A look at some of the best action and most interesting facts after 5 weeks of the High School Football season.
"Hazard Hail Mary"
It was one of the most exciting High School football games that I have ever seen. Perry Central and Hazard delivered blow after blow like two heavy weight prize fighters trying to deliver a knock out punch. Several players put on big performances. Jordan Amis (aka, the Picasso of the Mountains) continued to turn broken plays into touchdowns. The Junior ran for two touchdowns and a came up with a huge 4th down touchdown pass to Chance Ashworth. That TD put Perry Central up 20-16. The Commodores seemed to lock up the game following a late interception. But Hazard would get one more chance. The Bulldogs got the ball back with about 30 seconds left. After 3 incompletions, Tyler Olinger tucked it under and ran for a first down on fourth down and got out of bounds with 1 second left. Following a personal foul, the Dogs would have one last chance with 1 second left and the ball on the Perry Central 33. Olinger took the snap and let it fly. The ball came to land in Alex Hall's hands for the game winning touchdown. Hazard wins 22-20. Greg Adams had a big game for the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball. The crowd was great and the big plays were many. The game lived up to expectations and beyond.
"It's Not a Basketball Game"
With a final of 61-60, you might think that
South Laurel on the basketball court, not the football field. When I said in my Week 5 Preview blog entry that this game would have a lot of offense I never expected this. The Maroons rallied late in the Fourth quarter to send this game into overtime. After
South Laurel scored a TD on their possession, they could not convert the kick.
County scored on their possession and put through the extra point for the win. Chris Muse is a game changer when he plays. Muse carried 22 times for 215 yards and 4 TDs. Winston Hines added 116 yards rushing and 3 TDs. The loss puts the Cardinals at 0-2 in the District. They now have a bye week before heading to
County with their playoff lives on the line.
"Get Some Rest"
Speaking of byes, the Clay County Tigers got an off week before heading to Middlesboro this Friday. Zach Lewis enters the game 385 yards away from breaking Tim Couch's career passing yardage mark. Lewis could get it this weekend, but is more likely to pass the mark next weekend at home against Perry Central.
"Follow the Leader"
Speaking of Perry Central... the Commodores head to Whitley County this Friday for a matchup of the only two remaining unbeaten teams in District play in Class 5A, District 8. The winner of this game will become the leader of the District. One Whitley County football player told me that they spent their bye week working on backside containment. That's a good idea considering Jordan Amis and Demetri Travis love to reverse their direction.
"Bobcats Give Black Bears Black Eye During Blackout"
Harlan County was a little excited about their new teams home opener. The stands were completely full and they were standing 2 deep around the field as the Black Bears hosted Breathitt County. The Bobcats jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. With the rain pouring down, Channing Fugate dominated the game, rushing for over 250 yards and hauling in 2 catches for another 99 yards. Fugate also had 4 touchdowns as Breathitt County rolled to a 41-7 victory. The win all but gives Breathitt County the District title.
"Panthers Knox Out Rockets"
For the second straight season Knox Central beat Rockcastle County in the regular season. The Panthers edged the Rockets 21-19 at the Rock. The win should give the Panthers a home playoff game. It's the second straight season that Knox Central will host a playoff game. Last season was the first time ever that Knox got the privilege of hosting a playoff game. Coach Wayne Mills said that he feels that his teams have turned the corner and will now be a regular contendor.
"It Wasn't Pretty"
The Mountains oldest rivalry conitnued last Friday with the 88th meeting between Harlan and Pineville. The game wasn't pretty but the Green Dragons won a muddy battle 7-0. That win should give Harlan a home playoff game, presuming they take down Jenkins in 3 weeks.
"Panthers Rally to Beat Rebels"
Apparantley the Allen Central Rebels didn't get the memo that their District belongs to Pikeville. The Rebels led by 13 in the Fourth Quarter before the Panthers rallied to win 43-42.
"Tigers Take 4th in a Row"
Keeping in the same District, Paintsville rolled over Betsy Layne 48-12 for their fourth straight win to improve to 4-1 on the season. Getting their fifth win in a row will be a little more difficult. They host Johnson Central this Thursday in the Apple Bowl.
"How is Williamsburg Like a Gymnast?"
They both have great balance. Ryan Moses of
Williamsburg continued to put up big numbers. He tossed 5 touchdown passes in the Yellowjackets 52-12 win over Jenkins. The 'Burg is now 4-1 on the year. The Yellowjackets have actually used a balanced attack this season rushing for 1233 yards and 13 touchdowns while passing for 1206 yards and 14 touchdowns. Now that's balance.
- Jeff Archer