2019 Football Opening Week
Louisville's three big winners from last year opened their 2019 football seasons in different ways Friday.
Kentucky 6A Champion Male had no problem with Floyd Central, as Elijah Parish and UK commit Izayah Cummings connected on 4 touchdown passes in a 42-13 runaway. Meanwhile, CAL, which moved up to 3A with a new head coach and several key players from last year's 2A Champion team, had a real battle going with South Oldham. Despite all the hype surrounding this game, both teams went into overtime scoreless. Centurions running back Harrison Zimmerer scored from 6 yards out in the extra period, then his teammates on defense held the Dragons to four-and-done in the bottom half of OT for a 6-0 victory and their 16th straight win, tied with South Warren for Kentucky's longest current streak.
Central, now at 4A after winning the 3A Championship, was shut out by a Manual team that the Yellow Jackets shut out twice the last two years. That game, too, was scoreless until Crimsons sophomore running back JuWuan Northington ran it in from just 4 yards out in the 3rd quarter for the game's only score and a 7-0 win. The last time Central was shut out? 2010.
Up the road a bit, while North Oldham lost 40-14 at North Bullitt, Oldham County opened with a 27-12 win over Louisville's Eastern, led by Juan Tapia's three touchdowns.
Across the river, while Charlestown's Marion Lukes had 179 yards including a 70-yard touchdown run, Silver Creek was held to just over 100 yards total offense. The Dragons, though, had to count on a 70-yard punt return by sophomore Easton Messer to give them a come-from-behind 13-7 win over the Pirates. As for Providence, a change in opening week opponents must have done them some good, with a road trip to Bardstown, KY for a 29-20 comeback win over Bethlehem, and their first 1-0 start in 5 years.
The Lexington area football situation saw Douglass off to a big start with a 43-0 shutout of Bryan Station, as Broncos quarterback Josh McClurg threw for 2 touchdowns. Elsewhere, Lexington Catholic, led by UK commit Beau Allen at QB, erased a 14-0 halftime deficit with 21 unanswered points to win 21-14 at Pulaski Co. Allen threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns, plus one on the ground, fueling the comeback. Dunbar spotted North Laurel 14 points before a big second half rally gave them a 35-26 win. The Bulldogs are 1-0 for the first time since 2014.
And on Saturday, Tates Creek's 39-7 road victory over Madison Southern included four big touchdown passes by Luke Duby, two of which went to Miles Thomas. This Commodore combo is what Douglass will contend with Friday in one of our broadcasts. For more on this week's coverage, go to our live programming page at GLICOD.com.