The Ashland Beacon
ASHLAND 52 RUSSELL 42
It was a 17-14 Russell win when the Devils met Ashland in the regular season.
Friday night in the opening round of the playoffs, the duo surpassed that point total well before halftime…and never slowed down.
In an offensive shootout at Henry R. Evans Stadium, Ashland outlasted Russell with a fourth quarter defensive stand that held the Devils scoreless over the final 12 minutes. Although Ashland trailed 42-38 after three, it was the Tomcats who persevered for a 52-42 win.
Vinnie Palladino shouldered the load from his tailback position to the tune of 242 yards on 28 totes. He visited the endzone three times in the affair. He added back-to-back scores of one and 25 yards in less than two minutes in the second quarter. His final score of nine yards with 9:41 to play in the contest proved to be the final time points would light up the scoreboard for either side.
While Ashland racked up 361 rushing yards in the win, Russell was equally as impressive in its air attack, tallying 386 yards on only 16 completions. The Devils secret; Bradley Rose tossing touchdowns of 15, 54, 68 and 24 yards and a halfback pass from Mason Lykins to Carson Patrick of 67 yards.
Patrick was the recipient of three of Russell’s five scoring tosses while amassing 218 yards on nine catches. Doug Oborne had 140 yards on three balls.
Ricky Padron led Ashland with 135 yards on five grabs with a pair of third quarter touchdowns. Andre Richardson-Crews finished with 103 rushing yards on 12 carries for Russell—61 coming on one run to paydirt midway through the third.
But the equalizer for Ashland came from quarterback Bailey Thacker who threw for 164 yards and ran for another 68, including a 58-yard scamper to open the fourth quarter to put the Tomcats in front for good.
Ashland travels to East Carter Friday night for the District Championship.
Russell finishes its season 6-5.
RACELAND 57 FAIRVIEW 0
Raceland held the football for less than a half a quarter in the opening 24 minutes of its first-round playoff game against Fairview.
The time deficit did not matter much in the outcome as the Rams cruised to a 57-0 win over the Eagles at Rams Stadium.
Raceland fast-paced scoring drives started after Cole Conlon blocked a Fairview punt that set the Rams up at the Eagles one. It took only one play for Noah Wallace to walk into the endzone for a 7-0 lead. Raceland dented the scoreboard twice more in the opening frame behind an 80-yard bomb from Logan Lundy to Parker Fannin and a Jaxon Heighton 5-yard plunge.
Raceland added 24 more points in the second stanza behind a Lundy to Conner Hughes 45-yard toss, a Landyn Newman 34-yard Pick-6, a Jules Farrow 8-yard rush and a Peyton Ison 24-yard field goal as the first half clock expired.
Isaac Browning provided the only points of the third on a 31-yard rush and Brody Austin plunged into the endzone from a yard out in the fourth.
Lundy finished the half with 217 yards and two scores and was a perfect 5 of 5 through the air. Heighton added 54 rushing yards on two carries.
Raceland welcomes Paintsville Friday night for the District Championship at 7:30 p.m.
EAST CARTER 30 GREENUP CO. 0
Greenup County struggled to find any offensive rhythm Friday night when it visited East Carter.
The Raiders, however, had little trouble most of the night as they rolled to a 30-0 win. East Carter took a 22-0 lead to the break and added eight more in the fourth quarter.
Tyson Sammons paced the Musketeers with 119 yards on 23 carries. Ike Henderson added 40 yards in his return from an injury early in the season.
Greenup County closed its season 1-9 with its lone win coming off a COVID-19 cancellation.