By Kyle Lovern
Pikeville 68, Lynn Camp 8
PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The Pikeville Panthers continued to advance in the Class A playoffs by routing visiting Lynn Camp 68-8 at Hillard Howard Field Friday night.
Senior Daric Pugh scored five touchdowns (TDs) to lead the way. Pugh rushed four times for 176 yards and four scores and also hauled in a pass for an 11-yard TD.
Senior running back Anthony Vanderbeck rolled up 89 yards on three carries and a pair of TDs for Coach Chris McNamee’s squad.
Sophomore quarterback Wyatt Battaile completed 6-of-7 passes for 72 yards and a TD.
Evan Rhodes, another promising sophomore, rushed five times for 50 yards and a TD, while junior Tyler Elkins and Battaile each rushed for a score.
Pikeville jumped out to a huge 35-0 lead after one quarter of play. They led 49-0 at the half and cruised on to the easy win.
PHS rolled up 475 yards of total offense.
Defensively Blake Charles had six tackles for the Panthers, while Vanderbeck and Isaac Lucas each had five stops. Pikeville held Lynn Camp to just 104 yards and much of that was in the second half with several substitutes in the game.
The Panthers (9-2) will entertain Williamsburg on Friday night in the next round of the post season. Williamsburg defeated South Floyd 41-12 last weekend to advance.
Score by quarters:
Lynn Camp: 0 0 0 8 – 8
Pikeville: 35 14 13 6 – 68
Shelby Valley 56, Middlesboro 13
ROBINSON CREEK – Shelby Valley romped by visiting Middlesboro 56-13 in first round playoff action in Class AA last Friday night at Teco Field on Nov. 6.
Coach Eric Ratliff’s squad improved to 9-2 on the season and will host Lexington Christian this week. They defeated Prestonsburg 34-13 in their first round game to advance to play the Wildcats. The winner moves on to the regional championship game.
Running back Kasey Tackett carried six times for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 38-yard run with 8 minutes, 53 seconds left in the opening period to put the Wildcats up for good at 7-0.
His 12-yard run with less than three seconds left in the quarter extended the lead to 21-0.
Running back Chandler Rowe rushed seven times for 52 yards and a pair of five-yard touchdown runs. The first came was sandwiched around Tackett’s first-quarter scores while the second put the Wildcats up 42-0 with 3:41 to play in the opening half.
Quarterback Donovan Layne ran one yard for a score with 9:27 left in the second quarter and then hit Austin Elswick with a 35-yard scoring strike just two minutes later.
Chris Gunter’s fumble recovery in the end zone with 1:35 remaining before halftime pushed the lead to 49-0.
Mason Layne’s five-yard touchdown run with 43 seconds left in the third period capped the scoring for Shelby Valley.
Score by quarters:
MB: 0 0 6 7 – 13
SVHS: 21 28 7 0 – 56
Russell 44, Pike Central 13
RUSSELL, Ky. – Pike County Central saw its season come to an end as Russell scored 25 unanswered points to pull away and beat the Hawks, 44-13, in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs in a game played at Red Devil Stadium on Nov. 6.
Quarterback Seth Conn completed 15-of-30 passes for 162 yards and ran seven times for 53 yards as the Hawks finished up 3-8.
Conn ran 48 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to give the Hawks an early 7-0. His 21-yard touchdown pass to Stone Harris on the final play of the first half pulled Central to within 19-13.
Russell running back Nick Conley carried 15 times for 140 yards and five touchdowns, including three on runs of 15, 5 and 44 yards in the first half.
His one-yard run in the third period propelled the Red Devils into the second round tonight at Belfry.
Quarterback Jacob McKee completed 15-of-22 passes for 309 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns.
Score by quarters:
PCC: 7 6 0 0 – 13
Russell: 7 12 12 13 – 44
Other playoff scores from the region last week were:
Paintsville 50, Bracken County 24
Danville 49, East Ridge 0
Lexington Christian 34, Prestonsburg 13
Russell 43, Pike Central 13
West Carter 40, Sheldon Clark 3
Johnson Central 41, Homes 0
Hazard 41, Pineville 6
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)