The Boys of Fall - September 22

 

James Collier

For The Beacon

 

GREENUP CO. 43

FAIRVIEW 0

   Quintan Farrow had hopes of displaying his worth to Greenup County last season. Unfortunately for the junior, a season-ending ACL tear occurred in the season-opener at Raceland and he has been in recovery mode ever since.

   He appeared to be well recovered Friday night as Greenup County pounced Fairview 43-0 in Westwood.

   Farrow racked up 165 yards on 13 carries—all in the first half—while visiting the endzone twice. The senior tailback raced 32 yards to paydirt to start a 36-point, second quarter explosion by the Musketeers. His 2 point-conversion with 25 seconds to play in the half put the clock in motion the remainder of the game.

   Sophomore Carson Wireman looked sharp in his first start for the Musketeers. He was 5 of 7 for 103 yards through the air while tossing three scores. He also converted each of his five extra point attempts.

   Brayden Craycraft and Auston Clarkson each caught touchdowns in the win.

   Defensively, Greenup County suffocated the Fairview attack to the tune of 69 total yards of offense. Fairview fumbled the rock 10 times, losing four of them.

   Jeremy Harper led the Eagles with two carries for 32 yards. He also completed a pass for 29 yards to Cody Caldwell. Tanner Johnson went 4 of 8 while throwing a pair of picks.

   Although most went Greenup County’s way in its season opener, the Musketeers were flagged nine times for 80 yards.

   Greenup County welcomes Raceland Friday night in the Battle for US23 on “The Farm.”

 

RUSSELL 42

MONTGOMERY CO. 8

  Russell traveled to Mt. Sterling Friday night and cruised to a 42-8 win over the Montgomery County Indians. Nathan Conley rushed for three scores in the first half and also hauled in a 57 yard touchdown pass from Charlie Jachimczuk. Jachimczuk also intercepted a pass and returned it 38 yards to paydirt and connected with Carson Patrick for 78 yards and the final score on the night.

   Conley finished with 93 yards on the ground and Jachimczuk had 163 yards through the air.

   The Red Devils travel to Fleming County Friday.

WEST CARTER 40

BOYD COUNTY 0

   Boyd County did everything it could to take the air out of the ball against West Carter and Leetavious Cline Friday night in Olive Hill.

   Unfortunately, the Comets plugged the hole behind a 273-yard rushing before from Cline in a 40-0 defeat of the Lions.

   Boyd County held West Carter in check in the first quarter, limiting Cline to only 24 yards as both teams searched for traction. However, it would be the Comets who found their stride first behind runs of 56, 58 and 59-yard scampers from Cline.

   Joe Lusby saved touchdowns on two of the three breakaways before Cline tallied his longest run of the night on his final carry.

   Logan Staten paced the Lions with 40 yards on 11 carries and was 4 of 9 through the air. Staten also led the Lions with eight tackles. Josiah Thacker’s lone catch of 40 yards was best from the receivers. Jacob Kelly added 26 yards on 15 totes.

   Boyd County returns home Friday night as it welcomes Harrison County.

EAST JESSAMINE 35

RACELAND 27

   East Jessamine appeared ready to run Raceland out of the stadium Saturday night at Bath County in the Rob Withrow Memorial Bowl Game.

   The Jaguars took a 21-0 lead only 50 seconds into the second stanza and was seemingly imposing their will on the Rams. By the time the clock struck zero, the Jaguars were simply happy to escape with a win.

   Raceland pulled to within six in the second quarter and was driving at the end of the contest with a chance to tie when the Rams’ ninth fourth-down conversion of the night failed allowing East Jessamine to escape with a 35-27 win.

   Jake Heighton lifted the Rams back into contention in the matchup with a touchdown strike to Nick Bowling followed by a 2-yard plunge to make it 21-15 with 2:38 to play in the half. The Rams, however, could not slow the fierce pace of the Jaguars, most notably, tailback Tajii Jackson who tallied 253 yards on 26 carries. With the Rams keying on him, quarterback Connor Darby slipped into the endzone untouched for a 28-15 led at the break.

   Both quarterbacks added touchdown scores in the third frame and Hunter Correll recorded a scoop-and-score by the defense after a Jackson fumble on the Jaguars’ 28-yard line that made it 35-27 with 7:07 to play in the game.

   Raceland appeared to have East Jessamine pinned deep on the ensuing drive after they started at their own 3, but the Jags drove down to the Rams 24 before stalling out on fourth down. Although East Jessamine failed to score, Raceland was left with only 1:20 and a timeout to march 76 yards for a chance at overtime.

   Heighton gave the Rams another breath of life after completing a 40-yard pass to Parker Gallion that moved the Rams to the Jags’ 35 with 1:03 to play in the contest. But the Rams could not convert anymore as a Michael Meade 2-yard run on fourth-and-five ended the rally cry.

   Heighton finished 17 of 29 through the air for 231 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 61 yards and two scores. He was named the Offensive MVP for the Rams.

   Connor Hughes led the Rams with eight grabs for 80 yards. Gallion had three catches for 78.

   JD Melvin led the Rams defensively and was named the Defensive MVP for the Rams.

   Raceland travels to Greenup County in a Battle for US23 Friday night.


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