Pulaski County head football coach Johnny Hines and the Maroons will look to even their record to 1-1 on the young season tonight, as PC will travel to Monticello to face Wayne County.
Photo by Nick Hibbard
By DOUG EADS
Tonight week two of the 2019 high school football season gets underway, and the Pulaski County Maroons will be trying to get win number one of the year, while trying to get a little redemption in the process.
Coming off of last week’s 21-14 loss in the Don Franklin Bowl to Lexington Catholic, PC travels to Wayne County this evening for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff, trying to knock off a Cardinal football team that has had PC’s number in recent years.
Two years ago at Wayne County, the Cardinals scored a touchdown inside the game’s final minute, earning a hard-fought 29-27 win over the Maroons.
Last season at PC, the Cards rallied from a second half deficit to defeat Pulaski County for the second year in a row with a 34-25 win over the Maroons.
Last week, Drew Polston making his first prep start, connected on 25-44 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown, but it would not be enough to knock off the Knights, who rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit for the 21-14 victory over Pulaski County.
Jake Sloan hauled in 14 catches last week for 192 yards in last week’s season opener, and both of those guys will need to come up big tonight for PC to have a shot at getting win number one on the season.
If you can’t make it to the game, you can tune in to LAKE 102.3 FM and listen to me and Melanie Hines with the call of the game. Our pregame show gets underway at 7:15 p.m. tonight, so tune into tonight to THE LAKE, LAKE 102.3 FM.
In other action tonight involving local teams, Southwestern will try to get win number one of the year, as the Warriors travel to Berea to face the Madison Southern Eagles.
Meanwhile, Somerset will try to stay unbeaten, as the Briar Jumpers will travel to Montgomery County to face the Indians.
The 2019 high school football season kicked off on Friday night, and the Pulaski County Maroons and Southwestern Warriors both began their respective seasons with disappointing losses.
In game one of last night’s Don Franklin Bowl, the Maroons built up a 14-0 lead over Lexington Catholic by halftime, but UK football commit — quarterback Beau Allen — led the Knights with a resounding comeback, scoring 21 unanswered points after the intermission to knock off Johnny Hines and the Maroons 21-14.
The loss foiled the debut of Pulaski County’s new starting quarterback –sophomore Drew Polston — who turned in a brilliant performance in his first ever start at the varsity level.
Polston connected on 25-44 pass attempts through the air for 286 yards and a touchdown pass, but he was picked off twice in the second half when Lexington Catholic started to gain momentum and begin its comeback.
Polston also led PC with a team-high, 89 yards rushing on 14 attempts, and Jake Sloan hauled in 14 receptions for 192 yards, but it would not be enough to slow down Allen and company.
The Lexington Catholic quarterback completed 22-32 attempts for 276 yards and a TD, while rushing for two more scores, in leading the Knights to the comeback win.
Meanwhile in game two, the Jason Foley era got off to a rough start at Southwestern, as the Belfry Pirates rolled into The Reservation and put a 31-7 beatdown on the Warriors.
Belfry, led by the backfield triumphant of Isaac Dixon, Peyton Hensley, and Ben Bentley, rolled up over 300 yards rushing, while holding the Warriors to only 106 total yards of offense for the game.
Bentley led the way for Belfry with 123 yards rushing, while Dixon eclipsed the 100-yard plateau as well, adding 111 yards on the ground.
The Pirates raced out to a 17-0 lead at halftime, as the Warriors could get absolutely nothing going offensively early on.
Belfry eventually built the lead up to 31-0, before Southwestern’s Connor Crisp ran into the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown run very late in the game.
Austin Barnes led the Warriors in rushing in the loss, gaining 32 yards on five carries, with most of that yardage coming late in the game on the Southwestern scoring drive.
This week, both local schools will try to get into the win column, but to do it, they will each have to go on the road at two very difficult venues for visiting teams over the past few seasons.
Southwestern will travel to Berea on Friday night to face the Madison Southern Eagles, while Pulaski County will visit Wayne County, to square off against the Cardinals.
Both of those contests are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
You can listen to the Pulaski County — Wayne County game on LAKE 102.3 FM, as yours truly and Melanie Hines will be bringing you all of the exciting play by play action, on your only local source on the radio this season for Pulaski County and Southwestern football.
Both the Pulaski County Maroons and Southwestern Warriors come into the 2019 high school football season with a ton of aspirations, with each club being bonafide district and regional title contenders.
On Friday night in the annual Don Franklin Bowl, both Johnny Hines and Jason Foley will know exactly where their clubs stand at the end of the night real fast, as the Maroons and Warriors have two outstanding opponents waiting in the wins to kick off the ’19 high school football season.
Simply, to say that both the Maroons and Warriors have stern tests awaiting them in their season openers would be a gross understatement.
