Maroons, Warriors Roll in Season Openers

Last Friday night was the opening act across the state of Kentucky for football teams in the Bluegrass, and here at home, both Pulaski County and Southwestern made big time splashes to unveil the 2021 campaign.

At PC Field, the Maroons got redemption and then some, knocking off Belfry for the first time in school history. And, Johnny Hines and crew did it convincingly, by a whopping margin of 55-13 over the Pirates.

Quarterback Drew Polston threw for over 300 yards and five touchdowns in the win, while Barek Williams, Antonio Palmer, and Logan Godby all had huge night’s receiving for the Maroons.

Williams scored a pair of TD’s, on the strength of seven receptions for 112 yards, while Palmer led PC with 128 yards on four catches and a pair of scores.

Godby meanwhile hauled in seven catches for 68 yards and a TD, on a night when the PC offense simply dump-trucked the Belfry defense.

On the ground, junior running back Donovan Abbott ran for a team-high 84 yards, and added a touchdown as well.

Pulaski County will look to move to 2-0 this Friday, as the Maroons travel to Monticello to take on the 1-0 Wayne County Cardinals.

That game can be heard on LAKE 102.3 FM, with yours truly on the call, bringing you all of the play-by-play action on your only source of PC football on the radio.

Meanwhile, Southwestern also was very impressive last Friday night, as Jason Foley’s club surpassed the 50-point plateau as well, with a 55-14 drubbing over Madison Southern.

Tanner Wright led a balanced rushing attack for Southwestern with 126 yards on the ground on 15 attempts and two tuochdowns.

Giddeon Brainard also scored a pair of TD’s, rushing for 82 yards on seven carries. Connor Crisp meanwhile added 73 yards rushing on nine carries.

Christian Walden hauled in a 30-yard TD pass, and Matt Shadoan had an eight-yard TD reception for Southwestern.

Hayden Burton also got in on the act, with a fumble recovery for another score.

This week, the Warriors will look to remain undefeated, as Southwestern will travel to West Jessamine.

Meanwhile, the Somerset Briar Jumpers were not as fortunate in their opener, losing to homestanding Lincoln County in the Death Valley Bowl by a final count of 50-20.

Quarterback Josh Gross had a pretty productive night throwing the football for Somerset, going 20-28 through the air for 178 yards and one touchdown and one interception.

Guy Bailey led the Jumpers with 88 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while Hayden Dick had seven receptions for 59 yards, and Kam Hughes had a receiving TD.

Grayson Turner also had a touchdown for the Briar Jumpers, with a kickoff return in the contest.

Somerset will come home this week to The Briar Patch, to host the 0-1 Russell County Lakers, who fell in their opener last Friday night to Adair County by a 46-7 margin.


Somerset 3 — Pulaski County 0

Pulaski County 8 — Whitley County 1

Pulaski County 2 — Greenwood 1

West Jessamine 2 — Somerset 1

Madison Southern 9 — Southwestern 1

Somerset Christian 3 — Casey County 0


Pulaski County 2 — Danville 1

Pulaski County 3 — Garrard County 1

Madison Southern 2 — Southwestern 0

Danville 5 — Somerset 1


West Jessamine 3 — Pulaski County 0

Southwestern 3 — Pulaski County 0

Southwestern 3 — Somerset Christian 0

McCracken County 3 — Southwestern 1

Bowling Green 3 — Southwestern 1

Whitley County 3 — Somerset 0

Somerset 3 — North Laurel 1

South Laurel 2 — Somerset 1

Somerset Christian 3 — Garrard County 0

Trinity Christian 3 — Somerset Christian 1

Somerset Christian 3 — Foundation Christian Academy 0

Fall Sports — Week 1 in the Books

The high school soccer season kicked off last week, and we had several local teams that enjoyed terrific starts to the 2021 season.


My game of the week came on Saturday night, when Pulaski County hosted arch-rival Southwestern at PC Field.

Darrell McGahan’s club proved to be too much for the visiting Warriors, as Pulaski County raced out to a 3-0 lead by the intermission, and had five different players score on its way to an impressive 5-1 victory over the blue and orange.

Dylan Cathers, Logan Corson, Tyson Absher, Gabe Rader, and Gavin Rader all tallied scores in the win, helping the Maroons improve to 2-0-1 on the season.

Pulaski County also garnered a win over Casey County last week by a score of 8-0, and the Maroons went to Danville and came away with a 2-2 tie.

This week, Pulaski County travels to Somerset on Tuesday night for another huge, cross-town showdown, before coming home on Thursday night to host Whitley County.

The Maroons will then travel to Bowling Green over the weekend to face Greenwood.

As for the Warriors, Southwestern — earlier in the week — rallied from a deficit at home to come back to tie Glasgow 3-3, before posting a hard-fought, 1-0 win over Mercer County.

This week, the Warriors will host Madison Southern on Thursday night.


In girl’s soccer action last week, NIck Stringer and the Southwestern Lady Warriors kicked off 2021 on a tear.

The Lady Warriors went 3-0 in week one, outscoring their opponents by a count of 21-4.

Rebekah Clark scored four goals last week, while Ashlan Cunnagin added three scores, and Carrine Souders and Kelsey Miller each tallied two goals, helping the Lady Warriors notch victories over South Laurel, Danville, and Knox Central respectively.

This week, Southwestern will travel to Pulaski County on Monday night, and to Madison Southern on Thursday night, before coming home to host Casey County on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

Pulaski County went 1-1 last week, with a 10-1 win over Casey County, as Maddie and Allie Sexton each scored three goals in the win over the Lady Rebels.

On Friday night, the Lady Maroons fell to Lincoln County by a score 1-0.

PC will host Southwestern on Monday night, before traveling to Danville to face the Lady Admirals on Thursday.

Somerset meanwhile won its first two games of the season, by defeating McCreary Central and Casey County by a combined score of 21-1.

This week, the Lady Jumpers will travel to Danville and to Barren County.

The Somerset boys only played one game last week, knocking off district foe Casey County by a 6-0 margin.

Chanler Edwards and Josh Tucker led the way for the Briar Jumpers with two goals each in the win.

This week, the Briar Jumpers will host district foe Pul.aski County on Tuesday night, before traveling to West Jessamine on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, high school volleyball gets underway this week, with the big game coming on Thursday night, when Pulaski County will host arch-rival Southwestern.

The Lady Warriors host Somerset Christian School on Tuesday night before traveling to PC on Thursday.

Somerset meanwhile will host North Laurel on Thursday night and South Laurel on Friday evening.

Somerset Christian meanwhile will have its first home game on Friday evening, hosting Foundation Christian Academy.

High School Sports is Upon us Once Again


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