For The Beacon
ROWAN COUNTY 7
Russell was just happy to see an opponent Friday night regardless of who it may have been. After all, it was the third different team the Devils had scheduled for their season opener and they took full advantage.
Senior Charlie Jachimczuk showed off a new-look offense for the Red Devils as they torched Rowan County 37-7 at Henry R. Evans Stadium.
Jachimczuk completed 13 of 20 passing attempts for 122 yards while tossing a pair of touchdowns in the lopsided win. Jachimczuk’s touchdowns bookend a pair of rushing scores, one by Jachimczuk, in a 27-point second stanza.
Senior Chase Snedegar dented the scoreboard first for Russell with a 1-yard plunge with 5:33 to play in the first. Snedegar’s score was the ultimate payoff for the previous two years that saw him battle injuries throughout.
Russell scored on five of its first six possessions while showing off the numerous scoring options it has available this season. Carson Patrick hauled in a 28-yard score to open the second quarter, Nathan Conley found the endzone three minutes later with a 3-yard plunge and Hunter Martin’s 3-yard grab closed out the first half scoring for the Red Devils.
Conley led the Red Devils with 43 yards on only eight carries. Martin recorded four grabs for 63 yards, including a 44-yard snag on fourth down that carried the Red Devils to the Vikings one.
Russell is scheduled to travel to Montgomery County Friday night.
BOYD COUNTY 55
BATH COUNTY 11
Boyd County’s offense glistened like the brand-new playing service Friday night at Boyd County High School.
By the time the game went final, there were few places a Lions’ footstep had not landed after a 55-11 beatdown of Bath County.
The Lions raced up and down the new turf to the tune of 427 yards of rushing with a pair of backs breaking 100 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Logan Staten led the attack with 153 yards on seven totes and Jacob Kelley added 104 yards on eight carries. Staten accounted for five scores in the contest, four rushing and 18-yard pass to Austin Gibbs. Staten’s scoring runs consisted of 6, 43, 66 and 44 yards. Kelley reached the endzone once, a 4-yard score to open the third. Jacob Meade and Dakota Thompson each accounted for rushing scores, 31 and 43 yards, respectively.
Boyd County’s defense also shined in the win, limiting the Wildcats to only 188 total yards of offense while picking off four Zane Blevins passes.
Boyd County is scheduled to travel to West Carter Friday night.
MORGAN COUNTY 6
Fairview snapped a 14-game losing streak with a dominating win over Morgan County last season.
Friday night in Westwood was anything but a repeat of last year.
Fairview’s led over Morgan County was only 8-6 after three frames but the Eagles 12-point fourth quarter outburst was enough to secure a 20-6 victory.
Tanner Johnson, playing in his first game since middle school, hooked up with Jeremy Harper for a 31-yard touchdown just before the half and an 8-0 lead.
Morgan County answered with its only score of the night midway through the third, but Fairview pulled through in the final 12 minutes.
Johnson and Harper hooked up only seven seconds into the final stanza for a 12-6 lead and the defense sealed the win on a 22-yard Cody Caldwell pick-6.
Gracin Smith paced the Eagles’ offense with 110 rushing yards on 13 carries. Johnson finished 4 of 8 for 51 yards through the air. Harper had all four catches.
Fairview is scheduled to visit Greenup County Friday night.
It was a long night for Raceland Saturday night in its season opener against the defending Class A State Champion Pikeville Panthers.
It took nearly four hours to complete the affair thanks to a pair of weather delays totaling 1 hour and 17 minutes with the second being accompanied by a steady downpour.
Both teams traded turnovers in the opening quarter. Rams’ quarterback Jake Heighton lost the handle on their first snap of the season, handing the Panthers the football at the Rams’ 10-yard line. But the defense stood tall, forcing Pikeville into a field-goal attempt that was missed.
Senior Michael Meade intercepted Isaac McNamee near midfield but the offense which was sluggish at best for most of the night, stalled out.
Pikeville broke the scoring barrier with 3:12 to go in the first after Blake Birchfield streaked 53 yards to the endzone on a third-and-one for the Panthers.
The first weather delay of the night due to lightning saw the defending champs find a spark of their own after Heighton pinned them on their own one.
Pikeville marched 99 yards on 17 plays, consuming over eight minutes of clock, finishing on a Nate Collins 3-yard plunge and a 15-0 lead at the half. Pikeville was 1 of 6 on third down conversions prior to the drive but converted all four attempts on the march to paydirt.
McNamee finally hooked up with Zac Lockhart for a 72-yard score pushing the edge to 22-0 with 3:50 to play in the third.
Birchfield struck again late in the final quarter with a 41-yard run, again on third down, to put the game out of reach.
Raceland found the scoreboard late on a 54-yard touchdown from Heighton to Connor Hughes. Heighton finished 15 of 27 for 143 yards and a score. He was intercepted on a deflected pass near the goal line in the final minute of play.
Pikeville tallied 225 yards of rushing to Raceland’s 78, both tallying 33 carries. Raceland fumbled three times in the affair with Pikeville recovering all three.
Raceland is scheduled to play East Jessamine Saturday at Bath County in the Rob Withrow Memorial Ironman Bowl.