Colonels down the Commodores
By Mike Smith
Sports Writer

Whitley County escaped with a 27-20 victory on Friday night, as Perry Central suffered its first loss of the season.
The Commodores were held to only 174 rushing yards; the offense’s lowest of the season. Jayden Neace worked hard for all 114 of his yards on the ground, which included one rushing score.

Bulldogs bury Hornets

By Mike Smith
Sports Writer

Phelps visited Hazard on Friday night, hoping to pull off a huge upset and notch a marquee win for their program.
But Hazard wasn’t about to let that happen on their home field. Bailey Blair led the Bulldogs to a 37-8 victory over another Class A District 8 foe.
Blair completed 17 of his 26 passing attempts for 227 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 32 yards (8 yards per carry) and a TD. Bryson Parks caught four of Blair’s passes and put up a team-leading 85 receiving yards plus a TD. Reese Fletcher was efficient with 58 rushing yards (9.7 yards per carry) and one rushing TD.

Hazard puts Pikeville away
By Mike Smith
Sports Writer

Pikeville traveled to Daniel Field on Friday night looking for its second win of the season, but Hazard managed to hold on for a 38-26 victory over their Class 1A District 8 rival.
Bailey Blair came up big for Hazard, going 14 for 19 through the air with 178 passing yards and one touchdown. He also put up 95 yards on the ground, while racking up three rushing TDs. Reese Fletcher also made a huge impact for the Bulldogs, rushing for 144 yards (9.6 yards per carry) and one rushing TD, while also coming up with a big interception.

Commodores light up Pike Central
By Cory Vance
Sports Writer

BUCKLEYS CREEK – Pike Central struggled up front against Perry Central’s size Friday night.
The Hawks struggled to get momentum going as the Commodores bullied their way to a 35-16 win.
Perry Central got on the board early Friday night when Jacob Woolum took the ball 32 yards into the end zone with 6:53 in the first. Cameron King came on for the extra point to put the Commodores up 7-0.

Bulldogs bounce back from loss with win over Prestonsburg
By Steve LeMaster
Sports Writer

PRESTONSBURG —  Prestonsburg and Hazard were even for a half, but the Blackcats couldn’t hold off the visiting team after intermission.
Visiting Hazard, which finished runner-up to Beechwood in Class A in 2016, blanked Prestonsburg 22-0 in the second half to pull away to beat the Blackcats 29-7 on Homecoming Night on Friday. 

Commodores roll Cougars, 44-34

By Mike Smith
Sports Writer

Perry County Central was on the road at Letcher Central Friday night. The undefeated Commodores took on the winless Cougars in the district opener for both teams. Jacob Woolum had a pair of pick-sixes and a rushing touchdown for Perry County Central, while Jayden Neace ran for 264 yards (7.5 yards per carry) and had four TDs in the Commodores’ 44-34 victory.
Perry Central moved to 5-0, matching its best start since 2011.
“I’m glad to be 1-0 in district,” the Perry Central’s Jacob Woolum said. “It feels good to be 5-0, but we have to keep going in district. We’re trying to do something that Perry Central’s never done before.”

Lady Bulldogs sweep Perry Central
By Mike Smith
Sports Writer

Having defeated the Perry Central at home earlier this year, Hazard was expected to win on Monday night, but the Lady Bulldogs were tired.
Hazard competed in the All “A” Classic this weekend. The Lady Bulldogs won three games in the All “A” Classic. Hazard advanced out of Pool Play winning two games and losing one. The Lady Bulldogs picked up a 2-0 (25-17, 25-6) win over West Carter in the first game in the Consolation Bracket. Hazard was eliminated in the next match by Washington County. Washington County eliminated Hazard with a 2-0 (25-22, 25-20) win.

Week 5 Prep Preview

By Randy White
Regional Sports Editor

Hazard at Prestonsburg
Who: Hazard (2-1) at Prestonsburg (2-2)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Blackcat Stadium/Josh Francis Field, Prestonsburg.
Coaches: Hazard; Mark Dixon. Prestonsburg; John Derossett.
Notes: Hazard was on its bye last week, while Prestonsburg knocked off Floyd Central 42-22.

Gavin Clutts
Taking the next shot

By Mike Smith
Sports Writer

Thirteen-year-old Gavin Clutts entered seventh grade this year, which made him eligible to officially compete playing golf at the high school level. On August 23, at Sag Hollow in Booneville, Clutts did more than just compete — he shot a four-under 68 for the win at the annual 14th Region All “A” Classic golf tournament.
Winning the 14th Region All “A” Classic made Clutts eligible to compete in the All “A” Classic Statewide Tournament; the tournament is set to begin Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the Eagle’s Nest Country Club in Somerset.

Perry Central topples the Patriots, 57-19
Perry Central’s Chandler Caudill lays a hit on Knott Central’s Cameron Jones Friday night at Perry Central. The Commodores were able to rush past Knott Central to a 57-19 win.

By Mike Smith
Sports Writer

Perry Central ran the ball relentlessly Friday night and very successfully.
Ten different Commodores would end up with a rush attempt on the night. Perry Central would finish the game with 588 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. The Commodores won their first home game of the season, 57-19 over the Patriots of Knott Central.

Tom Larkey: Closing in on 300
By Mike Smith
Staff Writer

In the season opener, neither team wanted to lose.
Perry Central and McCreary Central engaged in a prolonged battle that spanned four overtimes. The Commodores came out on top 64-58.

Bulldogs best Black Bears in season opener

By Mike Smith
Sports Writer

Hazard defeated Harlan County at home on Friday night. Despite some issues with penalties, and a pretty good defensive effort from the Black Bears, the Bulldogs picked up a 17-6 win over Harlan County in their first game of the season.
“It was a team effort,” Hazard coach Mark Dixon said. “The kids played hard. Defensively, we played extremely well. We got burned on a few plays, but every yard they got, they had to earn.”

Perry Central draws with Pikeville 1-1

Perry Central’s Shawn Huff makes a move against Pikeville’s Alex Chang Tuesday evening. The Comadores drew with the Panthers 1-1.

A look at the 2017 2018 UPike roster
By Randy White
Sports Editor

Each summer, Kelly Wells puts the final touches on his incoming recruiting class at UPike. This season, Wells welcomes 10 new Bear recruits. He has a mixture of freshman recruits and transfer signees. He will also welcome back one redshirt freshman who didn’t see action last season and four returnees.