Lafayette junior quarterback Walker Wood, a three-star prospect and University of Kentucky commit, completed 18-of-30 passes for 304 yards and ran for 104 more in the Generals’ exciting 42-28 victory over Simon Kenton in the Kentucky 6A state semifinals Friday night.
Wood connected with junior receiver Quinton Brown down the right sideline for an 83-yard touchdown to put the Generals ahead for good 35-28 with 26.8 seconds to play in the third quarter. Senior running back Mason Alstatt scored an insurance touchdown with 1:24 left to set the final score.
Brown finished with six catches for 193 yards, including three for 103 in the second half. Alstatt added 120 yards and two scores on 33 carries.
Simon Kenton had an opportunity to tie the game after Brown’s touchdown when they took over at the Lafayette 47 following a 9-yard punt with 7:53 to play in the fourth quarter. The Pioneers moved down inside the Generals’ 25, but Racke fumbled a shotgun snap and Lafayette junior TeJrin McCoy recovered with 6:10 to play at the Generals’ 19.
Racke finished the game 13-of-18 for 129 yards with two touchdown passes. He also ran 18 times for 97 yards and two more scores.
Lafayette outgained Simon Kenton 528-335 for the game, including 293-107 in the second half.
The first half was action packed, with both teams making big plays.
Lafayette drew first blood when Wood capped a nine-play, 77-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brown. A failed two-point conversion pass left the score at 6-0.
Simon Kenton answered back less than a minute later with a 56-yard read-option touchdown run by quarterback Cameron Racke to take a 7-6 lead just over five minutes into the game.
After the Pioneers forced a three-and-out on defense, Racke struck again with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Logan Scott. Scott looked like he had made a spectacular diving catch in the endzone on the previous play, but it was ruled incomplete. He came right back with a great adjustment to the ball on his touchdown reception.
On the ensuing possession, Wood found Brown down the middle of the field for a 59-yard reception to move the Generals into Simon Kenton territory. Three plays later, Wood scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-12 with 58 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Pioneers’ defense came up with two huge plays in the second quarter to build a lead.
The first was Casey Mitchell’s diving interception at the Simon Kenton 48, his fourth of the season. The Pioneers then pulled out a running back pass from their bag of tricks where Powell took a handoff and threw back to Racke for a 25-yard gain. Five plays later, Racke scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge to extend Simon Kenton’s lead to 21-12 with 7:00 left in the half.
The second big defensive play was linebacker Brian Carter’s sack on Wood and fumble recovery, which gave the Pioneers the ball back at the Lafayette 32. Moments later, Racke found junior receiver Tanner Green in the back of the endzone for an 8-yard touchdown to make it 28-12.
Lafayette made it a one-possession game, 28-20, before halftime when running back Mason Alstatt scored on a 9-yard touchdown run and then caught a two-point conversion pass with 1:24 on the clock.
With 2:37 left in the third quarter, Wood capped a 13-play, 84-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run, and then hit sophomore Matthew Guilfoil on a two-point conversion pass to tie the game 28-28.
A three-and-out on the ensuing Simon Kenton possession setup Brown’s game-winning touchdown.
Friday night marked the first loss on Simon Kenton’s otherwise unblemished season. The Pioneers’ 13-1 record is the best mark in school history.
Lafayette 12 8 15 7 – 42
Simon Kenton 14 14 0 0 – 28
L – Brown 4 pass from Wood (Pass failed)
S – Racke 56 run (McNamara kick)
S – Scott 35 pass from Racke (McNamara kick)
L – Wood 3 run (Pass failed)
S – Racke 1 run (McNamara kick)
S – Green 8 pass from Racke (McNamara kick)
L – Alstatt 9 run (Alstatt pass from Wood)
L – Wood 6 run (Guilfoil pass from Wood)
L – Brown 83 pass from Wood (Duprey kick)
L – Alstatt 4 run (Duprey kick)