The Boys of Fall - September 21



James Collier

The Ashland Beacon



   After a slow and sluggish start to their season, the Tomcats looked like they were fueled by 93 octane Saturday night in a visit from West Jessamine. 

   Ashland tallied 490 total yards of offense—326 coming on the ground—to buck the Colts 58-21 at Putnam Stadium. 

   Vinnie Palladino and Brett Mullins both cracked 100 rushing yards on the night that sent the Tomcats to the locker room leading 28-7. Mullins scampered 148 yards on 11 carries and gave the Tomcats the lead in the first on a 40-yard dash in to the end zone. Palladino led the way with 156 yards and three scores of 19, 10 and five yards. 

   Terell Jordan snagged a pair of Bailey Thacker touchdown passes, his first going for 29 yards in the second quarter and a 41 yarder in the third. Ricky Padron led the way with six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown, a 41 yarder early in the second quarter. 

   Brandon Houston added a 1-yard plunge late in the fourth and SJ Lycans 36-yard field goal with 91 seconds remained closed the scoring for the night. 

   Ashland welcomes Bourbon County Friday night at 7:30 p.m.



   A defensive slugfest and an offensive spurt could define Raceland’s visit to West Carter Friday night. 

   Fortunately for the Rams, that spurt was in their favor. 

   Nearly 17 minutes of game time expired before the scoreboard displayed anything other than zeros in the scoring column, but by the time the halftime period came, the Rams had mounted a 21-0 lead and would need no more to cruise to their third win of the year. 

   Raceland’s first scoring drive took nearly as long as it took for the first points of the game to come. The Rams strung together an 11-play, 65-yard drive that consumed 5:43 off the clock that was fueled by a pair of fourth down conversions, the second which resulted in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Logan Lundy to Parker Fannin with 7:57 to play in the half.

   Less than two minutes later, Noah Wallace stepped in front of Comets’ quarterback Eli Estepp’s pass and rumbled 65 yards to paydirt for the Pick-6 and a 14-0 lead. The Rams’ final score came just 32 seconds before the half when Lundy found Fannin again—a pass that was thrown into triple coverage—with Fannin managing to slip free of the trio of tacklers to scamper into the endzone. 

   Lundy was 10 of 17 for 101 yards through the air with a pair of touchdowns. Both Fannin grabs went for scores. Isaac Browning led the Rams with 43 rushing yards on five totes. Wallace added 32 on seven carries. 

   Rams’ linebacker Jaxon Heighton recorded his first interception of the season Odell Beckem style after snagging the pass with one hand while falling backward to set up the final score before the break. 

   West Carter recorded three turnovers in the contest while going a combined 6 of 19 on third and fourth down. 

   Raceland returns home for the first time this season with a visit from Greenup County Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Battle of US23. 



   Nothing is more devastating that failing multiple times to get into the endzone from your opponent’s 1-yard line. That is unless after doing so the opponent marches 99 yards for a score. 

   That was exactly what Russell did Friday night in its homecoming matchup with Montgomery County. 

   Late in the second frame, the Indians had the ball on the Devils’ two facing second-and-goal. Three plays later, Russell took over on downs at their own one. Add nine Russell plays to that mix for a Bradley Rose 5-yard touchdown strike to Carson Patrick for a 17-7 lead at the break. 

   By the time the Indians once again found the endzone, it was early in the fourth quarter and the Devils had tacked on two more scores for a 38-21 win. 

   Rose was near perfect on the night, going 15 of 17 for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Doug Oborne was on the receiving end of the lone points in the third, a 47-yard bomb that pushed the lead to 17. 

   Andre Crews was busy in the rushing attack, stomping 148 yards on 13 carries across the grass on Ivan McGlone Field while adding a pair of fourth quarter scores to this stat line. His first was an 11-yard run less than 90 seconds into the final stanza and the second, a 5-yard scamper late. But his best run of the night came on the Devils 99-yard drive in the second quarter, when the sophomore raced 62-yards to move his team deep into Indians territory. 

   Nathan Totten 33-yard field goal opened the scoring in the first and Noah Keeton returned a kickoff 64 yards with 11 minutes to play in the half to put the Devils in front for good. 

   Russell visits Paul Lawrence Dunbar (Lexington) Friday night at 7:30 p.m.



   Anyone with Rowan County on the schedule this season cringed after learning the Vikings tailback Cole Wallace was not done yet. 

   Wallace took advantage of SB128 to return for a fifth year of high school and the bullish back has been reaping the rewards. Friday night in a visit to the Farm at Greenup County, he added to an already stellar resume that is accented with 5,000-plus rushing yards in his career. 

   Add another 216 to that total. Wallace 80-yard scamper to open the third put an explanation point behind his total after his lone score gave the Vikings a bit of breathing room after leading the Musketeers 9-3 at the break. 

   A Rowan County touchdown late in the second quarter was the deciding factor between the teams who traded field goals in the opening half. Matthew Tipton’s 28 yarder got the Musketeers on the board going in. 

   But the boys in green and gold would not find the endzone until the opening seconds of the fourth when Tyson Sammons darted 13 yards for the score.

   Greenup County outrushed Rowan County as a team, 275-241 with Sammons accounting for 102 yards on 10 carries. Braxton Noble added 99 yards on 22 totes. 

   Greenup County visits Raceland Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Battle of US23.


   Boyd County’s defense has been downright stingy this season. 

   However, went the Lions visited the Mason County Friday night, they appeared to be in a giving mood. 

   The Royals recorded five Lions takeaways and halted their offense for much of the contest while torching the Maysville airstream for a 34-0 shutout win. 

   A pair of first quarter scores gave Mason County a 15-0 lead. Two rushing touchdowns in the second ballooned the Royals lead to 27 at the break. The final score of the affair come to start the third quarter on a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. 

   Boyd County was limited to only 224 total yards of offense with 183 on the ground. Jacob Barrett led the Lions with 53 yards. Dakota Thompson added 52.

   Boyd County opens district play with a trip to Harrison County Friday night at 7:30 p.m.



   Fairview fell 36-21 to Green, Ohio Saturday night. 

   Tanner Johnson led the Eagles offensive attack with 289 yards and a touchdown through the air and 60 rushing yards, including a pair of scores. Jeremy Harper snagged five balls for 138 yards. Cody Caldwell had 89 yards and a touchdown. 

   Camron Mitchell led the Eagles with 14 tackles. Caldwell added 13. 

   Fairview welcomes Jenkins Friday night at 7:30 p.m.