Cory Cooper gained 105 rushing yards and threw for 81 more, but Hunter York emerged as the star of the night as host Allen County-Scottsville (3-1, 2-0 Class 4A District 2) grabbed its district fate by the throat in a 19-6 win over Warren East on Friday night.
York gained 58 rushing yards on 12 carries, including a 10-yard first quarter touchdown to provide the game's first score. But it was his 67-yard punt return touchdown with 3:42 left in the first half that extended the Patriots' lead to 13-0 and put them in complete control for the rest of the night. Brandon Boards carried 13 times for 88 yards and his 5-yard scoring run midway through the fourth quarter provided the game's final tally.
With the victory, Allen County-Scottsville now has back-to-back wins over teams ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press Kentucky High School football poll. The Patriots beat then-8th ranked Franklin-Simpson to open district play last week, while the Raiders entered Friday's contest ranked 6th in the state. The win also puts the Patriots in position to claim a regular-season district title and the first round home playoff game that comes with it.
In the loss, East (2-2, 0-1) got a fantastic effort from Louisville commit Shenard Holton. He gained 74 rushing yards on 12 carries and his 75-yard touchdown reception from Andrew Alvey was the Raiders' lone score of the night. The East offense fought an uphill battle all evening - starting on average at its own 28 yard line.
Next week the Patriots host Westmoreland, TN before heading into their bye week, while Warren East looks for district redemption in a home contest with Franklin-Simpson that has big implications on possible playoff scenarios in Class 4A - the winner has a big edge in the race for the home playoff game that goes to the runner-up in District 2.