record. The benefited from a front-loaded schedule and have since rolled on with a seven-game winning streak.
Zy’aire Hughes and McCracken County lost to Central Hardin. The UK-commit saw his high school career end with a 10-7 loss last night.
There are two defending state champions fighting for a title birth next week. With class realignments in the offseason, champions will face off in semi-state. The 2A Champs, DeSales, will have to defend their title by traveling to Western Kentucky to take on 2014’s 1A champion, Mayfield. In 5A, Pulaski County will defend their crown against last year’s 4A Champs, Ft. Thomas Highlands.