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Male Wins 6A Championsip

(Photo courtesy of KHSAA Events’ Twitter)

(Photo courtesy of KHSAA Events' Twitter)

(Photo courtesy of KHSAA Events’ Twitter)

Male wrapped up a 15-0 season with a 41-14 win over Lafayette in the KHSAA 6A State Title. The Bulldogs’ blowout win was good for the seventh state championship in school history. Hayden Shelton was the MVP after a 341 yard performance.

Male jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game. Devin Gentry found paydirt on a four yard run to cap off an eight play drive that took only two minutes and four seconds. Shelton found Zackery Smith for a 53-yard score on the following drive. As he did the whole night, Walker Wood carried Lafayette to their first points. The junior QB ran 55 yards to put Lafayette on the board in the second quarter. Following Wood’s scamper, Keion Wakefield caught a 19-yard TD in the second quarter to give Male a 20-7 lead at the half. It seemed that the Generals would be able to stay in the game throughout the second quarter and the beginning of the third. Wood found Quinten Brown for a 33-yard gain on the opening drive to set the Generals up in the red zone. Several plays later, a slant pass was tipped and intercepted by Zachary Hall. Lafayette would respond by intercepting Shelton at their own one following a long drive. Lafayette could never finish a drive and allowed Male to pull away late. Britt caught a 54-yard TD and Wakefield added another 19-yard score to boost Male’s lead to 28. The final nail in the coffin was an 81-yard pick six by Demetrius Holt in the fourth quarter to push the score to 41-7. Wood hit Brown from 11 yards out to cut it to 41-14. The final minutes were filled with unsportsmanlike conduct penalties by both teams. Several players ran on the field an pushed and shoved after a Lafayette player drug a Male lineman to the ground after the play. When the dust had settled, Male won 41-14.

Hayden Shelton threw four touchdowns and three interceptions on 15/27 passing for 341 yards. The Offensive MVP relied on Zackery Smith to make big plays all night. Smith caught eight passes for 150 yards and a touchdown. Wakefield, a UofL commit, caught two touchdowns. Lafayette got to Shelton four times and did not allow Gentry to have consistent success all night. Male ran for 38 yards on 28 carries. Gentry was the leading rusher with 46 yards and a score.

Male’s defense shined one more time as a group. Despite allowing 382 yards of total offense, Male bent without breaking on Saturday night. The Bulldogs forced three turnovers and sacked Wood four times in the win. Male finished with seven shutouts, 93 total points allowed, and allowed double figures in only four games this season. 

KHSAA Football fans should be happy that Walker Wood is only a junior. The UK-commit is a spectacular talent. Wood threw for 229 yards on 22/36 passing for one touchdown and two interceptions. On the ground, Wood totaled 136 yards on 33 carries and a touchdown. Wood had to take over the game entirely due to Male’s incredible defense. Mason Alstatt ran for only 27 yards on 13 carries and caught nine passes for 64 yards. Quinten Brown caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.  This was the final game of Landon Young’s high school career. The senior offensive lineman will be on the field next in the Army All-American Bowl.

The next game up is Bowling Green vs Pulaski County in the 5A Championship.

 

Article written by Trey Huntsman

The KSR Baseball guy. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanSEC.