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Something has to give this Friday night when the Kentucky County Day (KCD) Bearcats visit the Berea Pirates in a battle of 6-0 teams.

Berea improved to 6-0 with a convincing 49-6 road win at Dayton last Friday night.

Quarterback Jaylen Whitaker shined, accounting for four touchdowns (one passing) and 339 total yards. Timmy Thompson added 82 yards on the ground and a pair of scores, while Jaiden Cunningham added a rushing touchdown and a 54-yard touchdown reception.

The big story for Berea has been the turnaround.

Dating back to last year’s season-ending win over Jellico, Tennessee, the Pirates have won seven straight.

Running the ball has been their calling card this year as the team has averaged 303 yards rushing.

In the last three games, Berea has averaged 339 yards on the ground.

Last year’s season-ending win at Jellico, one that snapped a losing streak that spans four years, showed the team that it had what it takes to win ballgames, Coach Aaron Stepp said.

“I think that when they beat Jellico, it was a chance for them to realize that all of their hard work would pay off if they kept working toward their goals,” he said.

Friday represents probably the Pirates’ most stringent test of the season when they battle the Bearcats. KCD comes in with an impressive running game of their own, averaging 222 yards per game.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Southern falls to Jaguars

The Madison Southern Eagles (3-4) dropped a road contest to the East Jessamine Jaguars, 49-35 last Friday.

Tobias Storm paced the Eagles’ offense, passing for 182 yards and a score while rushing for 87 yards and two more touchdowns.

Adrian Jones added 53 yards on the ground with two touchdowns. Walt Smith caught four balls for 119 yards and a score.

While the offense enjoyed a productive night, Southern’s defense wasn’t able to slow down the East Jessamine rushing attack, which accounted for 412 yards.

Madison Southern will host Woodford County Friday at 7:30 p.m.


Southern squads knock off Berea in district play

The Madison Southern soccer teams defeated their counterparts from Berea in the first round of the 44th District Tournament Tuesday night.

After a scoreless first half, the Lady Eagles found the net three times in the second half in a 3-0 win. Katilyn Stanton, Jennan Lehamer and Heidi Hylton all scored in the second frame.

The win moves the Lady Eagles’ record to 7-9-1, while Berea ends its season with a 3-14 mark.

The Lady Eagles will play the Madison Central-Model winner in Thursday’s championship game.

The boys’ tournament also got underway Tuesday night as the Madison Southern Eagles defeated Berea 5-0.

Garrett Wickersham, Samuel Lee, Ru Lemmer, Francisco Aguilar and Jared Powell scored for the Eagles (10-5).

Southern Coach Andrew Lunsford said the Pirates tested his squad for much of the game.

“They played hard the whole game, and didn’t make it easy on us,” Lunsford said. “We were fortunate to get the early goal and take command of the game, and to put away a few more down the stretch to put the game out of reach. We had five different goal scorers: it’s always good to have several different guys who can put goals in for us this time of year.”

Berea ends its season with a 3-14 record. The Eagles will face the Madison Central-Model winner in the championship game Thursday night.


Southern’s win streak snapped by LexCath

The Madison Southern continues to roll as a 3-1 week pushed the Lady Eagles’ record to 22-4 on the year.

Headed into Tuesday’s game, Southern had won 13 straight, but fell short at Lexington Catholic, losing three games to two.

Sarah Mitchell recorded 17 kills and 21 digs, while Alyssa Evans finished with 10 kills and 17 digs.

Kayla Atkins ended up with 32 assists and 12 digs and Kennedy Easterling logged 24 assists. Southern knocked off Garrard County, Wolfe County and Model.

Kennedy Easterling recorded 13 assists versus Garrard and 22 assists against Wolfe County. Against Model, she finished with 11 assists and 12 of the team’s 32 service aces.

Alyssa Evans recorded eight kills and eight digs against Garrard County, while Kayla Atkins finished with 19 assists. Evans also recorded 10 kills versus Wolfe County.

Sarah Mitchell had 11 kills and 17 digs in the win over Wolfe County.

Coach Jeremy Grant said the squad had come a long way since opening night.

“I think the biggest change from the beginning of the season to now is everyone seems to be more comfortable with each other on the court,” he said. “We had quite a bit of inconsistency at the beginning of the season as well and, while we’ve not eliminated it, it seems like the stretches of inconsistency are getting shorter and shorter.”

With the district tournament looming, Grant said the Eagles must remain consistent in their serves.

Berea suffers back-to-back defeats

The Berea Lady Pirates fell to Nicholas County on the road and Madison Central at home last week.

The losses evened Berea’s record to 14-14. Faith Dennis recorded 18 assists versus Nicholas County, while Sophia Dobbins and Taelor Alexander finished with 10 digs each. Dobbins added six kills in the match. Malyah Penn added 11 digs and six service aces in the loss. Against Central, Morgan Short recorded six solo blocks.

Dennis added 23 assists to go along with 12 digs and six service aces. Penn finished with 14 digs and eight service aces, while Dobbins ended the match with 11 digs and eight aces.

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