2020 Football Week 15 (Ky. 2nd round)
A few upsets were the order of the night as Kentucky's high school football championship races entered the 2nd round.
Two of those came in rematches from earlier this season. Franklin Co., who narrowly lost to Central on October 24th, won the 4A-District 4 title rematch handily on the Yellow Jackets' turf, 42-6. In addition to Nick Broyles' 4 touchdown passes, Zach Claudio recovered a fumble, taking it 36 yards for the two-way junior's fourth defensive trip to the house this season.
CAL was expected by many to lose at Mercer Co. in 3A-District 4, but it was the Centurions who proved that perception wrong with a 23-7 victory. And while Fairdale, Male and KCD also came out on top without difficulty, the closest playoff match of the night in Louisville came right down to the wire. Giles Pooler's 38-yard strike to Mike Duddy on 4th-and-21 with 10 seconds left gave St. Xavier a 10-6 comeback win at Manual to win 6A-District 3.
One Lexington area game that came as a surprise to those expected to see the best of the best dominate came at Scott Co., where the Cardinals, who had the top RPI ranking in 5A, saw their unbeaten season fall apart against Douglass in District 6. The Broncos' 39-21 win was led in no small measure by a 4-touchdown performance (3 runs and a catch) from running back Darius Neal.
Closer to town, while Bryan Station and Dunbar rammed through their 2nd-round opponents with ease to set up a 6A quarterfinal showdown between them, Lexington Christian escaped with a 42-35 home victory over last year's 2A Champs, Somerset, for the District 4 title. And you can add Eagles quarterback Drew Nieves to the list of players who had four-touchdown nights, since he threw that many, along with 239 yards.
Downstate from Lexington, the Lexington Catholic Knights made a game of it at Boyle Co. A 42-17 Rebel lead with 10 minutes left practically evaporated. But the 2019 4A runners-up hung on to win the District 5 title, 49-41. Over in Berea, another buzzer-beater happened in 5A-District 8. Madison Southern came from behind in the last minute with a touchdown, a 2-point running play that was stopped short, an onside kick recovery, and a 40-yard game-winning field goal by Jase Duerson, to give the Eagles a 23-21 win over Woodford Co.
As we head into this Friday's quarterfinal action, we'll be bringing you Douglass at Southwestern in 5A, and McCracken Co. at Male in 6A. Plus, check our ticker at GLICOD.com's homepage for all the area quarterfinal scoring updates.