The Ashland Beacon
ASHLAND 31 EAST CARTER 20
Ashland got all it bargained for in its district opener against East Carter Friday night in Grayson.
Fortunately for the Tomcats, they were able to hang a few more points on the scoreboard to escape the upset minded Raiders for a 31-20 win.
The difference in the game; a Brett Mullins 2-yard score for the only points in the third quarter and a SJ Lycans 37-yard boot with 4:39 to play to give the Tomcats some breathing room down the stretch.
Bailey Thacker hit Ricky Padron for a 13-yard touchdown with 4:20 to play in the first to open the scoring which would be the only points scored by either team in the first frame. The second quarter was a polar opposite of the first after the teams traded a pair of touchdowns with the final three coming in a span of 26 seconds.
Charlie Terry rumbled 31 yards for the first Raiders score of the night, cutting the Tomcats lead to 14-6 with 5:42 remaining before the break. 13 seconds later, Terell Jordan hauled in a 64-yard score from Thacker. On the ensuing kickoff, Connor Goodman raced 99 yards to paydirt to trim the Ashland lead to 21-14 at the half.
East Carter added a touchdown early in the fourth to get to within eight, but would dent the scoreboard no more.
Thacker was 9 of 11 through the air for 157 and a pair of touchdowns. Vinnie Palladino paced Ashland with 92 rushing yards. Mullins added 37. Padron added 76 receiving yards on six catches. Jordan had two for 70.
Ashland visits Russell in a key district showdown Friday night.
RUSSELL 34 GREENUP CO 7
Russell saved the best for last Friday night at Greenup County in the 18th meeting of the Backyard Brawl.
Leading 14-7 after three, the Red Devils rolled off 20 unanswered to cruise to a 34-7 win to open district play.
Andre Richardson-Crews stomped his way to game MVP honors behind 93 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Crews visited the endzone once in each quarter of the first half, both on 1-yard runs. His final score of the night featured a 3-yard score with 7:13 to play in the game.
Russell added scores from a Brayden Hartman 5-yard touchdown and an Austin Parsons 32-yard Pick-6.
Russell’s defense was stingy at best, holding Greenup County to only 59 total yards of offense and five first downs.
Braxton Noble provided the lone Greenup County score with a 2-yard touchdown in the third frame. Noble was named MVP for the Musketeers.
Russell welcomes Ashland in a key district matchup Friday night while Greenup County entertains East Carter.
RACELAND 62 BETSY LAYNE 0
On a night Raceland celebrated homecoming, the Rams proved they were not in much of a welcoming mood when Betsy Layne visited Rams Stadium to open district play.
After the Bobcats fumbled the opening snap, the Rams wasted little time finding the endzone as Logan Lundy bullied himself across the goal line with such force he knocked the helmet off the would-be tackler.
It was the first of seven touchdowns for the sophomore as he and Landyn Newman both turned in career outings as Raceland hammered Betsy Layne 62-20.
Lundy started his night with a pair of rushing touchdowns then followed by five scoring strikes, three going to Newman who finished with 124 yards on four grabs. The duo’s first hookup came just before halftime when the Rams got the ball back with 92 seconds remaining in the half.
They would need only 42 of them for Newman to dash 26 yards to paydirt and a 27-12 Rams lead at the half. Their second hookup came midway through the third after Lundy delivered a shovel pass to Newman just before being sacked and Newman raced 54 yards to the house. Less than one minute later, Newman took another bubble screen pass 31 yards, untouched to the endzone for a 55-20 lead through three.
Lundy opened the third with a 31-yard strike to Parker Gallion for a 41-12 lead. It was Gallion’s first score of the season. His final touchdown throw went 28 yards to Conner Hughes with 11:03 to play in the game that set the running clock in motion.
Jules Farrow gave the Rams a 15-0 lead in the first after a 2-yard touchdown run. Noah Wallace opened the second half scoring with a 13-yard rumble to paydirt. Wallace led the Rams with 87 yards on 10 totes.
Lundy finished the night 12 of 16 for a career-high 255 yards. He has thrown 12 touchdowns in his last four games.
Raceland welcomes Fairview Friday night for their second district contest.
HOLMES 24 BOYD COUNTY 13
There are not too many nights a team can overcome three turnovers while allowing over 300 rushing yards in a contest.
That was the hurdle Boyd County faced Friday night in a key district tilt at Covington Holmes. The Bulldogs displayed a rushing attack that accounted for all but 12 of their 371 total yards behind 48 rushing attempts.
In the end, two Boyd County fumbles and an interception proved to be too much to overcome as the Lions fell 24-13.
Boyd County led 7-6 at the break after Jacob Barrett’s 1-yard run got the Lions on the board with 11:11 to play in the half. The Lions, however, would find the scoreboard only once more after Cameron Collins danced six yards to paydirt for the final Lions tally of the night.
Collins led the Lions with 71 yards.
Boyd County welcomes Harrison County in a must-win game Friday night for the Lions to have any chance of making the postseason.
PAINTSVILLE 46 FAIRVIEW 0
Harris Phelps tried to touch every inch of the soggy-bottom field in Westwood when Paintsville visited Fairview Friday night.
The Tigers tailback scampered 177 yards on only 11 carries while adding four scores to lead Paintsville to a 46-0 win over Fairview to open district play.
Paintsville outgained Fairview 346-55 in the lopsided affair. Cameron Harper led the Eagles with 26 passing yards on eight completed passes.
Fairview visits Raceland Friday night to continue district action.