• Steve Byrd

2020 Football Week 5 Recap

By Steve Byrd - GLICOD Producer

As the temps dipped to fall, week 5 of this 2020 football season marked the ‘unofficial’ start for many of the teams in our coverage area.

Trinity and Butler both had easy home openers, with the Shamrocks handing Male a 43-14 defeat, while the Bears shut out Doss 38-0.  But one game that stood out featured Western, under new head coach and former Seneca QB DaMarcus Smith, opening their season by ousting North Oldham 56-25.  One player to watch for on the Warriors is senior running back James Shultz.  The PRP transferee ran for over 100 yards and scored twice.  Western travels to PRP this Friday.  The Panthers lost 24-6 to 5A powerhouse Bowling Green.  

Elsewhere, 4A runners-up Boyle County had no problem with CAL, winning 56-21, while two 1A schools had no issues with higher-class opponents.  1A semifinalists Kentucky Country Day won their 11th straight regular season game to start their campaign, with a 37-12 triumph of 5A Iroquois, while Holy Cross improved to 2-0 after shutting out 4A Moore, 37-0.

Southern Indiana's action was headlined by another exciting back-and-forth matchup, Charlestown at Providence.  Tied at 14 going into the 4th, it took two long offensive drives that were capped by a 3-yard carry from Jeremy Gettelfinger, and a 37-yard Nathan Striby field goal, to give the Pioneers a 23-14 victory and their first win of the season.

Also, Silver Creek's Ben Landers ran for 181 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Dragons' 49-13 edging of Scottsburg.  For the Creek, it's their third 5-0 start in the last 4 years.  Also, Floyd Central made it 2-for-2 this season against Jeffersonville, as the Highlanders won going away, 38-10.  And road losses for both Clarksville and New Albany put their records at 3-2.

Over in the Lexington area, Sayre appears to be the area's surprise team. The Spartans, coached by former Marshall and NFL quarterback Chad Pennington, are off to a 2-0 start after a 42-6 win over Berea.  But for the second week in a row, an area game's finish came right down to the wire.  Lexington Christian's Andrew Dobbs made a 40-yard field goal as time ran out to give the Eagles a 23-20 win over Lexington Catholic.

Our broadcast coverage this Friday has New Albany traveling to Bloomington North, while Male is at Butler, PRP hosts Western, and Douglass, after a week off, travels to Scott County.  Plus, you can check our ticker during game nights for all the scores, at the home page on GLICOD.com.