Updated 1 year ago
With the completion of round three over the weekend, the high school playoff field was narrowed down to four teams in each class. Here are some of the highlights from round three.
Max Nussbaum scored five touchdowns, picked off a pass and returned a punt 56 yards to lead Beechwood to its third straight playoff victory over Frankfort 35-13. Nussbaum rushed for 140 yards and ran for four TDs. He also caught a 54-yard touchdown pass. Aaron Jackson caught a pair of Chris Hawkins touchdown tosses for both of Frankfort's scores.
Jordan Olinger ran for 106 yards on just four carries, and scored the game's only touchdown, as Hazard slipped by Williamsburg 7-0.
Somerset continued its domination of Danville, making it six straight wins in the last four years with a 31-7 victory. Briar Jumper quarterback Castle Hatcher completed 8-of-19 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns. Mistakes killed Danville's chances. The Admirals fumbled seven times, turned the ball over four times in the second half and got flagged for eight penalties. An illegal block call negated a Danville touchdown.
After falling behind 7-0 early, Belfry scored 35 unanswered points and cruised to a 41-20 victory over 3A No. 1 Breathitt County. Belfry quarterback Sani Warren rushed for 98 yards and scored three touchdowns. He also threw a TD pass and picked off a Richard Trent pass on defense. Sophomore running back Austin Hatfield rushed for 166 yards.
Bourbon County running back Kentayvous Hopkins exploded for 304 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-13 Colonel win over Mason County. Bourbon County quarterback Dalton Pope threw for 102 yards and tossed a pair of touchdowns.
Deris Cox rolled up 149 yards on 22 carries to lift Louisville Central to a 14-10 victory over Bell County. Cox scored both of the Yellow Jacket touchdowns.
Lexington Catholic quarterback Reese Ryan threw for 238 yards and one touchdown pass, as the Knights knocked off Boyle County 27-16 in the latest installment in what has become an intense rivalry. Amoh Kumengisa scored two rushing TDs for Catholic and finished with 70 yards. David Bouvier caught eight balls for 130 receiving yards. Catholic trailed 16-0 at halftime, but out-gained Boyle County 306 yards to 38 in the second half. Seph Burke scored both Rebel touchdowns. Casey Whittle hit Burke on an 8-yard pass, and the junior found the end zone on a 2-yard run late in the second quarter.
The Lexington Catholic win sets up a matchup with defending champ Highlands. The Bluebirds earned a 28-13 victory over Covington Catholic. Quarterback Donovan McCoy rushed for 84 yards and all four Highland touchdowns. He also finished with 145 yards through the air.
Conventional wisdom proved true in a game of offense versus defense. The Cooper D held the high flying Franklin County offense to 27 points and the Jaguars came away with a 40-27 victory. A.J. Collins rushed for 172 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Cooper. The Jag defense held prolific Flyer running back Ryan Timmons in check. The senior finished with 81 rushing yards and a touchdown, and 39 receiving yards with one TD catch.
Carson Whitehead rushed for 138 yards and scored a pair of running touchdowns, as Harlan County crushed Pulaski County 46-12. The Black Bears finished with 372 rushing yards, getting production from 11 different backs.
Dieries Dumphord paced a Scott County rushing attack that amassed 321 total yards on the ground in a 47-9 thumping of Simon Kenton. Dumphord finished with 159 yards and a touchdown. Cardinal quarterback Clay McKee only threw four passes, but he completed three of them for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Kevo Edwards rushed for 94 yards and scored a TD.