In game one on Friday night at Southwestern’s Reservation, Hines and the Pulaski County Maroons will take on Lexington Catholic and one of the top quarterbacks in all of America (Class of 2020) in Beau Allen — a University of Kentucky football commit.
In game two in the nightcap, the Jason Foley era gets underway at Southwestern, as the Warriors new coach will line his team up against a perennial powerhouse from mountains in the Belfry Pirates.
Wow, what a bowl game doubleheader to kick off the 2019 high school football season.
In game one, Hines and crew will be tested right out of the gate by the Knights and Allen, while life without All-State quarterback Wiley Cain begins for PC, as newcomer — sophomore quarterback Drew Polston — will take over the controls of the Maroon offense.
“Lexington Catholic is a perennial football powerhouse, and they’ve won several state championships over the years,” stated Hines earlier this week.
“They’re one of the favorites in Class 4 A this year as well, and in quarterback Beau Allen, you’ve got the number one candidate for Mr. Football as we go into this season, so they’ve got a lot of things going for them headed into this year,” added the PC head coach.
As for Foley, he returns to the area after a very successful two-year stint as the head coach at Taylor County.
Before that, he was the head coach at Northern Middle School — the feeder school into Pulaski County High School — where he led the Maroons to four middle school state titles.
In facing a team like Belfry and a coach like Philip Haywood, Foley says he and his players fully understand just what a tall order is standing in front of them on Friday evening.
“We’re excited to get this first game going, and we’ve definitely got a very tough opponent right out of the gate,” Foley pointed out.
“We’ve got a lot of respect for Belfry and coach (Philip) Haywood and their program,” added the Southwestern head coach. “We know that it’s going to be a big challenge, but we’re ready to get the season started.”
As for the Don Franklin Family of Dealerships is concerned, General Manager of the Chevrolet-GM store in Somerset — Joe Cummins — says the dealership is very proud to sponsor such a high quality bowl, and this is just another venue that his company loves to be involved with, in an effort to keep reaching out to our local community in any way possible.
“To see the magnitude of this bowl game, and to see the kind of teams that are coming in to play in our bowl game is just awesome,” stated Cummins.
“You talk about Lexington Catholic and you talk about Belfry, and those are just two powerhouse schools as we all know,” Cummins added. “We hope that our schools here locally come out victorious in these games and get the season off to a good start. I mean this is like the Daytona 500 for us race fans, in that the NASCAR season starts off with their super bowl in that race. To start the high school football season off with a pair of games like this is to me at least, it’s like starting the season off with a pair of championship games.”
You can listen to your only local source on the radio of Pulaski County and Southwestern this season, as yours truly and Melanie Hines will be bringing you all of the exciting action of both games from the Don Franklin Bowl this Friday evening on THE LAKE, LAKE 102.3 FM.
Kickoff for game one — PC vs. Lexington Catholic — is set to get underway at 6 p.m., and our coverage will get underway at 5:45 p.m. with our pregame show.
The 2019 high school football season is just around the corner, and the annual football coaches show is coming up next week on Lake 102.3 FM.
This year’s show will take place on Tuesday night, August 13th at 7 p.m. at CC’s Furniture, with yours truly interviewing all three local coaches, getting a feel for their respective teams and what the 2019 season may hold for each one of them.
Pulaski County head coach Johnny Hines will kick things off at 7 p.m., followed by Somerset Briar Jumper head coach Robbie Lucas at 7:20 p.m., and ending with first-year Southwestern head coach Jason Foley at 7:40 p.m.
“We are very pleased and glad to have the opportunity once again to bring the coaches show to all of our local high school football fans in the Lake Cumberland area,” stated Rod Zimmerman, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartRadio of Somerset.
“We would also like to say a very special thank you to Mr. Brad Carroll and everyone at CC’s Furniture for sponsoring our coaches show, and allowing us to do it at their venue,” Zimmerman added. “And, we are also very grateful to the Don Franklin Family of Dealerships for being our title sponsor of local high school football once again this year.”
The Pulaski County Maroons will take on Lexington Catholic on Friday night August 23rd in the first game of the annual Don Franklin Bowl at Southwestern High School beginning at 6 p.m., with the homestanding Warriors taking on the Belfry Pirates, as the Jason Foley era gets underway at Southwestern in a very tough opener for his club against a mountain powerhouse.
Both of those games will be on your only source of Pulaski County and Southwestern football on the radio this season — LAKE 102.3 FM — as Melanie Hines and I will be bringing you all of the exciting action, kicking off on the opening night of the season with our pregame show at around 5:45 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Somerset Briar Jumpers will be hosting Rockcastle County on August 23rd at 7:30 p.m., playing their first ever game on a brand new turf field.
So, there’s a lot to talk about, so join me on the annual coaches show on LAKE 102.3 FM on Tuesday night, August 13th from CC’s Furniture beginning at 7 p.m.
Come out and support your favorite team and check out all of the great deals and prices Brad Carroll and company will have on hand at CC’s Furniture.