By John Lachmann
Trailing by three in the final minute, Madison Central intercepted a pass and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown to ice a 42-33 win over Boone County on Saturday.
The Rebels trailed by five and drove to the Indians’ nine, but their drive stalled. However, Boone County got the ball back after tackling senior quarterback Hunter Stocker in the end zone for a safety with 52 seconds remaining.
But Madison Central sealed it when senior defensive back Ken-Jah Bosley picked off a pass by senior Blake Ingolia and ran it back for a touchdown.
Senior Jeremiah Williams led the Rebels with four catches for 106 yards and two TDs, and he returned a kickoff 94 yards for another touchdown and ran in a six-yard score. with the ball in Madison Central territory in the final minute
BOONE CO. 12-12-0-9—33
MADISON C. 20-13-0-9—42
BC-Williams 71 pass from Ingolia (kick blocked)
MC-Bosley 8 pass from Stocker (Durham kick)
BC-Williams 6 run (run failed)
MC-Hawkins 43 run (Durham kick)
MC-Bosley 17 pass from Stocker (kick failed)
MC-Hawkins 4 run (Durham kick)
BC-Williams 94 kickoff return (run failed)
MC-Hawkins 3 run (kick failed)
BC-Williams 24 pass from Ingolia (kick blocked)
BC-Diaw 1 run (O'Hara kick)
MC-Durham FG 22
BC-Safety: Sack in end zone
MC-Bosley 77 interception return
RECORDS: Madison Central 1-0, Boone County 0-1.
SCOTT 49, LESLIE COUNTY 7 – The Eagles won their season opener for the first time since 2008.
LLOYD 25, GALLATIN COUNTY 21 – Senior quarterback Dexter Smith ran in a one-yard touchdown with 1:50 remaining to lift Lloyd on Friday.
Smith finished with 97 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, and he was 10-of-23 passing for 187 yards and another TD.
The Juggernauts trailed by 14 after one quarter, but they pulled to within two by halftime after Smith went 54 yards for a touchdown run and senior wide receiver Tomi Mejolagbe caught a 67-yard TD from Smith.
Mejolagbe finished with three catches for 119 yards.
Junior Kyle Grant’s 16-yard score in the third quarter gave Lloyd its first lead, but the Rebels regained the lead when senior Paul Banks returning the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
Owen County went 4-and-out on their final drive, and Juggernauts sophomore cornerback Hayden Molitor knocked down a Rebels pass on fourth down to seal the game.
Lloyd rolled up 395 yards of offense – including 228 on the ground – while holding Owen County to 111.
OWEN CO. 14-0-7-0—21
at LLOYD 0-12-6-7—25
OC-Trammel 5 pass from Hazlett (Lowe kick)
OC-Day 64 interception return (Lowe kick)
L-Dex. Smith 54 run (kick failed)
L-Mejolagbe 67 pass from Dex. Smith (run failed)
L-Grant 16 run (run failed)
OC-Banks 80 kickoff return (Lowe kick)
L-Dex. Smith 1 run (Gutierrez kick)
RECORDS: Lloyd 1-0, Owen County 0-1.
SIMON KENTON 12, DANVILLE 7 – Junior safety Chase Wilson intercepted his second pass of the game in the final minute to seal the Pioneers’ win in the Death Valley Bowl at Lincoln County.
Trailing by five with time running out, Danville drove to the Simon Kenton 30 but Wilson picked off a pass at the 10 yard line with 56 seconds remaining.
Wilson’s other interception was also near the Simon Kenton goal line, preventing an Admirals’ score.
Danville opened the scoring in the second quarter, but before halftime Pioneers senior running back Andrew Sampson ran in a TD from four yards out.
Down by one, Simon Kenton senior fullback Jared Bowling caught a five-yard pass from junior Brennan Kuntz out of the backfield late in the third quarter to give the Pioneers the lead.
Kuntz finished 14-for-24 for 171 passing yards.
S. KENTON 0-6-6-0—12
D-Gray 35 run (Karapandzic kick)
SK-Sampson 4 run (kick failed)
SK-Bowling 5 pass from Kuntz (pass failed)
RECORDS: Simon Kenton 1-0, Danville 0-1.
HOLY CROSS 69, DAYTON 20 – Making his first varsity start under center, Indians senior Travis completed 16-of-20 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception.
Gabbard was also Holy Cross’ leading rusher with 87 ground yards including a 37-yard TD on nine carries.
Indians senior Vinny Pangallo caught six passes for 119 yards and two TDs, and he recovered a fumble on defense and ran it in for a third score.
Holy Cross’ Burt Pouncy set the tone by returning the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown, and he had six receptions for 87 yards and another score.
Dayton was led by senior quarterback Dejujuan Walker, who rushed 13 times for 109 yards and a touchdown and also threw for a TD.
at H.CROSS 21-20-21-7—69
HC-Pouncy 82 kickoff return (Scott kick)
D-Brockman 22 pass from Walker (kick failed)
HC-Beal 2 run (Scott kick)
HC-Pangallo 16 pass from Gabbard (Scott kick)
HC-Gabbard 37 run (Scott kick)
HC-Pouncy 20 pass from Gabbard (Scott kick)
HC-Pangallo 34 pass from Gabbard (kick failed)
D-Thiel 13 pass from Adams (kick failed)
D-Walker 70 run (Walker run)
HC-Beal 1 run (Scott kick)