Pulaski's Johnson passes Trinity's Quick as state's No. 1 receiver
Pulaski County High School’s Jake Johnson moved to the top of the record book Friday night, knocking out a Trinity High School great along the way.
Johnson finished with six catches for 62 yards as the Maroons defeated visiting Harlan County 26-14 in the Don Marshall Bowl. The six catches give Johnson 281 for his career, breaking the state record of 280 set by Trinity’s James Quick from 2009-12. Quick is entering his senior season at the University of Louisville.
“We’re thrilled about it,” Pulaski County coach Johnny Hines said. “The bench emptied to celebrate, and it was a big deal. The funny thing is that it’s probably a bigger deal for us than it is for Jake. Jake’s a team guy. Records are not a big deal to him. … We wanted that record much worse than he did. It’s great to see a Pulaski County kid at the top of that list.”
Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior, was a first-team All-State selection by The Courier-Journal last year and could break a few more records this season.
His 3,975 career receiving yards rank sixth in state history, with Somerset’s John Cole (2004-07) holding the top spot with 4,981 yards.
Johnson’s 46 career receiving touchdowns rank in a tied for eighth in state history. Cole also holds the record in that category with 69.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
* Senior quarterback Spencer Blackburn, making his first varsity start, played a part in two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Trinity rallied for a 14-7 victory at Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth.
Blackburn’s 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down tied the score at 7. His 50-yard touchdown pass to Nick Strothman gave the Shamrocks a 14-7 lead with 9:09 remaining.
* Kyree Hawkins rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns and also posted seven tackles (two solo) as Fern Creek beat host Seneca 33-0.
The Tigers rushed for 301 yards, with Isaiah Hester (six carries, 67 yards) and Shamar Bryant (six carries, 66 yards, one touchdown) also having big nights.
Seneca has lost 15 straight games dating to the 2014 season.
* Terez Traynor accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) and the Doss defense scored a pair of touchdowns in a 40-0 rout of visiting Jeffersontown.
Shawn’Kel Knight-Goff returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown to give Doss the early lead, and Philip Lewis recovered a J’town fumble in its end zone for the final score.
* Daunte Brooks’ 18-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the game-winner as Eastern beat host Bullitt East 36-32.
Eastern’s Sugar Ray Wyche had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and also caught a 54-yard touchdown pass from J.D. Berger.
* Blake Showalter completed 17 of 29 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns to lead Butler to a 20-13 victory over visiting Meade County.
Showalter’s touchdown passes went for 24 yards to Demontae Crumes and 13 yards to Frank Bentley, who finished with eight catches for 124 yards. Eric Jackson rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
* Keaton Martin rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries to lead host South Oldham to a 31-14 victory over Anderson County.
* Kris Adams carried for 102 yards and two touchdowns to lift Pleasure Ridge Park to a 32-0 victory over visiting Valley.
* Freshman quarterback Rae’Von Vaden completed 11 of 17 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns to lift host Moore to a 16-11 victory over Southern.
* Scott County had three players rush for at least 100 yards in a 47-21 victory over Tates Creek at Toyota Stadium in Georgetown. Brice Fryman (13 carries, 108 yards, one touchdown), Caleb Demus (11-107-2) and Jacob Burton (20-100-2) all had big games on the ground for the Cardinals.
NEWS AND NOTES
* Defending Class 2-A state champion Mayfield opened its season Friday with a 56-0 rout of visiting Fort Campbell, giving Cardinals coach Joe Morris his 200th career victory.
Morris, who took over as Mayfield’s head coach in 1999, has a 200-44 career record and has led the Cardinals to six state titles, including four in a row. Morris’ father, Jack, won 254 games and four state titles at Mayfield from 1969-92.
* DeSales showed plenty of firepower in its 30-0 victory over Fairdale on Friday but was without one of its top running backs.
Colts coach Harold Davis said senior running back/defensive back Gilly Simpson suffered a broken collarbone and “had surgery three or four weeks ago” and likely will miss at least another month. Simpson rushed for 624 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.
Each week Jason Frakes will provide his ranking of the top five teams in the state, regardless of class:
* No. 5 – Male (1-0). Dayveon Higgs rushed for three touchdowns and T.J. Thomas threw two TD passes in a 34-10 victory at Floyd Central. Up next: Hosts Ballard (1-0) on Friday.
* No. 4 – Bowling Green (0-0). Scheduled to face John Hardin on Saturday night at Western Kentucky University. Up next: Hosts Christian County (0-0) on Friday.
* No. 3 – Lafayette (1-0). University of Kentucky commit Walker Wood passed for 248 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-14 whipping of Paul Dunbar. Up next: At Boyle County (0-0) on Saturday.
* No. 2 – St. Xavier (0-0). Off this week. Up next: At Lexington Catholic (1-0) on Friday.
* No. 1 – Trinity (1-0). Survived tough road test at Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth, winning 14-7 behind a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Up next: Hosts Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy on Friday.
Kyree Hawkins, Fern Creek
The senior rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns and also posted seven tackles (two solo) in a 33-0 victory at Seneca.
Frank Bentley, Butler
The junior had eight catches for 124 yards and a touchdown to lift the Bears to a 20-13 victory over Meade County.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and email@example.com.