The Boys of Fall: September 7



James Collier

The Ashland Beacon



   Ashland’s offense appeared to be clicking on all cylinders Friday night when the Tomcats entertained George Washington (Charleston, WV) in the 10th meeting between the programs.

   Ashland rolled off 448 yards of offense, but a pair of interceptions paired with 81 penalty yards proved to be too much to hold off the Patriots, as the Tomcats fell 35-21 at Putnam Stadium.

   Ashland led GW, 14-7 after one but a 21-point second quarter by the visitors proved to be too much for the Tomcats to overcome. The Patriots wasted little time in grabbing the early lead, using only 91 seconds on the opening possession to find pay dirt and a 53-yard hookup. Ashland answered the bell with a 6-yard touchdown from Bailey Thacker to Ricky Padron to tie the game at 7-7.

   Vinnie Palladino closed the first frame with a 3-yard scamper for the Tomcats only lead of the night, 14-7. Palladino paced the Ashland rushing attack with 101 yards on 15 carries and two scores. His second was Ashland’s only score of the second half, an 18-yard run with 1:45 to play in the third quarter.

   Thacker went 24 of 34 through the air for 242 yards but was picked off twice including a ball inside the redzone with the Tomcats down only seven. Padron had a career night with 11 catches for 123 yards. Brett Mullins added 100 yards on 14 totes.

   Ashland (1-2) will remain idle until Sept. 18 when it welcomes West Jessamine to Putnam Stadium. The game schedule for next Friday with Wheelersburg will not be played due to COVID-19 closures within the district that also halted all extracurricular activities until Sept. 13.



   Cameron Collins has shown he can make the best of his opportunities.

   The freshman recorded only nine carries Friday night in Boyd County’s visit to Vanceburg against Lewis County, and he made certain every one counted.

   Collins racked up 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Boyd County won the battle of the Lions with a 55-12 blowout of Lewis County. Collins rumbled for 106 yards in the opening 12 minutes. His touchdown runs tallied 28 and 55 yards.

   Boyd County (2-1) racked up 394 total yards of offense including 284 and five scores on the ground. Jacob Barrett had 59 yards and a score. Rhett Holbrook added a quintet of scores, rushing for a pair and throwing for three more. Holbrook had only one incompletion in six attempts for 99 yards. Holbrook has scoring throws to Dakota Thompson, Josiah Thacker and Trey Holbrook.

   Boyd County’s defense held Lewis County to 116 total yards and recorded 14 tackles for loss in the win.

   Boyd County welcomes Greenup County Friday night.



   Raceland coach Mike Salmons said things may have been a bit too easy for his Rams in the early going of their visit to Rowan County Friday night.

   Afterall, the Rams lead by 20 twice in the first half and looked poised to make a push toward a running clock affair. Rowan County, however, had a different plan.

   Trailing 27-7 with 10:08 to play in the second quarter, the Vikings turned in touchdown runs of 61 and 67 yards by Rocky Miller to trail the Rams 27-20 at the break.

   But in a battle of the last name Wallace, it was Raceland’s Noah Wallace who prevailed over Cole Wallace to lead the Rams to a 50-26 win at Paul Ousley Field. Wallace racked up 136 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown on a night that Raceland’s offense rushed for 334 yards and amassed 479 yards of total offense.

   Isaac Browning flanked Wallace in the backfield while visiting the endzone twice with runs of 80 yards to open the second and a 1-yard dive midway through the third. Browning’s first touchdown came after the back appeared to be stopped in the backfield for a loss, managed to slip free for positive yardage, then found daylight after a devastating spin move left the would-be tackler hugging air as Browning blew past him.

   Raceland (2-1) limited Rowan County to a late touchdown in the final stanza and under 50 yards of offense in the second half. The Vikings had only five first downs and failed to convert on all eight third down attempts.

   Logan Lundy threw for 145 yards and two touchdowns, both to Conner Hughes. The duo hooked up from 25 yards for the first points in the game and closed the scoring with a 1-yard strike with 5:21 to play in the game.

   Raceland welcomes its bye week before traveling to West Carter on Sept. 17.



   One cannot stop what it cannot catch.

   That was the case for Russell in the Devils visit to Wheelersburg Friday night.

   The Pirates visited the endzone early and often in the first half and was nursing a 28-0 edge in the third quarter before the Devils found the scoreboard. After a scoreless first quarter, Wheelersburg bookend a 3-yard touchdown run with 18 and 62-yard touchdown passes for a 21-0 lead at the break.

   Russell’s first points came on a Nathan Totten 38-yard field goal midway through the third and back-to-back Bradley Rose touchdown strikes to open the fourth gave the visiting Devils a glimmer of hope with 3:50 to play in the contest. Rose found Doug Oborne on a 59-yard strike 11 seconds into the fourth then followed with a 71-yard bomb to Carson Patrick with 3:50 to play. The Pirates, however, found a quick answer less than 90 seconds later to squash any rally bid efforts by the Devils.

   Rose finished 8 of 18 for 157 yards through the air. Andre Crews had 51 yards on 13 carries. Russell tallied only 214 total yards of offense and was held to only six first downs as they suffered their first loss of the year.

   Russell (2-1) visits Lawrence County Thursday night.



   Greenup County was happy just to get on the field Friday night after the Musketeers first two games were wiped out due to COVID-19.

   Unfortunately for the Musketeers, the outcome was not what they had planned as the Bulldogs ran away with a 34-7 lead after the contest was knotted at 7-7 at the break.

   On a night Greenup County paid tribute to the late Jamie Kennedy who served as the line coach for the Musketeers by donning a sticker on the side of the new green lids, Lawrence County proved to be too tough to tame for 48 minutes of football.

   Lawrence County tallied two scores in each quarter of the second half to cruise to the lopsided win. The Bulldogs used bookended 58-yard runs to sandwich 57 and 10 yard scoring runs in the second half. Lawrence County racked up 223 yards on only 21 totes and threw for 121 more. Greenup County finished only 95 yards on the ground and 66 through the air in the debut of freshman quarterback Tyson Sammons, younger brother of former Greenup County standout, Eli Sammons.

   Sammons accounted for the only Musketeers score with a 6-yard run late in the second quarter.

   Greenup County (0-1) visits Boyd County Friday night.

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