Of the three talented ball carriers in the Spencer County High School rushing attack, sophomore Kadin Smith is considered the one with the most college potential, according to head coach Mike Marksbury.
“Kadin Smith is a player,” Marksbury said. “He’s a special kid.”
The 6-foot, 175-pound running back/free safety showed his value Friday as the Bears beat visiting Collins 35-14 and improved to 6-0 for the first time in program history.
His team down 14-13 midway through the fourth quarter, Smith intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a 19-14 lead with 5:03 left. Jacob DeRudder’s 2-point conversion pass to Brandon Meyer boosted the lead to 21-14.
After Collins turned the ball over on downs, Smith put the game away on first down, racing 51 yards around left end for a touchdown and a 28-14 edge with 3:55 left.
“I can’t even describe the feeling,” Smith said. “It’s something I’ve never felt before. It’s just amazing. That’s all I can say, I guess.”
Smith finished with 151 yards on eight carries and also posted two interceptions.
Marksbury said Smith is being recruited as a defensive back and is starting to receive interest from the University of Kentucky, Morehead State and several NAIA schools.
GAME RECAP | Spencer County beats Collins, improves to 6-0
GALLERY | Spencer County vs. Collins
DUKES BIG FOR COUGARS
Bullitt Central quarterback Cameron Dukes entered Friday’s game as the state’s leading passer, averaging more than 336 yards a game. While the elements would collude against the senior’s air prowess, he found other ways to contribute in a 47-44 loss to North Bullitt.
He completed just 15 of 35 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, but when starting running back Ramone Slocum left the game in the first half with an ankle injury, Dukes took to the ground. He ran 28 times for 235 yards and three more scores, including a 23-yarder where he paused in the pocket, ended up hurdling a defender and then took a couple more with him in the end zone.
Cougars coach Tye Lawson said Dukes has added elusiveness to his game this year.
“Every play, it doesn’t matter what happens, he wants to win,” Lawson said. “So he goes out there and a play breaks down. He tries to keep it alive, and he’s always looking downfield. You love to have that in a quarterback.”
But Dukes’ biggest contributions came on defense. At halftime, the Cougars trailed 34-14 and in the last six quarters had yielded more than 1,000 yards rushing, so Lawson put Dukes in the secondary for the first time since his sophomore year. Dukes made an ankle tackle on Noah Nida on a fourth-down run in the Eagles’ first series, giving the defense a much-needed boost. North Bullitt would only gain 95 yards on the ground in the second half.
Eventually, Dukes would lead the Cougars comeback effort in taking a 44-40 lead with 4:42 left, but North Bullitt had one more answer, scoring a touchdown with 1:14 left to pull it out 47-44. Still, the second-half rally gave the Cougars something to build on for the rest of the season.
“I believe that the way we came out the second half, we got to keep bringing the intensity every single game,” Dukes said. “I think we will.”
BISHOP BROSSART AMONG STATE’S 20 UNBEATEN TEAMS
Of the 20 teams in Kentucky that are still unbeaten this season, Bishop Brossart might be enjoying the biggest turnaround.
The Class A Mustangs from Alexandria, Ky., are 5-0 after a 27-20 victory over Nicholas County on Friday. Senior quarterback Craig Pfefferman rushed for three touchdowns.
Bishop Brossart has enjoyed just one winning season since starting its football program in 2007, finishing 6-5 in 2010 after a 5-0 start. The Mustangs were 1-8 last year under new coach Paul Wiggins while playing in Class 2-A.
“Last year I took over after the dead period, so we didn’t start implementing everything until after that,” Wiggins told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I think we even lost a few tight games last year because we didn’t have that additional work in.
“This year we had a great off-season workout. We really stressed conditioning. And then we didn’t change anything from last year; we’re playing the same offense and defense.”
Bishop Brossart is one of four unbeaten teams in Class A, joining Paris, Paintsville and Campbellsville, all of whom are 6-0.
Here’s a list of the state’s other unbeaten teams with five weeks remaining in the regular season:
* Class 6-A – Male (6-0), Manual (5-0), Ryle (5-0), Simon Kenton (6-0).
* Class 5-A – North Laurel (6-0).
* Class 4-A – Ashland Blazer (5-0), Franklin County (6-0), Johnson Central (4-0), South Warren (6-0), Spencer County (6-0).
* Class 3-A – Adair County (6-0), Belfry (5-0), Boyle County (6-0), Elizabethtown (6-0), Henry County (5-0).
* Class 2-A – Leslie County (5-0).
SCOREBOARD | Kentucky statewide high school football scores
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
* Jailen Reed rushed for 61 yards and three touchdowns as Trinity whipped host Jeffersontown.
The Shamrocks’ defense was stout, allowing just 50 yards and three first downs. Zyan Bethel had a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown, and the defense also recorded a safety in the fourth quarter.
* Luke Trimble rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns as host Paintsville beat Bourbon County 56-27 to improve to 6-0. Trimble also posted five tackles and two interceptions, returning one of them 25 yards for a touchdown. Kash Daniel, a University of Kentucky commit, added 83 rushing yards, three touchdowns and 13 tackles.
* Walker Wood rushed for 238 yards and three touchdowns and Mason Alstatt posted 230 yards and two touchdowns to lead Lafayette to a 48-34 victory at Henry Clay.
Each week Jason Frakes will provide his ranking of the top five teams in the state, regardless of class:
* No. 5 – Bryan Station (5-1). Andre Davis threw four touchdown passes in a 54-21 rout of Tates Creek on Friday. Up next: hosts Lafayette (4-2) on Friday.
* No. 4 – Simon Kenton (6-0). Defense intercepted six passes in 42-3 blowout of Highlands. Up next: off next week before playing at Boone County (0-6) on Oct. 9.
* No. 3 – Scott County (5-1). Posted 393 rushing yards in 55-21 victory at Clark County. Up next: off next week before playing at Henry Clay (3-2) on Oct. 9.
* No. 2 – Trinity (5-1). Jailen Reed rushed for 61 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-0 victory over Jeffersontown. Up next: vs. St. Xavier (4-1) on Friday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
* No. 1 – Male (6-0). Posted third shutout of the season in a 57-0 rout of Butler. Up next: hosts Pleasure Ridge Park (4-2) on Thursday.
Logan James, North Bullitt
The senior running back rushed for 231 yards and five touchdowns on 16 carries as the Eagles beat rival Bullitt Central 47-44.
Drew Koch, South Oldham
The senior booted five field goals to lead the Dragons to a 35-8 victory over visiting Oldham County. Koch hit a career-best 43-yarder and also added field goals of 28, 29, 36 and 27 yards.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and firstname.lastname@example.org.