Desmond Ridder, in his first game of the season, showed why he is one of the top quarterbacks in the state of Kentucky.
The dual-threat senior threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as St. Xavier thrashed Central, 51-7, at Central High School Friday evening.
After missing the first two game of the season due to suspension, Ridder showed no signs of rust in the pocket. He was 7-for-8 for 83 yards and three touchdowns, including a 28 yard connection with wide receiver Cameron Garrett. At the same time Ridder displayed his speed on the field, leading the Tigers (2-1) with 109 rushing yards on five attempts and two touchdowns.
Ridder opened the scoring with a 73-yard touchdown run and that set the tone for the game, as the Tigers went up 30-0 over Central (0-4) by the end of the first quarter.
For the Yellowjackets, junior quarterback Korey McClain had a strong day, throwing 13-for-16 for 128 yards and a touchdown, though senior quarterback James Sampson Jr. was 0-for-3 with an interception. The Yellowjackets also had two fumbles, and only rushed for 51 yards in the game.
CAL 43, Oldham Co. 7: Quarterback Austin Carr completed 12 out of 17 passes for a total of 170 yards to led the Centurions (3-1) by the Colonels (1-3) 43-7. Also leading the Centurions was Tanner Palin, who had 18 carries for a total of 99 yards, and Western Kentucky commit Jake Paulson had two sacks.
Southern 18, Seneca 13: The Trojans (1-3) sacked the Redhawks’ (0-4) Fitzgerald Caldwell seven times for a total loss of 70 yards on their way to an 18-13 victory. The Trojans led 12-0 at the half, and the Redhawks responded in the third quarter with a 72-yard touchdown reception by Josiah Taylor. Trojan Cameron Skinner ran the ball 26 times for a total of 106 yards.
Fern Creek 27, Butler 7: The host Tigers (3-1) pushed past the Bears (2-2) behind a three touchdown performance by quarterback Shamar Bryant. Running back Devon Blincoe topped 100 yards on the ground.
Shelby Co. 48, North Bullitt 23: The Rockets (3-1) put up more than 400 yards of offense as they took off to great heights with a 48-23 victory over the Eagles. Shelby Co. gained 310 yards on the ground and 403 overall, with running back Caleb Morehead leading the team with 101 yards on 13 attempts and a pair of touchdowns.
Eastern 33, Dunbar 20: Team defense led the Eagles (2-2) past the host Bulldogs (0-4). Eastern scored on a fumble return, two interception returns, and two safeties. Kris Cambron and CJ Kenworthy both had interceptions returned for a touchdown, and DeAnte Washington took a fumble 48 yards to the house to open the scoring.