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.

BOYS SOCCER FROM LAST WEEK



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

GIRLS SOCCER FROM LAST WEEK

Pulaski County 2 — Danville 1



Pulaski County 3 — Garrard County 1

Madison Southern 2 — Southwestern 0

Danville 5 — Somerset 1

VOLLEYBALL FROM LAST WEEK

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.

GAME OF THE WEEK

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.

OTHER ACTION INVOLVING LOCAL TEAMS

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

By DOUG EADS

Hey sports fans. High school sports is rapidly approaching, and The Doug Out will have you covered once again.

Whether it’s high school football games, soccer, volleyball, cross country racing, you name it, The Doug Out will try to keep you posted on how your favorite team or athlete is doing as the fall sports season gets underway.

Beginning on Monday, August 16th, I will have a weekly blog to keep you updated on all the happenings in our community in local sports. So, bookmark my site at dougeads.somersetaudio.com for all the coverage of your favorite team.



As always, thank you for your support of my blog, and may God bless you each and everyone.



12th Regional Basketball All-Tournament Team

The 2020 12th Regional Basketball All-Tournament Team are as follows: Front row left to right are:  Aiden Slone (Danville), Colton Fraley (Pulaski County), Cole Dysinger (Southwestern), Zach Travis (Pulaski County), Kade Grundy (Somerset), and Thomas Spencer (Wayne County). Second row left to right are Darrian Bell (Danville), Clayton Winter (West Jessamine), Daniel Waters (West Jessamine), Nate Breeden (West Jessamine), Trey Dawson (Danville) DeAjuan Stepp (West Jessamine), DeQuante Jackson (East Jessamine), Elijah Frye (Lincoln County), and Jase Bruner (Somerset). The All-Tournament Team was selected by The Doug Out.
Photo by Doug Eads


Admirals end Somerset’s season on a last-second tip in

Somerset’s Dylan Burton scored 11 points in Monday night’s 12th Regional semi final game against Danville, but it would be the Admirals avenging two earlier losses to Somerset this season thanks to a last-second tip in with a 66-64 win over the Briar Jumpers.
Photo by Nick Hibbard

By DOUG EADS

The Somerset Briar Jumpers had been near or at the top of the 12th Regional standings all season long.

On Monday night at Pulaski County High School in the semi finals of the Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament, an old nemesis — the Danville Admirals — were standing in Somerset’s way to a regional title game appearance.

And, the Ads came out like a house on fire.



After losing to Somerset in both regular season meetings, Ed McKinney’s club was looking to make a statement on Monday night, and the Ads did just that.

Danville came out and punched Somerset squarely in the mouth, leading the Briar Jumpers by 17 points at halftime, and despite a valiant comeback effort, Somerset would fall in heart-breaking fashion thanks to a last second tip in from Jalen Dunn, helping Danville escape with a 66-64 victory.

Wow, what a game.

Danville — thanks to some red-hot shooting from downtown — led Somerset at the break by a whopping, 39-22 margin.

Somerset was dead, right? No, that would be wrong.

Playing with the heart of a champion, Jeron Dunbar’s club fought back.

Jase Bruner hit three treys in the second half, while Gavin Stevens knocked down a pair of three’s after the intermission, helping Somerset to get back off the mat.

And, despite the fact that Somerset’s leading scorer — Kade Grundy — rolled an ankle and basically played the fourth quarter on one leg, the Briar Jumpers roared back.



Somerset fought all the way back from that 17-point halftime deficit to knot things up at 64-64 with less than a minute to play in the contest, before Danville held the ball for a last shot.

That shot was missed, but Jalen Dunn’s tip in was good just before the final horn sounded, sending Danville to the regional title game, while ending Somerset’s season in heart-breaking fashion with a 66-64 win over the Briar Jumpers.

Bruner and Grundy both led Somerset with 15 points each in the game, while Dylan Burton and Stevens each chipped in with 11 points, for a Briar Jumper team that saw their season end with a 26-6 record.

Danville — with the win — moved on to Tuesday night’s championship game of the tournament to face West Jessamine at 7 p.m. from Pulaski County High School.



West Jessamine takes down PC in semi finals

Pulaski County senior Garrett Heath — who played the entire season basically with one arm due to a shoulder injury — scored seven points on Monday night in what would the the final game of an outstanding prep career, as West Jessamine knocked off the Maroons in the 12th Regional Tournament semi finals.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

The Pulaski County Maroons came into Monday night’s 12th Regional Tournament semi finals with a 25-6 won-loss record on the season, and a homecourt advantage over West Jessamine.

When all was said and done, none of that mattered.

West Jessamine used a 15-2 run in the first quarter to take a 20-12 lead over John Fraley’s club at the end of the first period — and despite more than one comeback attempt from Pulaski County — it would be the visiting Colts moving on to the tourney’s championship game, with an 82-68 victory over the Maroons.



Garrett Heath — playing in his final game of an outstanding prep career at Pulaski County — hit a three-pointer just before the horn sounded to end the first half, helping the Maroons get back in this one only trailing West Jessamine 35-30 at the intermission.

However, despite two or three comeback attempts in the second half, every time the Maroons got the deficit down to a working margin, it was the Colts who would have an answer.

Nate Breeden killed Pulaski County all night long from downtown, as he hit six three’s in the game on his way to a game-high 27 points.

Pulaski County meanwhile was led by Colton Fraley — also playing in the final game of an outstanding career — with 18 points, while Zach Travis added 15 points for the Maroons.

With the loss, Pulaski County finished its season with a 25-7 record, while West Jessamine moved on to Tuesday night’s championship game of the tournament, which will tip off at Pulaski County High School at 7 p.m.



Jumpers open regional tourney with win over East

Somerset’s Kade Grundy poured in a game-high 34 points on Thursday night, leading the Briar Jumpers to a 77-66 win over East Jessamine in the first round of the Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament.
Photo by David Rogers

By DOUG EADS

In Thursday night’s first round game of the Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament at Pulaski County High School, the Somerset Briar Jumpers found themselves in a 15-6 deficit to East Jessamine late in the first quarter.

No problem whatsoever for Jeron’s Dunbar’s club.

Kade Grundy tallied 18 of his game-high 34 points in the first half, helping Somerset go into the locker room with a 30-27 lead over the Jaguars.



Coming out of the intermission, Grundy drained a couple of contested three’s, and Somerset began the third period on a 20-6 run to take a 50-33 lead over the Jaguars.

Ballgame.

East Jessamine’s Michael Powell came out of the gate swinging, and he was largely responsible for the Jags racing out to that 15-6 lead over the Jumpers midway through the first quarter.

However from that juncture, Grundy took over at the offensive end of the floor, and the Jags had trouble all night long with Somerset’s size and length advantage down in the paint.

All five of Somerset’s starters hit for double figures in the win, with Grundy leading the way with 34 points.

Kaiya Sheron added 13 points in the win for Somerset, while Gavin Stevens, Dylan Burton, and Jase Bruner each added 10 points for a Briar Jumper team that improved to 26-5 on the season with the win.

On Monday night, Somerset will take on arch-rival Danville — a 70-60 winner over Wayne County in last night’s second first round game — in the second semi final contest.

The first semi final game on Monday night at Pulaski County High School will feature the homestanding Maroons taking on West Jessamine beginning at 6:30 p.m.



The Somerset-Danville game will follow that contest approximately 20 minutes after the first game.

The two winners on Monday night will face off on Tuesday night in the 12th Regional Tournament Championship Game from Pulaski County High School beginning at 7 p.m.