With senior running back Bryce Kelly out injured, the South Oldham High School football team looked to one of its freshman stars, and Keaton Martin didn’t disappoint.
Starting the first varsity game of his career, Martin ran for 195 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries as the Dragons (6-0) thrashed Nelson County, 56-7.
“He’s awesome,” South Oldham coach Jamie Reed said of Martin. “He is built to be an ideal fullback in the type of offense we run. He’s got a low center of gravity, good speed, he’s tough and strong. Keaton is a special player.”
Overall it was a one-sided affair as the Dragons gained 420 yards of offense while holding the Cardinals (0-7) to just 101 yards of offense, most of which came late in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Drew Zaubi went 5 of 8 for 151 yards and three touchdowns, as well as a rushing touchdown.
The Dragons scored on its first possession and went on to take a 14-0 lead after one quarter and a 35-0 lead at the half. Martin scored on the night on runs of 38, 17, and five yards, and fellow freshman J.T. Benson returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown.
“You really can’t argue with being 6-0,” Reed said. “Hopefully in these next couple of weeks, we’re going to find out if we’re as good as we are. We should be very competitive these next three games (against Bullitt East, Bullitt Central, and North Bullitt).”
North Bullitt 35, Oldham County 12: Nate Johnson led the host Eagles (6-1) in rushing and receiving with 95 and 75 yards respectively to help defeat the Colonels (2-5). The Eagles held the Colonels scoreless in the first half, leading by 21.
“It was homecoming wek so we had to fight through those distractions,” North Bullitt coach Adam Billings said. “I thought we came out focused and we played a hard-nosed 48-minute football game. We had some blowouts earlier in the season and guys have to know that not every pass or run is going to be a touchdown. We’ve got some young guys stepping up. Tristian Cornette, a sophomore defensive lineman played one of his best games of the season. It was just a good team win for us tonight.”
Collins 38, Franklin County 31: The visiting Titans (4-2) outlasted the Flyers (2-5) behind another monster game from quarterback J.R. Lucas and wide receiver Dalton Maggard. Lucas accounted for four touchdowns through the air on 328 yards and added one on the ground 98 yards. Maggard was the recipient of three of those touchdown passes, eclipsing 200 yards.
CAL 38, Meade Co. 7: The host Centurions (5-1) scored three touchdowns in the second half against the Green Wave (2-5). CAL’s Antenneh Thompson ran for two scores in the win.