Loveland High School’s Drew Plitt, 9, throws a touchdown pass over defender, Lakota West High School’s Devin Pearson, 92.
The wait was worth it for the Scott Eagles, who secured their first victory of the season Friday with a 34-7 road win over Holmes at Tom Ellis Field after last week’s opener against East Jessamine was canceled due to weather.
Scott led 26-0 at halftime with a pair of long touchdowns by Deondre Pleasant. The junior running back scored on the Eagles’ second possession, breaking off a 51-yard scoring run on a reverse, and the Eagles led 12-0.
Pleasant and backfield mate Roberto London combined for 233 yards rushing, 118 coming in the first half, 115 in the second. Scott outgained the Bulldogs, 345-233. London ran for 175 yards on 19 carries. Pleasant rushed for 58.
Pleasant’s 71-yard punt return two plays after Holmes quarterback and punter Desean Brumfield left the game with a right leg injury put the Eagles ahead, 24-0. London’s 2-yard conversion run made it 26-0. His 42-yard TD run on the game’s third play started the scoring.
Brumfield reentered the game to start the second half after receiver Fred Vickers took over at quarterback to complete the second quarter.
Brumfield led the Bulldogs on a 75-yard scoring drive to begin the half. Tailback Delijah Ross-Tyus capped it with a 10-yard TD run, helping pull Holmes to within 26-7. Brumfield came up with a second-half interception.
Scott’s London scored his second touchdown, going 56 yards for the score on the first play of the ensuing drive. The run conversion set the final score with 5:56 left in the third.
S-London 42 run (kick failed)
S-Pleasant 51 run (kick failed)
S-Sowder 4 run (run failed)
S-Pleasant 71 punt return (London run)
H-Ross-Tyus 10 run (Varney kick)
S-London 56 run (Sowder run)
Records: S 1-0, H 1-1.
Highlands 23, Campbell County 16
It was a night of old memories and new beginnings at Campbell County High School as the Bluebirds and Camels convened in Alexandria at the Camels’ second-year on-campus stadium.
Highlands debuted its new head coach but old name in Brian Weinrich, the longtime defensive coordinator mentoring his first game as head coach after taking over for recordsetter Dale Mueller. Highlands also debuted new starting quarterback Beau Hoge, who had plenty of action in mopup time last season.
Ultimately, it was Highlands’ tradition of local dominance which won the night, but the Camels made it difficult. Highlands racked up 275 yards of offense in the first half, most of it in the first quarter in which it scored all of its points to take a 23-0 lead into halftime.
The Camels fought back in the second half, with junior quarterback Carson Plessinger leading the way. The Camels scored twice in the final quarter, but Highlands recovered an onside kick in the final minute and was able to run out the clock.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Beau Hoge. The Highlands signalcaller was 15-of-25 passing for 183 yards, and ran for 96 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Hoge evaded several tacklers and used a spin move to gain a key third-down conversion in the second quarter during the Bluebirds’ second touchdown drive.
“In the first quarter we were looking at the jersey and the colors and the hype,” said losing head coach Steve Lickert. “We believed the hype. Our offense gave them a short field in the first quarter.”
ODDS AND ENDS: Highlands had 356 yards offense, only 81 in the second half. Campbell had 254 yards offense. Highlands committed 14 penalties for 112 yards.
H-Veneman 40 pass from Hoge (Dougherty kick)
H-Hoge 15 run (Dougherty kick)
H-Hoge 27 run (Dougherty kick)
C-Plessinger 2 run (Plessinger run)
C-Plessinger 1 run (Plessinger run)
Records: H 1-0, C 1-1.
Lloyd 52, Dayton 0
The Juggernauts dominated on the ground, rushing 35 times for 306 yards as a team. Senior quarterback Hayden Molitor was 9-for-14 for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Junior receiver Charles Gaines had five catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns of his own.
Sophomore running back Justin Durham had 79 yards and two touchdowns, while Lashaun Townsend added 69 yards and a touchdown of his own.
The Juggernauts recorded 429 yards of total offense, while holding Dayton to just two total yards in the first half, to earn the season-opening win. Dayton fell to 1-1.
