The Boys of Fall 9-12-23

The Boys of Fall 

James Collier

Ashland Beacon




 Ashland had to play from behind early at Bardstown but turned in another 40-point performance with a 45-24 win. 

LaBryant Strader threw for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win. Maverick Ashby led the Tomcats on the ground with 91 yards on four carries including a 47-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Braxton Jennings had 81 yards on 15 totes and a pair of touchdowns. He also added a 64-yard touchdown grab for the Tomcats first score of the game. 

Cam Davis put the Tomcats back in front for good to close the first quarter with a 95-yard kickoff return. He added a 45-yard touchdown pass from Strader to open the scoring in the second. 

Ashland visits Russell Friday. 




A five-game losing streak and a 41-9 embarrassment in the 2022 State Championship to Pikeville was the challenge Raceland faced when the Rams headed down US23 in a battle of one versus two in Class A football. 

The Panthers marched down the field on the opening drive capped off with a 38-yard touchdown grab and a 6-0 lead. But the Rams would block the point after attempt which would later prove to be one of the biggest plays of the contest. 

Raceland responded with a 15-play, 70-yard drive with Noah Wallace rumbling to paydirt for the final five yards to give the Rams a 7-6 lead after one in what proved to be the final points of the affair but the remaining three periods featured some of the biggest plays of the year. 

Raceland pinned Pikeville on their own 8-yard line late in the game, but the Panthers moved the ball to inside the one on 16 plays to threaten to retake the lead. On fourth-and-goal, the Rams defense stood tall with a stop at the half yard line to force a turnover on downs. Pinned in their own endzone, Raceland called a halfback pass from Jaxon Heighton to Parker Ison for 82 yards. Two plays later, the Rams fumbled the football back to the Panthers who promptly marched to the Rams 20. Elias Jackson playing in his first game back from injury this season pounced on the loose ball from the Panthers running back to regain the pigskin for the Rams.

With the offense stalling out shy of the marker to gain, the Rams punted the ball back to the Panthers in the final two minutes of the game. Ty Tyson made two of the biggest hits on the night with a clean shot on the Panthers quarterback on second down that knocked him out of the game followed by a tackle for loss on third down that left the Panthers against a fourth and 12. The pass skipped off the turf to give the Rams their second ever win in Pikeville with the first coming in 1957. 

Wallace had 65 yards on 13 carries for the Rams. 

Raceland welcomes Ft. Thomas Highlands Friday night in their first contest at Rams Stadium this season. 



Everyone in the stadium knew Tyson Sammons was the dude for Greenup County. 

Yet the junior quarterback showed why he is one of the toughest players in the state after racking up 415 total yards of offense to lead the Musketeers to a 46-36 shootout win over the Raiders on ‘The Farm’.

Sammons threw for 255 yards ran for another 160 while accounting for seven total TDs. Sammons threw for four TDS—three to Aiden Gue—and ran for three more including a 71-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. Gue caught five passes for 127 yards with touchdown grabs of 58, 49 and 15 yards. Drew Boggs had a 30-yard TD grab to close the first frame.

Greenup County travels to Montgomery County Friday night. 



Boyd County snapped a two-game losing streak with a 45-21 hammering of Mason County. 

Rhett Holbrook scored five touchdowns, three rushing and two through the air to lead the Lions to their first win since Week 1. Holbrook went 16 of 23 for 159 yards while running for 145 yards on 18 totes. Camaron Collins rushed for 84 yards and added a TD. Cole Hicks caught six passes for 78 yards and a pair of scores. Cole Hicks snagged a pair of interceptions. 

Boyd County exercises its bye week this week before heading to Johnson Central on the 22nd.



Russell needed a get-well game after a tough loss on the road last week. 

Magoffin County was the opposition for Russell but the Devils never felt the sting of the Hornets after delivering a 53-14, Homecoming stomping. 

Ethan Pack went 11 of 13 through the air for 127 yards and four TDs with Parker Mitchell on the receiving end of the first three. Mitchell had scoring grabs of 27 and 12 yards in the first quarter followed with a 21 yarder in the second. Mitchell finished with five catches for 74 yards. Andre Richardson-Crews ran for 124 yards on eight totes highlighted by a 57-yard scamper in the second quarter. 

Ben Totten added a pair of scores with a pick-6 before half and a 9-yard run to open the third. 

Russell welcomes Ashland Friday night before starting district play at Fleming in two weeks. 



Fairview fell to Morgan County, 62-22. 

Jace Manning threw for 208 yards and three touchdowns in the losing effort. Xavien Kouns hauled in 90 yards on five grabs and three scores. Roman Mayes had five catches for 64 yards. Jace Murray added 54 yards on two catches.

Fairview visits Green, OH Friday.

