Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 30, 2013

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: 'T' it up, kick a winner

Aaron Snyder
The Independent

ASHLAND — Ever play the game "Scattergories?"

The rules are simple. You roll the dice, it lands on a letter and you have a card containing a dozen descriptions. You must come up with qualifying subjects to match each explanation using that letter as the first of each word.

OK, so let's say your letter is "T." Here's your category:

‰Male first names.

After Friday night, three automatically pop into my head: Tyler, Tanner and Timmy.

Tyler Rose has steadily become a leader of the Ashland Tomcats. Rose has solidified his role as a dependable defensive end, but he showed he has an abundance of skills in his back pocket on Friday in Morehead. The backup QB was thrust into a starting role when No. 1 signal-caller Hunter Prince exited with an injury.

Rose aptly filled in, delivering a touchdown pass to Quinton Baker as one of his two completions in the second half.

Tanner Young is one of the few returning Fairview Eagles who didn't get the opportunity to play in last year's state championship game. He was sidelined with a broken ankle.

Young enjoyed a night to remember on Friday. Not only did he and the offensive line dominate East Ridge en route to 452 total offensive yards and a 55-7 victory, but the senior was crowned Homecoming King at halftime.

Timmy Dalton splashed onto the local sports scene with his basketball ability last winter as he helped lead Lawrence County back to both recognition and 15th Region contention.

Now on the football field, Dalton adds a little extra spice to his expansive mix of skills each week. The freshman has recently taken on a more enhanced defensive role. It's paid off for the Dawgs, as Dalton found himself in the middle of several tackles and even scooped up a fumble and scampered 89 yards for a momentum-changing score against Raceland on Friday.

Said Lawrence County coach Joe Cecil: "He's just a freshman, so I don't want to throw too much on him. But, we've got to play our best kids, and he's played a lot more defense the last couple weeks. Needless to say, he makes us a little bit better."

Got any "since?"

‰Lewis County hadn't started a season at 4-1 since ... 1985. The Lions won five of their first six games that season before finishing at 9-3.

‰Rowan County hadn't competed that closely with Ashland since ... 1998. The Vikings have never beaten the Tomcats, and they've lost by 10 or fewer points just three times (2013, 1998, 1995).

‰Fairview hadn't produced a 100-yard passer since ... Oct. 19, 2012. Alex Roy threw for 123 yards on 5-of-7 passing on Friday night against East Ridge. The sophomore tossed for 135 yards as a freshman against Nicholas County last fall.

Helmet Stickers

Four stickers: Ricky Goble (Lawrence County).

After battling through two ankle sprains — one of the preseason variety, the other suffered in Week 1 — the Bulldogs' senior fullback has looked better and better each week.

Deceptively fast and perceptively strong, Goble wills his way to tough yards carry after carry.

He deflected all the credit following his 23-attempt, 162-yard, four-TD rushing effort against Raceland, directing all the praise toward the Dawgs' offensive line.

Kudos to Goble for the humility, but as a witness, I must say that he could lay claim to sole ownership of a good deal of those yards.

Goble said he "ran a lot of hills" this past offseason, which explains why the 5-foot-7, 195-pounder looked like he has some speedier wheels this season.

Three: Connor Messer (Raceland), Fred Hightower (Fairview), Miles McGranahan (Ashland), Jordan Young (Johnson Central).

Two: Dalton Stamm (Lewis County), Nick Conley (Russell), Mason Thurman (Lewis County), Armonde Yetts (Fairview), Quinton Baker (Ashland), Daymion Belcher (Johnson Central), Zach Gound (Johnson Central), Isaac Lee (Rowan County), Mark Fannin (Paintsville).

One: Ethan Thompson (Russell), Josh Vaughn (Ashland), Fairview offensive line, Kurtlen Brown (Fairview), Joe Jenkins (Russell), A.J. Cyrus (Lawrence County), Timmy Dalton (Lawrence County), Devin Helvey (Rowan County), Charlie Bradshaw (Lawrence County), Hunter Prince (Ashland), Tyler Rose (Ashland).

Snyder's

Super Seven

1. Johnson Central (5-0)

2. Fairview (5-0)

3. Lawrence County (5-1)

4. Ashland (4-2)

5. Raceland (4-2)

6. Paintsville (5-1)

7. Russell (3-2)

Wide right

Did you miss it? Here are area scores from this past weekend: Ashland 34, Rowan County 24; Johnson Central 69, Boyd County 14; Russell 33, West Carter 6; Fairview 55, East Ridge 7; Lawrence County 38, Raceland 35; Portsmouth 33, Ironton 20; Mason County 50, East Carter 7; Lewis County 34, Fleming County 7; Paintsville 56, Phelps 6.

Schedule Change

The Fairview at Pike County Central game has been moved from Friday to Thursday.

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AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.