Somerset falls at Lexington Christian 35-34

By DOUG EADS

For the first time of the 2019 high school football season, the Somerset Briar Jumpers tasted defeat last Friday night.

Playing on the road at Lexington Christian Academy, the top-ranked Jumpers lost in a heart-breaker, thanks to an LCA two-point conversion late in the game that gave the Eagles a one-point advantage — a lead that would wind up being the final score of the game in favor of LCA, 35-34 over Somerset.

For Somerset, it was the Briar Jumpers first loss of the season, as Robbie Lucas’ club fell to 7-1 on the year, dropping a very important district contest to the Eagles in heartbreaking fashion.



Quarterback Kaiya Sheron completed 10-18 passes through the air for 274 yards, with those two scores going to Kade Grundy and Carson Guthrie.

Grundy hauled in three catches in the loss for 89 yards and a TD, while Guthrie had two receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown.

On the ground, Cam Austin led the Somerset rushing attack with 61 yards on six attempts, while Jase Bruner ran for 59 yards on eight carries.

Somerset — 7-1 on the season — will return home on Friday night, taking on Washington County.

Kickoff for that contest is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m.



Somerset obliterates Russellville 64-12

Kade Grundy tip toes down the sidelines during Friday’s game against Russellville. Grundy and Somerset had a huge night, downing the Panthers on Homecoming week by a final count of 64-12. With the win, the Briar Jumpers remained perfect on the season at 5-0 on the year.
Photo by Nick Hibbard

By DOUG EADS

The Russellville Panthers proved to be the perfect homecoming opponent on Friday night for a Somerset team that was undefeated coming in, and the number-one ranked team in the state of Kentucky in Class 2 A.

Simply, Robbie Lucas and company ran roughshod over the visitors from Logan County who limped into the contest winless on the season with an 0-5 record.

Alex Miller rushed for a game-high 170 yards, scoring three touchdowns along the way, while quarterback Kaiya Sheron was a perfect, 6-6 through the air for 82 yards and a TD pass.



Jerrod Smith got in on the fun with 77 yards on seven carries and a score, and Mikey Garland had a 40-yard fumble return for another touchdown for Somerset.

In short, the Panthers were no match for a Somerset team that has been on a roll since the opening kick of the 2019 high school football season.

Somerset will put its number-one state ranking and undefeated record on the line on Friday night, as the 5-0 Briar Jumpers will travel to Hazard to face a Bulldog team that is 5-1 on the season, and has won five games in a row after a season-opening, 22-20 loss to Harlan County.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.



Big second half propels Somerset to 41-14 win

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Briar Jumpers moved to 4-0 on the season last Friday night, and Robbie Lucas’ club did it in impressive fashion.

Going on the road to play a 4-0 Williamsburg team, Somerset put together an impressive second half, scoring 27 unanswered points after the intermission, helping the Briar Jumpers roll to a 41-14 win over the Yellowjackets.

Quarterback Kaiya Sheron had another big game for Somerset, completing 17-22 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns.



Alex Miller had a huge game as well on the ground for Somerset, as the senior tailback carried the football 26 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns.

Kade Grundy led the Jumpers in receiving in the win over the Yellowjackets, hauling in six catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Somerset — 4-0 on the season with the win — will return home this Friday night at Clark Field, as the Briar Jumpers will host the winless Russelville Panthers.

Kickoff for that game is set for 7:30 p.m.



Somerset moves to 3-0 on season by pounding Beechwood 46-14

By DOUG EADS

It had been a long, long time since the Somerset Briar Jumpers had felt good after tangling with Beechwood on the gridiron.

Well, last Friday night at Somerset’s Clark Field, head coach Robbie Lucas and the Briar Jumpers had to feel pretty good about themselves, after taking out years of frustration on the Tigers.

After losing at Beechwood last season by a 28-0 score in a game that was cut in half due to inclement weather, Somerset got its revenge on the northern Kentucky powerhouse in last Friday night’s rematch on the Briar Jumpers home turf.



Quarterback Kaiya Sheron completed 9-11 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns, Alex Miller ran for a couple of scores, and Kade Grundy and Tate Madden each had TD receptions, as Somerset simply dump-trucked the visitors from northern Kentucky.

Miller had yet another huge game on the ground, rushing for 144 yards on 20 attempts and scoring a pair of TD’s.

Somerset also got TD runs in the win from Jerrod Smith and Dyllan Keith.

Sheron — who had a great night throwing the football — also got it done on the ground, rushing for 112 yards on only nine attempts.

Grundy meanwhile had 86 yards receiving and scored a TD on two receptions, while Madden hauled in a 37-yard pass from Sheron for another score.

Somerset — who remained a perfect, 3-0 on the season with the win — will enjoy an open date this coming Friday.

The Briar Jumpers will return to action next Friday night, September 20th, on the road at Williamsburg.

The Yellow Jackets also improved to 3-0 last Friday evening, with a convincing, 44-13 win over Leslie County.



Williamsburg will be in action this Friday night at home, hosting Frankfort.



Somerset hangs 75 on Montgomery County to move to 2-0 on the season

By DOUG EADS

MT. STERLING — Somerset was mighty impressive defensively in its season opener, breaking in the new synthetic turf surface at Clark Field back on August 23rd with an impressive, 40-0 beatdown over Rockcastle County.

This past weekend, Robbie Lucas and company was arguably, even more impressive on the other side of the football.

Facing a 1-0 Montgomery County team on the road, the Briar Jumpers came out and simply put a whipping on the Indians, rolling to a 75-13 victory to move to 2-0 on the year.



That’s right. Somerset put up 75 points on homestanding Montgomery County on Friday night, and did it in very impressive fashion.

Quarterback Kaiya Sheron completed eight of nine pass attempts for 222 yards and three touchdowns in a very impressive performance in the victory.

Sheron also rushed for 70 yards in the win on only three carries, but it was Alex Miller that led the Somerset ground attack, rushing for 102 yards and three more scores.

Kade Grundy hauled in three receptions for 100 yards and a score, and Jayden Gilmore took the ball to the house with his only reception of the game, on a 54-yard scoring toss from Sheron.

Somerset — 2-0 on the young season — will return home on Friday night to face a Beechwood team that defeated Somerset in northern Kentucky last year by a score of 28-0 in a game shortened due to inclement weather.

And, the Tigers don’t figure to be in a very good mood heading into Friday night’s contest.

Beechwood lost in its season opener over the weekend, falling to Paintsville at Georgetown College by a final score of 19-14.

Kickoff for the Briar Jumpers — Beechwood game is set for this coming Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 





CC’s Furniture gives back

CC’s Furniture had a recent sale, and is giving a $750 donation to all three local football programs, for a total donation of $2,250. Pictured above are Brad Carroll and David Crawford of CC’s Furniture, and Doug Eads from The Doug Out Sports Blog, with the Somerset Briar Jumper football team. Pictures with Pulaski County and Southwestern are coming.
Photo by David Rogers


Football coaches show coming on WLLK-FM, LAKE 102.3 from CC’s Furniture

By DOUG EADS

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.

See you there.