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Ashland falls to defending champs

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

NEWPORT, Ky. -- Newport Central Catholic, the defending Kentucky Class 2A football champion, had too much Friday night for the Ashland Tomcats.

The Thoroughbreds pulled away by 10 at halftime and logged a 37-26 victory in Ashland head coach Tony Love's debut.

Quentin Baker had a monster game for the Tomcats. The sophomore back unofficially carried 14 times for 236 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

Baker had an 8-yard touchdown run and a 46-yard scoring carry.

James Queen also tallied twice for the Tomcats. Queen's TDs were both 13-yard plays -- one a run and one a pass thrown by Hunter Prince.

Baker's second touchdown pulled Ashland to within 23-19 in the third period.

Ashland had a long drive for a touchdown with about 7:30 remaining to get within 37-26 on the Queen reception from Prince.

NewCath quarterback Mac Franzen threw for 109 yards and ran for 104. Franzen passed for one touchdown and also ran for one.

ASHLAND 6 7 6 7 -- 26

NEWPORT 7 16 7 7 -- 37

NCC -- Smith 53 pass from Franzen (Caudill kick)

A -- Queen 13 run (kick failed)

NCC -- Suedcamp 8 run (kick failed)

A -- Baker 80 run (Wesley kick)

NCC -- Franzen 22 run (Caudill kick)

NCC -- Caudill 26 field goal

A -- Baker 46 run (kick blocked)

NCC -- Moore 3 run (Caudill kick)

NCC -- Smith 18 run (Caudill kick)

A -- Queen 13 pass from Prince (Wesley kick)

LAWRENCE CO. 56, BOYD CO. 15: Lawrence County pulled away, 14-0, after the first quarter. Cole Mosley scored on a 12-yard run and Timmy Dalton hauled in a 62-yard touchdown pass from A.J. Cyrus.

Cyrus ran 5 yards for a score and a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.

Billy McCoy put Boyd County on the scoreboard when he dashed in from the 2 later in the second period.

Noah Lambert caught a touchdown bomb from Cyrus before the half ended and the Bulldogs had a 28-8 advantage at the break.

Mosley added another touchdown in period three.

Lambert's pass interception in the fourth quarter led to a Derek Ferguson 3-yard TD run.

The Bulldogs' Cyrus had 152 rushing yards and scored twice.