Russell head football coach Ivan McGlone was upset.
McGlone watched his offensive line blow some assignments in his single-wing offense, and with six minutes, 38 seconds left in the first quarter of Friday's game at Fleming County, he called a time out.
Whatever McGlone said, the Red Devils listened. Senior running back Bryant Cathey's career-high 145 yards rushing on 18 carries led Russell to a 35-6 win in the Class 3A District 6 game at Panther Field.
“We (weren't) blocking it correctly,” McGlone said. “...We did a little bit better job later on.”
Cathey also scored a touchdown, but he wasn't the only contributor to Russell's 346 yards rushing, as the Red Devils out-gained the Panthers, 390-158 altogether.
Senior Gage Stevens ran 12 times for 91 yards, and the defense held the Panthers to minus-1 yards on the ground, thanks to Fleming County's 19-yard loss on a fumble.
“I thought Cathey ran well, Gage ran well,” McGlone said. “Both of them are fullbacks mostly. They kind of alternate with each other because both of them play linebacker.”
Cathey said he or Stevens are usually lead blockers for halfback Troy Huffine, who was out with a separated shoulder. Friday, Cathey and Stevens ran away from the wingback most of the night.
“We busted out, and it's the weak side always, and the running back hits the end,” Cathey said. “We just find a seam.”
Fleming County coach Bill Spencer remembered Russell's timeout, too.
“From that point on, they controlled the line of scrimmage,” Spencer said. “Early in the game, it was kind of a defensive battle.”
Almost as much as what Cathey and Stevens did, Friday was about who didn't play.
Senior quarterback Desmond McAdams, who had thrown for 1,544 yards and 15 touchdowns, served the first of a two-game suspension after being ejected late in the second quarter of last week's win over Lewis County.
Problem was, the ejection shouldn't have been called because McAdams merely pushed aside a Lewis County player following his interception instead of throwing a punch. Officials tried to change the ejection to a 15-yard personal foul at the time and looked at game video from both sides, but state rules prohibit a reversal.
Which meant, the player with the most stressful job last night was Fleming County sophomore Jake Boyd, who replaced McAdams.
“Jake's a smart kid,” Spencer said before the game. “The (junior varsity) is undefeated with him.”
The Red Devils (4-2, 2-0 in district) mostly contained Boyd. Except for an 80-yard touchdown toss to Maverick Burnett early in the third quarter, Russell limited him to 79 more yards and picked two passes.
“It was probably the biggest game we could have thrown him out in,” Spencer said. “... Stats-wise it may not have been great, but I'm just proud of the way he handled himself.”
After Russell's timeout, the Red Devils took 11 plays and a little more than four minutes to open the scoring. Credit Cathey — 66 rushing yards by halftime — his six carries for 48 yards, including the final one for the score, led his team.
Russell out-gained the Panthers for the half, 164-3. Fleming County's (4-3, 2-1) biggest bobble was Burnett's fumble that ultimately became a 19-yard loss midway through the second quarter.
After Fleming County's deepest first-half penetration to its own 48, Russell's single-wing offense held the ball nearly seven minutes. Senior Dylan Howard capped the 11-play, 81-yard drive with a two-yard plunge with 6:49 to go before intermission.
Russell quarterback Lance Evans threw for just 44 yards, but seven of them were a touchdown pass to Googie Hayes a little more than four minutes into the third quarter.
After Boyd-to-Burnett for the score, Russell blunted the Panthers' momentum on Stevens' two-yard run and interceptions from Howard and Cathey. Evans finished the scoring with a five-yard run with 7:34 left in the game.
Russell head football coach Ivan McGlone was upset.
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Boyd County sophomore basketball player Logan Fraley has announced her commitment to Marshall University.
The 5-foot-11 shooting guard informed Marshall women’s coach Matt Daniel of her decision on Monday morning, which was confirmed by Boyd County coach/father Pete Fraley via text message.
63rd softball: Greenup leans on bunting, baserunning; Russell wins
Immersed in another district contest with little breathing room, Greenup County softball coach Eric Keeton resorted to the strengths of his lineup: bunting and baserunning.
Two bunts and a swinging bunt helped the Lady Musketeers scratch across three runs in the fifth inning of a 6-2 victory over Raceland in the 63rd District Tournament opening round on Monday night at Russell High School. Top-seeded Russell defeated Lewis County, also 6-2, earlier in the evening.
Boyd pounds out 11 hits to go along with Grimm’s shutout, 14-0
Robbie Shivel might be a little sore after Monday night, but it was Fairview that left the game battered and bruised.
Boyd County belted out 11 hits to go along with Dylan Grimm's complete-game gem as the Lions roared past Fairview, 14-0, in the opening round of the 64th District Tournament at Ashland's Alumni Field. The game lasted five innings.
Different look, same results for Lady Lions
A longtime fixture in the 64th District softball championship game, Boyd County looked different this return trip.
The Lady Lions defeated Fairview 10-5 in Monday’s district semifinal, which doubled as an Autism Awareness Night. Boyd County players wore light blue shirts and colorful, jigsaw puzzle socks for the event, which had to be rescheduled more than once due to weather problems.
Musketeers explode in final 2 innings to beat Raceland; good times continue for Lewis
Through the first four innings of its 63rd District Tournament opener, Greenup County found itself hitless. The Musketeers made up for it over the next two innings.
Greenup County scored eight runs on eight hits in the final two innings to defeat Raceland, 9-1, at Russell High School on Monday.
The will to win
Opponents get the same look from Emily Stewart whether it’s softball, basketball or soccer season.
Steely eyed and lips pursed, the Boyd County senior is keenly focused and all business between the lines.
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It is a saying that proved to be all too true for Rowan County on Friday night at the KHSAA Class 2A State Track and Field Championships at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park.
Womack eliminated in state semis; Rose Hill, Russell doubles also ousted
Fairview senior Kennedy Womack wasn’t her consistent self in Saturday morning’s state tennis semifinals at the University of Kentucky’s Hilary Boone Tennis Complex.
As a result, the top seed fell to Lexington Sayre sophomore Madeline Rolph 6-1, 6-0.
Womack was obviously disappointed with her finish, especially after losing in last year’s state finals, but she was happy for her good friend Rolph.
If Fairview could have fielded a combined track and field team at Saturday’s Class A State Track and Field Championships, the Eagles and Lady Eagles would have had a record day. Instead, the Fairview girls had to “settle” for fifth, while the boys’ claimed 10th.
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