Pat Robertson hosts the long-running Christian talk show “The 700 Club.”

In northeastern Kentucky the past two weeks, the 700 Club is one synonymous with Ashland, and the Tomcats aren’t at all standing pat. In fact, they hammered the Pats (of George Washington) on Friday for win No. 701.

While Ashland owns exclusivity in that particular club in northeastern Kentucky, there are three programs that are on pace to reach the number within the next 12-15 years or so.

What NEKY schools are closest to the ’Cats?

•Russell: 611 wins. The Red Devils achieved more than half of those (316) under former coach Ivan McGlone. The Red Devils’ 600th was a 52-8 triumph over Lewis County in 2017.

Paintsville: 607. The Tigers trumped Walton-Verona, 27-15, for No. 600 in 2018. Paintsville has averaged 11.4 wins a season over the last five.

Raceland: 556. The Rams eclipsed the 500-mark in 2013 and hit double digits in victories in six of the last seven seasons.

Three and out

•Lawrence County’s Brody Cantrell had just played a huge part in ripping the soul out of Boyd County fans as he diminished the Lions’ chances of winning with each of his three takeaways. Still, he couldn’t help but tip his cap to the home sideline at Tom Scott Field.

“Give it to Boyd County,” Cantrell said. “They’re very well-coached and are doing a good job.”

Bulldogs coach Alan Short said if it wasn’t for Cantrell and a few others, including Baden Gillispie, Lawrence County could’ve easily left Cannonsburg with a loss.

Said Short of Cantrell: “We’re thankful he’s on our team. He’s a kid that’s still very hungry as a senior. A lot of times, kids lose that burning desire or it starts to dwindle, but his is burning hot right now.”

•Ironton shut out Russell for the first time in 10 years on Friday with a 10-0 victory, but the losing team in 2009 was a much different squad than this year’s Red Devils. Russell went 6-5 and beat only one team with a winning record (Fleming County, 6-5) in ’09. This is a Russell team that just poured on 41 points against Raceland a week prior, which is a telling tale and a selling point for Ironton’s defense.

•The first Pikeville-Paintsville meeting of last baseball season produced more of a football score — 22-14, Tigers — than Friday’s football game between the fierce small-school rivals. The Panthers survived, 9-8, which further emphasizes the point the Monday Morning Quarterback made in the past about top-tier Class A programs. They can hang right with, and beat (remember Paintsville’s win over Beechwood last week?), some of the most respected programs in the state, with size mattering little.

Will this Pikeville-Paintsville clash happen again this postseason? Raceland hopes not … and maybe the Rams have reason to believe they can accomplish their goals even as they deal with a significant injury. For further proof of that strengthening case, take a look at “Helmet Stickers.”

Helmet Stickers

•Four: Blake Hester (Ashland), Conner Hughes (Raceland).

Hester amassed 26 rushes for 174 yards and two touchdowns at the expense of George Washington as the Tomcats demolished the Patriots, 49-16.

Hughes, who replaced the injured Jake Heighton at quarterback, was 11 of 18 for 125 yards and four touchdowns. He threw zero interceptions.

•Three: Gage Salyers (Ironton), Eli Sammons (Greenup Co.), Steele Workman (Ashland), Nathan Conley (Russell), Ethan Cox (Raceland), Baden Gillispie (Lawrence Co.), Leetavious Cline (West Carter), Dalton Nelson (Bath Co.)

•Two: Brody Cantrell (Lawrence Co.), Ethan Sanders (Russell), Jake Gregg (Ashland), Dayne Lawson (Boyd Co.), Austin Evans (Greenup Co.), Keontae Pittman (Ashland), Orry Perry (West Carter), Reid Carrico (Ironton), Gunnur Lewis (Raceland), Hunter McCoy (Bath Co.), Jake Hyden (Paintsville), John Walker Phelps (Paintsville).

•One: J.T. Garrett (Ashland), Avery Book (Ironton), Logan Staten (Boyd Co.), Brady Clevenger (Greenup Co.), Isaac Jenkins (Russell), Malakai Anderson (Russell), Dalton Crabtree (Ironton), Junior Jones (Ironton), Michael Meade (Raceland), Bryce Burgess (Greenup Co.), Alex Strickland (Lawrence Co.), David Reffitt (West Carter).

Didn’t submit statistics: Fairview, Morgan County, East Carter.

Snyder’s NEKY Super Seven

1. Johnson Central (2-0)

2. Ashland (3-0)

3. Paintsville (2-1)

4. Russell (2-1)

5. Raceland (2-1)

6. Greenup Co. (2-1)

7. East Carter (3-0)

Next two in: West Carter, Lawrence Co.

Wide right

Miss it? Here’s a recap of games involving area schools from this past weekend: Ashland 49, George Washington 16; Lawrence County 21, Boyd County 7; Greenup County 54, Montgomery County 12; Ironton 10, Russell 0; East Carter 49, Morgan County 0; Nicholas County 54, Fairview 18; Pikeville 9, Paintsville 8; Bath County 19, Powell County 12; Raceland 42, Rowan County 7; and West Carter 50, Lewis County 7.

Halftime Prep Talk

Boyd County is our next stop! Lions football coach Evan Ferguson and a player will join Zack Klemme and yours truly as we record the third episode of Season 6 this week. Check out the Rowan County and Russell shows on the “Halftime Prep Talk” Facebook page or at dailyindependent.com.

QB Trivia

Ashland’s Blake Hester said the following in Saturday’s edition: “He’s crazy, man. He loves that stuff. When he hit that kid, I was just like, wow, they’re done now. They’re tapping out. They’re done.”

To whom was he referring?

The first to correctly answer the question either via email, phone call, Facebook message or tweet will make game picks alongside Rocky Stanley, Zack Klemme, Ray Schaefer and me this week!

Reach AARON SNYDER at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664. Follow @DIndependentQB on Twitter.

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