L-Durham 20 run (Gutierrez)
L-Gaines 16 pass from Molitor (Gutierrez kick)
L-Gaines 18 pass from Molitor (Gutierrez kick)
L-Townsend 55 run (Gutierrez kick)
L-Creech 9 run (Gutierrez kick)
L-Durham 22 run (Townsend run)
L-Gutierrez 42 FG
L-Vance 5 run (NO PAT)
Records: L 1-0, D 1-1
Simon Kenton 64, Holy Cross 7
Holy Cross found the endzone first on a rainy night against visiting Simon Kenton, but couldn’t find much else as Simon Kenton rattled off 64 straight points to get its second win this season.
Simon Kenton put up 455 offensive yards and only allowed 115.
The Pioneers racked up 359 rushing yards on 29 attempts.
Senior running back Price Burge led Simon Kenton with 94 yards off five carries and a score.
H-Lampke 4 pass from Scott (Scott kick)
S-Heflin 1 run (Racke run)
S-Racke 10 run (Heflin pass from Winkler)
S-Heflin 4 run (Carmony kick)
S-Winkler 9 pass from Racke (Carmony kick)
S-Racke 1 run (Carmony kick)
S-Scott 25 pass from Racke (Carmony kick)
S-Burge 53 run (Carmony kick)
S-Jackson 56 run (Carmony kick)
S-Green 29 run (Carmony kick)
Records: S 2-0, H 0-2.
Scott County 46, Ryle 14
Scott County sophomore Keith Guy had rushing touchdowns of 51 and 40 yards, while sophomore Noah Hughes had two rushing touchdowns and junior Theo Price had one. Josh Davis added a seven-yard touchdown pass to Alex Miller. Tyler Dummer had 38-yard field goal and was perfect on extra point attempts. Scott County finished with 305 rushing yards on 40 attempts.
Ryle sophomore running back Collin England had a 3-yard rushing touchdown, while junior quarterback Ryan Rytlewski had an 8-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Grant Arnwine.
S-Hughes 3 run (Dummer kick)
S-Hughes 2 run (Dummer kick)
S- Guy 51 run (Dummer kick)
S-Guy 40 run (Dummer kick)
S-Price 8 run (Cooper pass from McKee)
S-Dummer 38 FG
R-England 3 run (Bouldin kick)
S-Miller 7 pass from Davis (Dummer kick)
R- Arnwine 8 pass from Rytlewski (Bouldin kick)
Records: R 0-2.
Cooper 31, Newport Central Catholic 0
Senior quarterback Billy Prickett was 12-for-16 passing for 184 yards and three touchdowns, while junior running back Torey Cordell-Armstrong had 136 yards rushing on 16 carries. Junior Chad Michels, sophomore Dante Hendrix and senior Cole Willging all had touchdown receptions for Cooper. Junior defensive lineman Elliot Smith led the Cooper defense with seven tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Cooper finished with 358 yards of total offense, while Newport Central Catholic had 145 yards of offense.
C-Michels 50 pass from Prickett (kick failed)
C-Hendrix 5 pass from Prickett (Centers pass from Prickett)
C-Hollifield 27 FG
C-Willging 34 pass from Prickett (Hollifield kick)
C-Prickett 9 run (Hollifield kick)
Records: C 2-0, N 0-1.
Grant County 60, Owen County 7
Junior running back Hunter Lawson had a huge game for the Braves, breaking the school record in rushing yards and touchdowns in a single game. Lawson carried the ball 19 times for 227 yards and five touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Michael McClain added two touchdowns
G-McLean 11 run (kick Willoughby)
G-Schneider 19 pass from McLean (kick Willoughby)
O-Young 51 pass from Smith (kick Smith)
G-Lawson 5 run ( kick Willoughby)
G-Lawson 4 run ( kick Willoughby)
G-Lawson 19 run ( kick Willoughby)
G-Wallace 3 run ( kick failed)
G-Lawson 2 run (kick Willoughby)
G-Lawson 14 run ( kick failed)
G-Stephenson 24 run (kick failed)
Records: G 1-0-1, O 0-2.
Boone County 49, Conner 26
Ludlow 42, Bracken County 0