Big night for JCPS schools with rare victories over St. X, Trinity on same night
It was a banner Friday night for Jefferson County Public School football teams against Louisville’s traditional powerhouses.
Male’s 42-13 victory over Trinity wasn’t a big surprise – except, perhaps, for the margin of victory – but Central’s 20-17 win over St. Xavier qualified as a shocker in most circles.
St. Xavier entered as the state’s No. 1 team in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings and never had lost to Central, sporting a 33-0-2 all-time record against the Yellowjackets.
The last time Trinity and St. X lost to JCPS schools on the same night? It was Oct. 27, 1995, when Central beat Trinity 36-6 and Fern Creek defeated St. X 26-7. (That was the only loss of the season for St. X, which went on to win the Class 4-A state title.)
“(Trinity and St. X) are the top of the pecking order,” Central coach Ty Scroggins said. “I think it’s great for the whole city of Louisville. It’s a big accomplishment. Everybody is happy about both of the big Catholic schools going down.”
Myron Norfleet’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Kambrin Brown with 4:48 remaining provided the winning points for Central.
The Yellowjackets opened the season with back-to-back losses to Manual and Knox Central but surprised Christian Academy 28-21 last week before Friday’s historic victory.
“The best thing is that we’re coming together as a team,” Scroggins said. “We’re not playing as individuals. In the second half of the Manual game, we were individuals. In the fourth quarter against Knox Central, it was, ‘Me, me, me.’ We’re back to focusing on playing as a team.”
Scroggins said the amount of congratulatory messages since Friday’s victory have rivaled the ones he’s received after each of his five state championships.
“One thing we’ve talked about is that we can’t let this be the pinnacle of our season,” Scroggins said. “Our goal is still the state championship. We can’t rely on beating St. X and then expecting everyone to lay down for us when we come on the field.”
MAYFIELD’S STREAK ENDS
Mayfield’s state-best 16-game winning streak came to an end Friday with a 37-31 overtime loss to McCracken County.
Quamea Jones’ 1-yard touchdown run gave McCracken County the victory after Mayfield missed a field-goal try on its overtime possession.
Mayfield also lost to McCracken County in overtime last season, 38-37, before reeling off 13 straight victories and winning the Class A state title.
Friday’s loss also snapped Mayfield’s 49-game winning streak at home, dating to a 35-7 loss to Caldwell County on Nov. 7, 2008.
DeSales now has the state’s longest winning streak at 11, followed by Belfry (eight) and Hart County (five).
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
* Bowling Green beat visiting Owensboro 17-14 on Friday in a matchup of two of the top teams in Class 5-A.
The Purples took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and held on to beat the Red Devils for the eighth straight time. Bowling Green running back Jamale Carothers rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
* Joquise Buford rushed for 321 yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries as Henry Clay beat visiting Tates Creek 70-64 on Friday.
The teams combined for nearly 1,200 total yards, as Tates Creek had 644 and Henry Clay posted 540. There also were 26 penalties, 13 by both teams.
Tates Creek quarterback Peyton Burke completed 16 of 21 passes for 327 yards and five touchdowns.
* Valley entered the season with a 14-game losing streak but now has won three in a row after a 28-21 victory over visiting Moore on Friday. Brandon Neely ran for three touchdowns to lead the Vikings.
* Drew Zaubi threw a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes to Keanan John to lead South Oldham to a 14-0 victory at North Oldham on Friday.
Each week Jason Frakes will provide his ranking of the top five teams in the state, regardless of class:
* No. 5 – DeSales (4-0). Blanked Holy Cross 32-0 on Friday and now has state’s longest win streak at 11. Best non-Class 6-A team in the state? Up next: at Fern Creek (3-1) on Friday.
* No. 4 – Simon Kenton (4-0). Blitzed Dixie Heights 45-7 on Friday as quarterback Cam Racke threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another score. Up next: host Cooper (3-1) on Friday.
* No. 3 – Scott County (3-1). Posted 313 rushing yards but lost 35-17 to an unbeaten Cincinnati Elder squad on Friday. Up next: at Lafayette (3-1) on Friday.
* No. 2 – Trinity (3-1). Don’t often see Shamrocks get dominated like they were in 42-13 loss at Male on Friday. Up next: host Pleasure Ridge Park (4-0) on Friday.
* No. 1 – Male (4-0). Rolled past Trinity 42-13 on Friday and may not relinquish this spot the rest of the season. Up next: at Seneca (0-4) on Friday.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and firstname.lastname@example.org.