Male's Wakefield unsure about return from injury
One of the state’s top wide receivers, Keion Wakefield hasn’t stepped on the field this season for the Male High School football team. On Friday, Wakefield said he’s unsure about when he’ll return.
Wakefield, who has committed to the University of Louisville, suffered a high ankle sprain on his right leg during a scrimmage against McCracken County on Aug. 14 and hasn’t played in the Bulldogs’ first two regular-season games.
Wakefield had a walking boot removed Friday and said he’ll attempt to practice Monday in preparation for Male’s next game this Friday against Fairdale.
“They said next week, but it’s looking longer than next week,” Wakefield said. “If it starts hurting, I’m going to sit out.”
Asked if he’s anxious to return in time for Male’s highly anticipated game against Trinity on Sept. 11, Wakefield said, “Not really. Just trying to get back, period.”
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The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Wakefield had a team-high 40 receptions last season for 634 yards and 11 touchdowns and earned second-team All-State honors from The Courier-Journal.
Male’s offense hasn’t skipped a beat without him, averaging 43 points in victories over Floyd Central and Ballard. Senior Zackery Smith has emerged as the Bulldogs’ top receiver, posting four catches for 159 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s 45-7 rout of Ballard.
“We’re doing everything we normally do,” senior quarterback Hayden Shelton said. “I feel like we have enough depth where we can go one to two guys back, sometimes three guys back. It’s a next-man-up mentality. We’re going to be glad when Keion’s back, but I’m happy about where we are.”
RIDDER STRONG IN ST. X DEBUT
Junior Desmond Ridder won the job as St. Xavier’s starting quarterback and shined in his debut Friday.
Ridder rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns and completed 13 of 26 passes for 122 yards and a score as the Tigers rolled past Henry Clay 40-13 in the Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic.
St. X coach Will Wolford has praised the athleticism of Ridder, a 6-foot-4 185-pounder who has added 5 inches and 30 pounds to his frame since his freshman season.
“We saw lots of six- and seven-man fronts, and he has the option on a lot of our running plays of handing it off or keeping it,” St. X coach Will Wolford said. “For the most part he made good decisions.”
Ridder had touchdown runs of 5 and 19 yards and added a 23-yard touchdown pass to Trey Clements.
It was a solid start for St. X after a stressful trip to Lexington. The Tigers arrived for the 6:15 p.m. kickoff at 5:30 p.m. because of heavy traffic in Lexington.
Junior linebacker Braidon Washburn had to be taken to a Lexington hospital after a hit left him with neck pain. Wolford said X-rays were negative and Washburn was released.
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ROOKIE COACHES FARING WELL SO FAR IN BULLITT COUNTY
A pair of first-year coaches are making their marks in Bullitt County, as North Bullitt and Bullitt Central are both 2-0 after victories Friday.
Adam Billings, a 1999 St. Xavier graduate, has North Bullitt off to a hot start after Friday’s 28-9 victory over Southern. Darrius Cannon and Nate Johnson both scored two touchdowns to lead the Eagles.
Tye Lawson, a 2005 Waggener graduate, saw his Bullitt Central squad knock off Fairdale 26-20 as senior quarterback Cameron Dukes passed for 388 yards and three touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the other Bullitt County squad has struggled as Bullitt East dropped to 0-2 Friday with a 55-14 loss to Collins.
Each week Jason Frakes will provide his ranking of the top five teams in the state, regardless of class:
No. 5: Cooper (2-0). The Jaguars backed up their season-opening victory over Highlands with a 35-0 avictory at Newport Central Catholic on Friday. Up next: at Bryan Station on Friday.
No. 4: St. Xavier (1-0). The Tigers opened their season with a resounding 40-13 victory over Henry Clay in Friday’s Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic. Up next: host Bowling Green on Friday.
No. 3: Bowling Green (2-0). The Purples defeated Christian County 55-14 on Saturday at Hopkinsville’s Stadium of Champions. Up next: at St. Xavier on Friday.
No. 2: Male (2-0). The Bulldogs have faced little resistance so far and likely won’t until their Sept. 11 matchup with Trinity. Up next: host Fairdale on Friday.
No. 1: Trinity (2-0). The Shamrocks rolled past another Tennessee power on Friday, winning 31-13 at Brentwood Academy. Up next: host Lafayette on Friday.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and followed on Twitter @kyhighs.