Team chemistry sometimes can become an issue when freshmen take starting jobs from underclassmen, but Christian Academy football coach Stefan LeFors said that hasn’t been a problem for his squad this season.
After all, if freshmen Austin Carr and Milton Wright continue to play like they did Friday, everyone on the English Station campus is going to be happy for years to come.
Carr completed 10 of 15 passes for 129 yards and Wright played a part in both touchdowns as the host Centurions beat rival DeSales 16-0 in a matchup of Class 2-A powers.
Wright threw a 2-yard touchdown to Clay Davis on a halfback pass to give CAL a 7-0 lead in the third quarter. Wright’s 100-yard return of an interception midway through the fourth quarter gave the Centurions a 16-0 lead.
LeFors said his star freshmen have assimilated well.
“The older guys have done a great job of bringing the freshmen’s level of play up by including them off the field, talking to them all the time,” LeFors said.
Along with their football ability, Carr (6 feet 1, 195 pounds) and Wright (6-2, 175) also are members of the CAL basketball program. Carr’s father, Chad, is the Centurions’ head coach.
As far as football goes, Wright pointed out Davis – who starts at wide receiver and linebacker – as a senior leader who has helped the freshmen feel comfortable.
“He is the man,” Wright said. “He will lead you through thick and thin, hell or high water. He plays 110 percent, and that’s real easy to follow whether you’re a freshman, sophomore or junior. He just gets us there.”
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
* Spencer County’s breakthrough season continued with a 47-42 victory over visiting Franklin County.
Branden Leff (24 carries, 233 yards, three touchdowns) and Logan Holbrook (21 carries, 199 yards, three touchdowns) had big games on the ground for Spencer County, which led 34-7 at halftime and held on from there.
The Bears finished with 452 rushing yards on 59 attempts (7.7 yards per carry).
Spencer County (8-0, 3-0) can clinch the Class 4-A, District Four title Friday with a victory at Shelby County (6-1, 1-1).
* Devious Brooks had five receptions for 68 yards and three touchdowns to lead host Valley to a 38-32 victory over Western.
Valley improved to 5-2 and has won five games in a season for the first time since 2009, when the Vikings started 6-1 before losing their final four games.
Valley, which is 1-0 in Class 4-A, District Three play, will play at John Hardin (4-3, 1-0) on Friday in a game that likely will determine the district champion.
* South Oldham ran its winning streak to six with a 41-0 rout of visiting Bullitt East
The Dragons have been stout on defense, allowing just 6.2 points per game during their winning streak.
South Oldham and North Bullitt (7-1) are tied atop Class 5-A, District Three with 3-0 records. The Eagles will host the Dragons on Oct. 23.
Each week Jason Frakes will provide his ranking of the top five teams in the state, regardless of class:
* No. 5 – St. Xavier (5-2). Desmond Ridder rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another as the Tigers beat Manual 27-6. Up next: hosts Male (7-0) on Friday.
* No. 4 – Simon Kenton (7-0). The Pioneers improved to 7-0 for the third straight year by knocking off Boone County 37-13. Up next: hosts Campbell County (0-7) on Friday.
* No. 3 – Scott County (6-1). Noah Hughes, Keith Guy and Kendrick Hamilton all topped 100 rushing yards in a 63-35 victory at Henry Clay. Up next: hosts Bryan Station (6-2) on Friday.
* No. 2 – Trinity (7-1). Rodjay Burns had three touchdown receptions as the Shamrocks routed Eastern 63-7. Up next: hosts Seneca (0-7) on Friday.
* No. 1 – Male (7-0). Did not play. Up next: at St. Xavier (5-2) on Friday.
Rodjay Burns, Trinity
The University of Louisville-bound wide receiver had four receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns as the Shamrocks routed Eastern 63-7 on Friday. Burns scored on catches of 51, 86 and 29 yards, all in the first quarter.
Branden Leff, Spencer County
The junior rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries to lead the Bears to a 47-42 victory over Franklin County on Friday. Leff scored on runs of 95, 1 and 13 yards.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and [email protected]