Friday Night Spotlights
by Jeffrey Reynolds Sports Editor
Once again there were some outstanding performances this past Friday night in local high school football action.
Senior tailback Joe May scored four touchdowns and had 385 all-purpose yards for Mingo Central in their 30-12 victory over Man. May returned two punts for scores, one from 70 yards and one from 73 yards. He rushed for 185 yards, which puts him well over 500 yards for the season in just four games.
Belfry’s Justin Johnson, a junior, scored three times and rushed for 132 yards on only five carries. The Pirates creamed Sheldon Clark 54-6.
Mikey Newsome of Tug Valley, a senior quarterback, passed for 201 yards on 11-20 passing and a TD. He also had a late interception to help the Panthers beat Tolsia 18-14. It was the first win in school history over the Rebels.
Prestonburg High quarterback Jarred Jarrell and receiver Bryson Williams broke some Kentucky state records in their win over Pike County Central. Jarrell set a new state record with 676 yards. through the air, adding a single game record nine touchdowns in an 83-49 whitewash of the Hawks.
Most of those yards and TDs arrived in the good hands of Williams, who finished with 357 yards and five scores. Those were state records too. Williams racked up those stats on just eight receptions, meaning that he scored a touchdown on more than half of his catches.
Fellow Blackcat wide receiver Grant Anderson finished with 206 yards and 4 touchdowns as well.
Amazingly, Jarrell’s outburst wasn’t even the first time a Kentucky quarterback has surpassed 600 yards through the air this season. Just two weeks earlier, Nelson County High QB Dylan Beasley set a record with 652 yards.
… This performance brought back memories of a few years ago when Matewan running back Paul McCoy broke the West Virginia rushing record for a single game. I covered that game, which was played at Phil Sizemore Stadium at Delbarton against Burch.
McCoy rushed for 661 yards on 28 carries in the 64-0 shutout win over the Bulldogs. He also scored 10 touchdowns in that game back in the fall of 2007.
… There are also some very good middle school teams in the area. Belfry’s varsity squad, made up mostly of 8th graders, is undefeated and plays East Ridge tonight at Vipperman Stadium. They will play host to Prestonsburg on Saturday.
… Williamson Middle School beat Matewan last week, with only 10 players. It takes a lot of heart for a team to win with that many players. Not only were they short on players, but they had no substitutes. So those 10 players had to play offense, defense and special teams for the entire game.
… WVU’s Tavon Austin caught 13 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in West Virginia’s 31-21 win over Maryland. For that performance he was selected as the Big 12 Player of the Week. The 13 receptions matched a school record set last week by Stedman Bailey. The receiving yardage was the second-highest of Austin’s career and marked the second consecutive game, and ninth in his career, in which he has recorded over 100 yards. He is now tied at No. 2 on the career touchdown receptions chart with 22 and also moved up to No. 2 in career receiving yards with 2,469.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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