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September 23, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Where is the defense?

ASHLAND — In a typical season, it's a rarity to see 60-plus points scored in any given week.

This is not a normal season.

Just in the past two weeks, three area teams eclipsed the 60-point mark.

First it was Fairview. Then, Lawrence County and Greenup County joined the party.

Defenses aren't exactly dominant this fall, but the good news is there's plenty of time for redemption.

Ashland and Russell appear to be figuring it out, each coming off important wins heading into district play.

Let's see if the rest of the area gets those tacklers on the ball.

Got any since?

‰Quinton Baker is the first Ashland running back to have three 200-yard rushing games in a season since … Arliss Beach, 2001. Beach actually put forth a trio of 300-yard efforts that season. Baker rushed for 236, 208 and 228 yards in every other game so far this fall.

‰Johnson Central is 4-0 for the first time since … 2008. The Golden Eagles rolled off nine straight wins before falling to Belfry to close out the regular season.

‰Paintsville is off to its first 4-1 start since … 2008. The Tigers finished 6-6 that year. Interestingly enough, 2008 was the last time Paintsville and Johnson Central played one another in football.

Helmet Stickers

‰Four stickers: Quinton Baker (Ashland), Derek Ferguson (Lawrence County), Ryan Byrd (Greenup County).

Rushing averages were through the roof when it came to these three machines on Friday night.

Baker dipsy-dooed and dosey-doed for 228 yards on just 11 carries for an average of 20.7 yards per rush. The sophomore also had four touchdowns.

Ferguson covered 25.7 yards per carry in attempting 10 runs for 257 yards. He had three TDs.

Byrd averaged 13.5 per try, scoring four times. The Musketeers sophomore finished 11 yards shy of the school record, which is 458 (Corey Lyle, 2010).

‰Three: Drew O'Bryan (Ashland), Brad Auxier (Johnson Central), Ricky Goble (Lawrence County), Daylin Beach (Raceland), Luke Trimble (Paintsville).

‰Two: Daymion Belcher (Johnson Central), Tristan Cox (Ironton), Armonde Yetts (Fairview), James Queen (Ashland), Nick Conley (Russell), A.J. Cyrus (Lawrence County), Trent Childers (Paintsville).

‰One: Zac Christensen (Fairview), Tyler Rose (Ashland), Jacob Gilbert (Ashland), Drew Wilks (Boyd County), Kenton Boggs (Greenup County), Jordan Ratcliff (East Carter), Adam Elkins (Raceland), Kurtlen Brown (Fairview), Rodney Vance (Raceland).

Snyder's Super Seven

1. Johnson Central (4-0)

2. Fairview (4-0)

3. Ashland (3-2)

4. Raceland (4-1)

5. Lawrence County (4-1)

6. Paintsville (4-1)

7. Russell (2-2)

Wide right

Did you miss it? The following are local scores from Friday night: Ashland 42, Ironton 20; Russell 34, Boyd County 6; Greenup County 60, West Carter 35; Fairview 30, Hazard 27; Raceland 43, Coal Grove 33; Johnson Central 36, Harlan County 14; Lawrence County 66, East Carter 33; Tates Creek 41, Rowan County 0; Powell County 34, Lewis County 13; Paintsville 33, Allen Central 0.

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


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