The only time Keion Wakefield was on the field Friday night was for the coin flip.
The Male receiver, who twisted his ankle last week in the Bulldogs’ victory over St. Xavier, tried to give it a go during pregame warmups, but coach Chris Wolfe and his staff decided to hold him out in Friday’s 43-7 victory at Manual. And now it’s likely he may not come back until the postseason.
“When he came out, he was not effective,” Wolfe said. “You know he’s a gamer. He wanted to go (but) he just was not going to be effective for us.”
Not that the Bulldogs needed the services of the senior as the Bulldogs piled up 411 yards to go to 9-0 for the season and 4-0 in Class 6-A, District Three. Male, the No. 1 team in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings, got big plays from several players in the win. Devin Gentry and Dayveon Higgs paced a rushing attack that churned out 234 yards on the ground, and quarterback Hayden Shelton threw for 177 yards and two scores.
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Injuries have severely limited the impact Wakefield, a University of Louisville commit, has had this season. After catching 40 passes for 634 yards and 11 touchdowns in earning second-team All-State honors last season, the playmaker some felt was the front runner for Mr. Football at the beginning of the season has only played in four games this year and caught seven passes.
“He certainly adds some weapons to us,” Wolfe said. “We want him, but this team can roll. We got a lot of playmakers.”
And with the playoffs starting in two weeks, it likely won’t be until then at the earliest that Wakefield comes back. The Bulldogs host Western on Friday in a non-district matchup.
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“Now, we get an extra week, and depending on what we get in the first round, we may be able to get two weeks to be frank with you,” Wolfe said.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
* In a battle of two unbeaten teams, Johnson Central posted an 8-7 victory at Ashland Blazer.
“It was just a heck of a war,” Johnson Central coach Jim Matney told the Ashland Daily Independent. “There was some incredible hitting on both sides.”
Quinton Baker’s 80-yard touchdown run gave Ashland Blazer (8-1) a 7-0 lead early in the third quarter. Baker, who has committed to Marshall, finished with 176 yards on 25 carries.
Johnson Central (8-0) answered with a 2-yard touchdown run by Gunner Slone with 9:38 left in the third quarter and got a two-point conversion pass from Bryce Workman to Noah Frisby for what turned out to be the winning points.
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Johnson Central is among eight undefeated teams remaining in Kentucky, joining 9-0 squads Male, Simon Kenton, North Laurel, South Warren, Elizabethtown, Paris and Paintsville.
* Barrett Sanderson completed 15 of 25 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns as Franklin County beat visiting North Oldham 23-7 to clinch the final playoff spot from Class 4-A, District Four.
Adam Osborn rushed for 74 yards on 13 carries to lead North Oldham, which finished its season 3-7.
* Sophomore Brayden Campos completed 14 of 23 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns as Valley posted a 50-28 victory at Breckinridge County.
* Junior quarterback Walker Wood, who has committed to the University of Kentucky, rushed for 144 yards and four touchdowns as Lafayette rallied from a 28-15 deficit to beat Tates Creek 29-28.
Each week Jason Frakes will provide his ranking of the top five teams in the state, regardless of class:
* No. 5 – St. Xavier (6-3). Sam Taylor rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown to lead the Tigers past Butler 51-13. Up next: hosts Cincinnati St. Xavier (5-3) on Friday.
* No. 4 – Simon Kenton (9-0). Cameron Racke passed for 216 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score in a 28-7 victory over Ryle. Up next: at Scott (8-1) on Friday.
* No. 3 – Scott County (8-1). Offense stalled but still pulled out 14-7 victory at Paul Dunbar. Up next: hosts Covington Catholic (3-6) on Friday.
* No. 2 – Trinity (9-1). Defense closed regular season with its fifth shutout in a 63-0 whipping of Ballard. Up next: hosts Pleasure Ridge Park (5-4) on Nov. 6 in first round of Class 6-A playoffs.
* No. 1 – Male (9-0). Defense held Manual to 92 yards, five first downs in 43-7 victory. Up next: hosts Western (3-6) on Friday.
Brandon Elsbury, South Oldham
The sophomore rushed for 75 yards on six carries and scored four touchdowns to lead the Dragons to a 39-7 win at North Bullitt. Elsbury had TD runs of 2, 11 and 13 yards and also had a 50-yard reception for a score.
Malik Manica, Shelby County
The senior rushed for 210 yards and three touchdowns as the Rockets whipped Collins 44-0. Manica went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and [email protected]