Boys of Fall

Gerald Porter

The Ashland Beacon


Ashland 21 Raceland 14

     The old saying football is a game of two halves definitely held true Friday night at Putnam Stadium. The first half was all Raceland as the Rams jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Dalton Adkins and a 30-yard pass from Jake Heighton to Gunnur Lewis.

   The Tomcats came out fired up in the second half. Braxton Ratliff completed a 69-yard pass to Andy Layne to cut the lead to 14-7 early in the third quarter and Keontae Pittman’s 4-yard run pulled Ashland to within one heading into the fourth quarter. The Tomcat’s defense held Raceland on a fourth and goal from the one yard line and on the next play Ratliff connected with Cade Brandt for a 99-yard touchdown reception to put the Tomcats up for good 21-14.

   Heighton finished the game 12-for-20 for 200 yards and Hunter Lacks led the Rams in rushing with 115 yards on 23 carries.

    Ratliff completed 10 of 16 for 281 yards, the third highest single game total in Ashland’s history. Brandt accounted for 163 yards receiving and Layne 85 on three catches a piece.

   Ashland will travel to Charleston Friday night to face George Washington and Raceland will host West Carter.

Boyd County 37

Fairview 14

   Boyd County started out their season with a 37-14 win over Fairview in Westwood Friday night. The Lions opened up a 25-0 lead in the first half on touch

down runs of four and nine yards by Carter Stephens, a 35 yard run to pay dirt by Thomas Salyer and a safety when Riley Wheatley forced a fumble by Fairview quarterback Jack Roy.

   The Eagles scored late in the half on a 6-yard pass from Roy to Johnny Elswick.

   The Lions added on two scores in the fourth quarter on a 38-yard run by Salyer and a 6-yard scamper by Jacob Kelly. Roy had a one yard run to account for the Eagles only score in the second half.

The Lions rushed for 491 yards, led by Thomas Salyer’s 244 yards and two touchdowns.

   Roy completed 19-of-44 passes for 239 for the Eagles.

   Fairview will host Nicholas County Friday and Boyd County will be at home against South Point.

Greenup County 41

Russell 21

   The Musketeers high powered offense got off to a

slow start Saturday night as the Red Devils jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a Malakai Anderson 1-yard run.

Dalton Halstead ran the

ball in twice from the one yard line in the second

quarter to give Greenup County a 14-7 lead at the intermission.

   Musketeers quarterback Eli Sammons opened up the second half by connecting on two touchdown passes of 54 and 64 yards to Patrick Kelley.

  A 22-yard run by Landon Duvall cut the Greenup County lead to 23-14 but Austin Evans countered with a 56 yard touchdown run for the Musketeers.

   Halstead, who rushed for 172 yards, added a 66-yard run for a score in the fourth and the Red Devils’ Ethan Sharp closed out the scoring with 7-yard run late in the second half.

   Russell will be at home Friday night against Ironton and Greenup County will host Fleming County.