Monday, October 16, 2017

Mason County football team weekly award winners

Here are the Mason County football team weekly award winners based on the Royals' 20-16 win over the Holmes Bulldogs Friday night:

Brian Payne Player of the Game- Malkolm Devine

Offensive Lineman of the Game- Will Caudill

Defensive Players of the Game- Tykeise Henry and Seth Chambers

Special Teams Player of the Game- Carson Brammer

Scout Team Player of the Week- Carson Brammer

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lady Royals, Polar Bears, Jefferson and Perry are Area 7 Champions

The Mason County Lady Royals, the Bracken County Polar Bears, Morgan County junior Kailee Perry and Bracken County junior Jared Jefferson won Area 7 championships Saturday at the Mason County cross country course.

The Mason County Lady Royals won the girls team title with 50 points. The Morgan County Lady Cougars finished second with 68 points. The Lady Royals were led by seventh grader Paige Decker with a fifth place finish in 20:06.61 and eighth grader Alyssa Bisotti in ninth place in 20:37.54.

Perry won the girls individual championship in 18:45.82.

The Bracken County Polar Bears took the boys team championship with 67 points. The Russell Red Devils were second, 10 points behind Bracken County.

Jefferson won the boys individual championship in 16:13.28.

Mason County sophomore Connor Linville finished sixth in 17:04.09 and Bracken County junior Brandon Cox was seventh in 17:18.80.

Girls Team Scores
1. Mason County 50
2. Morgan County 68
3. Montgomery County 103
4. Ashland 105
5. Bath County 108
6. Bracken County 123
7. Fleming County 160
8. Boyd County 192
9. Elliott County 207

Boys Team Scores
1.Bracken County 67
2.Russell 77
3. Montgomery County 98
4. Boyd County124
5. Mason County 143
6. Rowan County 164
7. Bath County 169
8. Elliott County 188
9. Augusta 235
10. Fleming County 259
11. Morgan County 261
12. Ashland 275

Individual Results

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mason County finishes district play with a 20-16 road win over Holmes

The Mason County Royals used a time-consuming run game in the second half to defeat the Holmes Bulldogs 20-16 Friday night in Covington and clinched at least the No. 3 seed in Class 4A District 7.

After trailing 10-7 at halftime, Mason County opened the third quarter with a 16-play, 70-yard scoring drive that took eight minutes and 27 seconds. Chandler Dunaway capped the drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak for the touchdown.

Holmes went three and out and Mason County started its second drive at its 30 yard line again.

The Royals drove to the Holmes one-yard line but the Bulldogs took over on downs after a goal line stand.

On the next play, Jaylen Lofton intercepted a pass, and three plays later Malkolm Devine scored a touchdown on a five-yard run to give the Royals a 20-10 lead with 4:09 left in the game.

Holmes made it interesting with a 63-yard touchdown pass with 3:38 to go.

The Bulldogs tried to get ball back with an onside kick but Carson Brammer fell on the football at the Royals' 49 yard line and Mason County picked up three first downs to run out the clock.

Mason County only dressed 27 players and two left the game with injuries.

"To have the numbers that we had and have the kids we had to throw in the game at the end, and I mean I couldn't be happier for our kids and the way they fought," Mason County coach Jonathan Thomas said. "I have said it all year- they're a gritty, gritty bunch."

Thomas said the team leaned on the offensive line. "It was very,very tough, we had guys step up to the challenge," Thomas said. "Our full backs were great, blocking backs were great."

Holmes had 274 yards of total offense, but just 39 rushing yards.

Mason County had 251 yards of total offense including 165 rushing yards.

Holmes had four turnovers. All were interceptions. Seth Chambers and Tykeise Henry both picked off passes in the end zone. Jeremiah Jones also had an interception.

Devine rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. Ninety-seven of his rushing yards were in the second half.

"I can't say enough about Malkolm and his toughness," Thomas said.

Mason County is 5-3 overall and finished district play with a 2-2 record. 

The Royals host Grant County next week.

H 1st Q  3:56 Cortez Blassingame 12 yard pass from James Walker (Corter Blassingame pass from James Walker) H 8, MC 0
MC 1st Q 1:25 Malkolm Devine 3 yard run (Brock Gilligan kick) H 8, MC 7
H 2nd Q 11:09 safety H 10, MC 7
MC 3rd Q 3:33 Chandler Dunaway 1 yard run (Brock Gillian kick) MC 14, H 10
MC 4th Q 4:09 Malkolm Devine 5 yard run (kick failed) MC 20, H 10
H 4th Q 3:38 Cortez Blassingam 63 yard pass from James Walker (pass failed) MC 20, H 16

Friday, October 13, 2017

Girls 10th Region soccer tournament pairings

Here are the pairings for the girls 10th Region soccer tournament at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester:

Area 7 XC championships Saturday at Mason County

Mason County will host the Area 7 cross country championships Saturday. 

The event starts off with the girls varsity race at 9 a.m. followed by the boys varsity race at 9:45 a.m. 

The top seven in each race will be named First Team Area 7. The eighth through 14 places will be Second Team Area 7.

Other races scheduled include the middle school division, 6th grade and under, and 4th grade and under.

MSU Men's basketball coach Preston Spradlin on SportsTalk

Morehead State University men's basketball coach Preston Spradlin was my guest on SportsTalk this morning.

No, 3 seed on the line when Mason Co. visits Holmes tonight

The No. 3 seed in the district will be on the line tonight when the Mason County Royals play the Holmes Bulldogs in Covington.

Mason County is 4-3 after last week's 54-48 double overtime victory over the Harrison County Thorobreds.

Holmes is 2-5 and is coming off a 56-34 loss to the Bourbon County Colonels.

The Bulldogs opened the season with four straight losses before beating Harrison County (14-6) and Holy Cross (49-0) in back-to-back weeks.

The No. 3 seed in District 7 will play at the No. 2 seed from District 8 in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. The No. 4 seed in District 7 will play at the No. 1 seed from District 8. Defending state champion Johnson Central is favored to win District 8. 

Here are a few game notes:

Holmes has a renovated football facility which includes an artificial turf for Tom Ellis Field.

The series is tied 1-1. The Bulldogs routed the Royals 41-6 in Covington in 2015. Mason County had a goal line stand on Holmes' two-point conversion attempt in overtime for a 35-34 victory at Mason County last season.

Mason County tailback Malkolm Devine rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns in last year's win over Holmes.