Male High School’s Davis Mattingly wanted to redeem himself.
The last time the public saw Mattingly on the football field, he threw a game-ending interception in a 38-31 overtime loss to Trinity in the Class 6-A playoffs.
With the Louisville All-Stars trailing the Kentucky Stars 28-24 in the Fifth Annual Best of the Bluegrass game at St. Xavier, Mattingly led the Louisville stars down to the 6-yard line and faced a fourth down.
“I was thinking about our Trinity game to end our season this year,” Mattingly said. “It was almost exactly the same play. That play was in the back of my mind. I knew I had to make this play to end my high school career.”
Mattingly then went back to pass and Butler’s William Johnson in the end zone as the Louisville Stars rallied for a 31-28 win.
Johnson said he wanted the ball.
“I’m just glad he threw it to me,” he said.
Until the final drive, Mattingly struggled in game, completing just four of his first 13 throws.
The Louisville All-Stars were aided with two face-mask penalties, the last putting the ball on the Kentucky 44.
From there, Mattingly connected on three straight passes — a 6-yarder to Shawnee’s Jonis Griffin, a 13-yarder to Johnson and a 19-yarder to Pleasure Ridge Park’s Delvon Dunn, who was wide open on the left side of the field, setting up the ball at the Kentucky 6.
“I knew something big was going to happen at the end of the game,” said Mattingly, who been offered a scholarship by several small schools and is weighing a preferred-walk-on offer from the University of Kentucky.
Kentucky fell behind with 5:01 left, when Scott County quarterback Clay McKee threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Bryan Station’s Carl Walker.
McKee, solid throughout, completed 10 of 19 passes for 193 yards.
“We wanted to come out here, be competitive and have a lot of fun,” McKee said. “That’s what we did.
“These guys are so talented,” McKee said. “It was an amazing experience to play with so much talent. I had a ton of fun. It’s the most fun I’ve had in football and my whole career.”
McKee, who has committed to play for his hometown school, Georgetown College, said he will enroll in college in January. He threw for more than 3,500 yards in his career at Scott County.
McKee helped the Kentucky Stars built a 21-7 cushion in the first half.
McKee threw scoring scoring passes — a 5-yarder to Caldwell County’s Jalen Boyd and throws of 11 and 51 yards to Walker.
With Kentucky leading 21-7, the Louisville All-Stars got the offensive infusion it needed from Central Hardin quarterback Koree Krupinski, who ran for 12 and 13 yards on his first two snaps. Then he threw a 15-yard pass to Dunn before North Oldham’s Arien Beasley ran for a 32-yard TD.
For forcing a three-and-out, the Louisville took over from the 35 with 52 seconds left. A few plays later, Krupinski took off to the left side and bounced and battered his way in to the end zone for a 20-yard score.
Krupinski said several NAIA schools have shown interest in recruiting him.
“I just want to get in somewhere,” he said. “I want to play football. … Hopefully, one of them will give me a chance.”
In the third quarter, the only score came on a 42-yard field goal by Blanton Creque of Collins.
Ky – Carl Walker 11 pass from Clay McKee (Kenton Kennedy kick); Lou – Adrian Williams-Ralston 10 run (Blanton Creque kick); Ky – Jalen Boyd 5 pass from McKee (Kennedy kick); Ky – Walker 51 pass from McKee (Kennedy kick); Lou – Arien Beasley 32 run (Creque kick); Lou – Koree Krupinski 20 run (Creque kick); Lou – Creque 42 FG; Ky – Walker 14 pass from McKee (Kennedy kick); Lou – William Johnson 6 pass from Davis Mattingly (Creque kick)