Celebrate Ashland’s Heritage at Poage Landing Days

Celebrate Ashland’s Heritage at Poage Landing Days

The Ashland Beacon

Kathy Clayton


                Anyone looking for fun, free activities need look no further than the annual Poage Landing Days Festival in Ashland being held on September 15-17.

                “We want to emphasize that this is a free, family-friendly event,” said Christy Meade, President of the Poage Landing Days Board of Directors. “All of our entertainment events are free, and we encourage everyone to come down and enjoy the atmosphere of a fun festival.


Many fan-favorite events are returning this year. Meade shared, “The Cincinnati Circus is back this year; it’s been a crowd-pleaser. The Southern Fried Cone Fest will be in a different venue this year, on the riverfront, which gives it a little different look. And of course, we have the live music.”  The always popular arts and crafts tent, and street and food vendors will also be part of the celebration. The circus and skateboard event will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

“One thing we’re trying out this year on Friday night is we’re live-streaming the Ashland/Russell football game on a big screen at Broadway Square. The library staff is helping set that up,” Meade said.

                The event opens at noon on Friday, stretching through four blocks on Winchester Avenue, featuring crafts, street vendors, food vendors, and the children’s amusement area with free inflatables. Live music starts at noon on Saturday, on two different stages.

                “There’s a block-long food court between 15th and 16th streets with 20 food vendors. We have 44 setting up in the arts and crafts tent, and another 50 specialty vendors setting up in the streets,” Meade stated.

                She also pointed out that the annual beauty pageant for ages birth through 15 will be held Saturday afternoon at Broadway Square. “Anyone wishing to participate can register on the website or starting at 2 p.m. the day of the event.” The website is

                “We are calling Sunday an all-day fellowship service,” Meade explained. “There will be a worship service at 11 then music the rest of the day. It’s the first time we’ve done an all-day Sunday event, so we hope everyone will come out for it.”

                Meade praised the board and the multitude of volunteers who helped make the festival one of the most popular events in the area. “It takes a great community partnership to make this happen with the support of our local businesses who sponsor the event. We have a great committee of volunteers and a volunteer board of directors who work hard all year. We couldn’t do this without them.”

                Poage Landing Days is recognized as one of the top festivals in Kentucky by the Kentucky Main Street Program.

Boy's Soccer Recap

Boys’ Soccer Recap 

James Collier 

Ashland Beacon 


Ashland fell in both contests this week with losses to Russell (2-0) and George Rogers Clark (7-0). The Tomcats went into intermission knotted at zero against the Red Devils but were unable to find the net in the second half and fell 2-0. 

Ashland welcomes Boyd County Tuesday and Fleming County Thursday. 


Boyd County went 1-1 this week with a 4-3 win over West Carter and a 2-0 loss to East Carter. 

Joseph Blankenship had a pair of goals and added an assist in the win over West Carter. Aiden McCoy and Eli Shelton added goals. Cameron Stanton had two assists. Conner Davis had three saves in the goal. 

Davis had four goal saves in the loss to East Carter. 

Boyd County visits Ashland Tuesday. 


Russell went 1-0 this week with a 2-0 win over Ashland. Ben Totten and Alan Benitez Ramires had goals. Brylee Mullins and Jacob Lodwick added assists. Caden Hampton had three saves in the shutout. 

Russell visits Lawrence County Wednesday and welcomes Hurricane, WV Saturday. 


Greenup County went 1-1 this week with a win over Harvest Christian Academy and a loss to Lawrence County. 

Brantley Snider had the lone goal in the Musketeers 9-1 loss to Lawrence County. Owen Collier had 16 saves in the losing effort. 

Easton Sparks and Karter Gilliam tallied a hat trick to lead Greenup to a 10-1 win over Harvest Christian. Elijah Brown, Nate Crum, Carter Nunley and Michael Colley added goals. Crum had 

three assists, Brown added two and Elijah Beach and Snider added one. Collier had 15 saves and did not allow a goal in the net. 

Greenup County welcomes Bath County Tuesday, visits Johnson Central Thursday and welcomes Shelby Valley Saturday.

Girls' Soccer Recap

Girls’ Soccer Recap 

James Collier 

Ashland Beacon 


Ashland went 1-1 this week with a 10-0 win over Rowan County and a 4-2 loss to Russell. 

Kenleigh Woods and Milei Baker netted goals in the loss to Russell. Baker added an assist. Mallorie Caudill had 13 goal saves. 

Woods scored six goals in the shutout over Rowan County. Baker added three. Macie Bevins had a goal. Kylee Fields and Emma Vanhorn assisted on goals. 

Ashland welcomes Boyd County Tuesday, visits Minford, OH Thursday and welcomes Montgomery County Saturday. 


