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PREP FOOTBALL: MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK (09/16)

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By Chuck Jones

GAME BALL

Every time Central Hardin junior wideout Zach Helton touches the ball, he’s capable of making electrifying plays. Case in point, Friday night at Mercer County. Helton caught a touchdown, returned a punt for a score and even threw another one. He caught four passes for 46 yards. His touchdown pass covered 56 yards and his 43-yard punt return in the first quarter put the Bruins up by eight on their way to a big road victory.

HELMET STICKERS

n Fort Knox juniors Deonza Irving and Eli Escoffery both topped the 100-yard mark in a 34-21 win over Louisville Shawnee. Irving rushed for 134 yards on 20 attempts, while Escoffery added 103 yards on 28 tries.

n John Hardin senior quarterback Patrick Anderson passed for 213 yards and one touchdown, while he added 72 yards and another score on the ground.

n North Hardin freshman quarterback Isaiah Bankhead threw his first varisty touchdown pass, a perfect 28-yard scoring strike to senior Dante Johnson.

n Central Hardin sophomore Xavier Arnette rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.

STOCK UP

Fort Knox picked up its first win of the season. Coach Brandon Combs had the program heading in the right direction before stepping down two years ago. It’s been an uphill battle, but Combs seems to be working his magic once again which was validated by the win. John Hardin played its best game of the season in a 33-26 loss with Class 4-A power Fort Thomas Highlands. If the Bulldogs played like this the entire season, they’d be 3-1. Instead they’re 2-2, but this showed them what they’re capable of when they play with passion. This might end up being a good loss.

STOCK DOWN

Elizabethtown had a chance to show it was one of the top teams in 3-A this season. The Panthers didn’t have to win, but they needed to be competitive. While the effort was there and the defense kept it close, South Warren exposed Elizabethtown’s offense in a 35-0 rout. With Berneil Cecil bottled up, the Panthers couldn’t move the ball and managed only 49 yards of offense. This was the same problem they had last season when teams clamped down on Josh Williams. Developing a passing game is critical for the Panthers moving forward.

SUPER 7 RANKINGS

1. Central Hardin (4-0). The Bruins continued their torrid start with a convincing road win.

2. John Hardin (2-2). The offense churned out 484 yards against top-ranked Highlands.

3. Elizabethtown (3-1). The Panthers took a step back in loss to South Warren.

4. Meade County (2-1). The Green Wave were off this week.

5. Fort Knox (1-3). The Eagles started off district play with a much-needed victory.

6. North Hardin (0-4). The Trojans never got on track – offensively or defensively – at Warren Central.

7. LaRue County (0-4). The Hawks played an inspired first half, but Green County pulled away in second half.

THEY SAID IT

 “We finally just bought in as a team. This is what happens when we buy in as a team: we win. We have the talent to beat anybody, as long as we work hard.” — Fort Knox sophomore Cameron Pellegrino said after the Eagles’ 34-21 win over Shawnee.

Chuck Jones is the sports editor for The News-Enterprise. He can be reached at (270) 505-1759, or at cjones@thenewsenterprise.com.