Manual High School senior Bryce Cosby has committed to Ball State University as a defensive back, but he could see an increased role on offense as the Crimsons approach district play.
In Manual’s 13-0 victory at Ballard on Friday, Cosby lined up at quarterback and running back. His statistics weren’t overwhelming – completing his only pass for 7 yards and rushing for 14 yards on two carries – but there could be bigger numbers in his future.
“I’m a Bryce Cosby fanatic; I love that kid,” Crimsons coach Scott Carmony said. “He’s such a phenomenal player and person. You could put him in anywhere.”
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Of course, the 5-foot-10, 176-pound Cosby makes his biggest impact on defense, where he has two interceptions this season. Last year he had six interceptions, returning three of them for touchdowns.
Quarterback William Britt and running backs Marcis Floyd, Andre Teague and John Riley have provided plenty of offense for the Crimsons (4-0) this season, but Cosby could provide a big-play threat with his speed.
“The thing we have to watch with Bryce is playing him too much,” Carmony said. “I need Bryce to never come off the field on defense because I can rest him on offense. If I could, I would leave him out there on offense. And I’d have him coach with me, too.”
DESALES’ SIMPSON RETURNS
DeSales’ Gilly Simpson saw his first action of the year Friday. After missing the first four weeks of the season because of a collarbone injury sustained over the summer, he provided a 2-yard touchdown run in the host Colts’ 27-14 victory over Fern Creek.
Simpson, who ran for 624 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, ran for just 13 yards on seven carries against Fern Creek. But both the senior and coach Harold Davis weren’t worried about the statistics. Rather, they wanted to get Simpson some snaps with big games against North Hardin and Christian Academy following next week’s bye.
“I was nervous at first,” Simpson said. “My first game back, six weeks (after the injury). I was ready, honestly, ready to get back out there with my team.”
COLTS FRESHMAN SHINES
A week after capping off a Colts’ victory at Holy Cross with a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown, freshman Jordan Watkins showed what he could do on the other side of the ball against Fern Creek.
His first catch, a diving 38-yard completion to the Tigers’ 3, set up quarterback Aaron Pfaadt’s touchdown two plays later. In the second quarter, Watkins came down with a 35-yard catch to the Fern Creek 2 despite facing double coverage. That haul set up Simpson’s score.
He entered the Fern Creek game with just one catch for five yards, but his recent breakout performances are drawing raves from both his coaches and teammates.
“It’s amazing,” sophomore quarterback Aaron Pfaadt said. “It’s amazing what he’s doing. He’s going to be a big part of this offense this year and in years to come.”
SCOTT COUNTY’S LEAD TURNS INTO LIKELY DEFEAT
A five-point third-quarter lead looks like it will turn into a 2-0 forfeit loss for Scott County against Lafayette.
The Cardinals led 25-20 with 11:04 remaining in the third quarter on Friday at Georgetown College’s Toyota Stadium when the game was suspended because of lightning.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Scott County could not resume the game Saturday because Toyota Stadium was not available. The newspaper reported Lafayette offered to host the resumption of the game but that Scott County declined.
Cardinals coach Jim McKee could not be reached for comment Saturday.
According to Kentucky High School Athletic Association rules, if teams can’t agree on a resumption date and time, it is to be the next day at the same time, which would have been 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Further, if one school can’t play the next day and can’t agree on the resumption date, that team must forfeit the game.
KHSAA spokesperson Joe Angolia said the schools have until Monday morning to submit a makeup plan. If nothing changes, Angolia said, Lafayette would be awarded a 2-0 victory.
WAGGENER TAKES KNEE TO PROTEST SOCIAL INJUSTICE
A week after junior Tre Chappell took a knee during the national anthem in protest, the Waggener football team made a team-wide gesture Friday at Atherton.
On the first play of the game, the entire Waggener squad took a knee and was penalized for delay of game.
“I am so proud of our young men and their desire to see change occur! I could not be at a better place!” Wildcats coach Jordan Johnson tweeted after the game.
Johnson said last week after Chappell’s protest that the team was looking at steps for an alternate gesture.
“We are taking steps … to ensure our young men can make a stand for social injustice, while at the same time not showing, what is perceived as, disrespect,” Johnson said. “We support our young men in an effort to make a change for their future.”
Waggener improved to 3-1 with its 38-0 victory. Larry Harper completed 14 of 20 passes for 213 yards and five touchdowns. His brother, Manny, had six catches for 69 yards and three scores.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
* Bullitt East (1-4) racked up 636 yards of offense and posted its first victory of the season by defeating visiting Shelby County 56-31.
Junior running back Hunter Perdue carried 22 times for 217 yards and four touchdowns, and senior quarterback Zak Kessler completed 8 of 14 passes for 317 yards and two scores. Senior Cameron Brooks had three catches for 164 yards and a score.
Another star was senior kicker Christian Foster, who made 8 for 8 extra-point kicks and also recovered a fumble on an onside kick. Foster, who also plays soccer, became the first female to play football at Bullitt East.
Shelby County dropped to 3-2.
* Freshman quarterback Chaz Burks completed 11 of 15 passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns to lead host Butler (3-2) to an 18-14 victory over Doss (1-3).
Butler sophomore Eric Jackson rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Doss senior Hamilton Wilson rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
* Junior quarterback Drew Zaubi rushed for 68 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries to lead host South Oldham (4-0) to a 35-14 victory over Boone County (0-5). Zaubi also completed 10 of 21 passes for 125 yards. The Dragons are 4-0 for the first time since 2000.
* Junior quarterback Gavin Bugg completed 9 of 14 passes for 219 yard and three touchdowns to lead Paul Dunbar (1-4) to a 38-0 victory at Jeffersontown (1-4). Sophomore Kristian Mayes rushed for 62 yards on 12 carries to lead the Chargers.
* Defending Class 3-A champion Belfry (4-0) racked up 503 rushing yards in a 56-13 victory over defending Class A champion and host Pikeville (3-2). Senior Cameron Catron led the Pirates with 210 yards and two touchdown on five carries.
Each week Jason Frakes will provide his ranking of the top five teams in the state, regardless of class:
* No. 5 – Simon Kenton (5-0). Cam Racke, who has committed to Wofford, passed for 300 yards and five touchdowns in a 46-20 victory over Cooper. Up next: At Highlands (1-4) on Friday.
* No. 4 – St. Xavier (3-1). Sam Taylor rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown in a 45-18 victory over Highlands. Up next: Hosts Pleasure Ridge Park (4-1) on Friday.
* No. 3 – Male (4-1). T.J. Thomas passed for 111 yards and four touchdowns in a 63-6 blowout of Seneca. Up next: At Butler (3-2) on Friday.
* No. 2 – Bowling Green (5-0). Purples scored 39 points in the first quarter of a 60-0 rout of Warren Central, extending their state-best winning streak to 17. Up next: Hosts Central Hardin (3-2) on Friday.
* No. 1 – Trinity (5-0). Spencer Blackburn passed for 286 yards and four touchdowns in a 29-10 victory at Pleasure Ridge Park. Up next: Hosts Jeffersontown (1-4) on Friday.
Christian Foster, Bullitt East
The first female to play football for the Chargers, Foster made 8 of 8 extra-point attempts and also recovered a fumble on an onside kick in a 56-31 victory over Shelby County.
Larry Harper, Waggener
The senior quarterback completed 14 of 20 passes for 213 yards and five touchdowns in a 38-0 victory over Atherton.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and email@example.com.