Boyd County went 1-1 this week with a 2-0 win over West Carter and a 5-2 loss to Prestonsburg. 

Alexis Boyd had two goals in the win over West Carter. Sophia Stevens had seven goal saves in the shutout. 

Faith Burnside had both Lions goals in the loss to Prestonsburg. 

Boyd County visits Ashland Tuesday and Gallia Academy, OH Thursday. 


Russell went 2-0 this week with wins over Ashland and East Carter. 

Ava Quinn netted two goals and an assist in Russell’s 4-2 win over Ashland. Emma Stamper and Kaelyn Howard added goals. Eva Blanke added an assist. Gabrielle Williams had 10 goal saves. 

Blanke had a hat trick and Stamper kicked in a pair to lead Russell to a 5-2 win over East Carter. Quinn added an assist. Williams had three saves. 

Russell is idle until Sept. 11. 


Greenup County went 0-2 this week with losses to Bath County (4-2) and Morgan County (2-1). 

Haley Hall and Brianna Vansickle each had a goal in the loss to Bath County. Mikenzie Boltz had 19 saves in the goal. 

No stats were reported in the loss to Morgan. 

Greenup welcomes Spring Valley Monday and Johnson Central Tuesday.

Volleyball Recaps

Volleyball Recap 

James Collier 

Ashland Beacon 


     Ashland went 1-1 this week with a 3-0 win over Russell and a 3-2 loss to Boyd. Ashland went ahead 2-1 against Boyd but couldn’t hold off the Lady Lions and dropped the last two sets. 

     Ashland welcomes Fairview Tuesday, Fleming County Wednesday, East Carter Thursday and plays in the Boyd County Invitational Saturday. 


     Boyd County went 1-1 this week with a 3-2 win over Ashland and 3-2 loss at Wayne, WV. 

     Taylor Bartrum had 24 kills and six blocks in a loss to Wayne. Audrey Biggs had seven kills. Sydney Clark added six. 

     Bartrum had 25 kills to lead Boyd to a win over Ashland. Biggs had 11 and added eight blocks. Lilah Thornsbury had nine. 

     Boyd travels to Raceland Tuesday. 


     Fairview went 0-3 this week with losses to Rose Hill, West Carter and Lawrence County. 

     Fairview fell 3-0 to Rose Hill. Makenzi Slone had eight kills. Lilly McGlone added five. Oliva Meade had four aces. 

     Sloan had 22 kills and four aces in Fairview’s 3-2 loss to West Carter. McGlone had eight. Madison Loving had five aces. 

     Slone and Loving had seven kills in a 3-0 loss to Lawrence County. Loving added four aces. 

     Fairview visits Ashland Tuesday, welcomes Chesapeake Wednesday, visits Raceland Thursday and plays in the Boyd County Invitational Saturday. 


     Rose Hill went 2-2 this week with wins over Fairview and Huntington St. Joe and losses to Ignite, WV and Raceland. 

     Abigail Justice had 12 kills and four assists to lead Rose Hill to a 3-0 win over Fairview. Isabel Hensley added eight kills. 

     Hensley had six kills each in the Royals 3-0 losses to Ignite and Raceland. 

     No stats were reported in the win over St. Joe. 

      Rose Hill visits Greenup County Tuesday, welcomes West Carter Thursday and visits Elliott County Friday. 


     Raceland went 2-0 this week with wins over East Carter and Rose Hill. 

     Shaelee Holbrook had 17 kills and Gracie Reed added 10 in a 3-1 win over East Carter. Kaylee Braden had eight kills. 

     Skyler Brown-Morris had 11 kills in a 3-0 win over Rose Hill. Holbrook and Braden added nine. Holbrook and Kody Haddix had four aces. 

     Raceland welcomes Boyd County Tuesday and Fairview Thursday. 


     Russell went 1-1 this week with a 3-0 win over Greenup and a 3-0 loss to Ashland. 

     Josie Collins and Carmin Corey each had 11 kills in the win over Greenup County. Jaycee Hall had five. 

     Corey had 15 kills in the loss to Ashland. Collins added 13. 

     Russell visits East Carter Tuesday. 


     Greenup went 2-1 this week with wins over Coal Grove and West Carter and a loss to Russell. 

     Peyton Powell had 13 kills and seven aces to lead Greenup to a 3-0 win over Coal Grove. 

     Powell had 10 kills in the 3-0 loss to Russell. 

     Powell’s 17 kills led Greenup to a 3-1 win over West Carter. Lucy Roy had seven. Rilee Dillow kicked in six and added 10 aces. 

     Greenup welcomes Lawrence County Monday, Rose Hill Tuesday and meets Whitley County Friday in the Class 2A Championships.