By DOUG EADS
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.