Bardstown 36, Thomas Nelson 7
By Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor
Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:09 pm Bardstown cruised to a 36-7 home win Friday over Thomas Nelson to close out the district slate, and also joined one of the elite clubs in Kentucky high school football in the process.
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Bardstown's Voshon Livers pulls away from the Thomas Nelson defense for a 50-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the Tigers' 36-7 win Friday. The victory was the 600th in school history for Bardstown, making it one of just 16 schools in Kentucky to have reached that milestone.
Bardstown’s victory was the 600th in history for the program, which has played football since 1912, making it just one of 16 schools in Kentucky history to have won as many games.
“It’s a pretty big win for the school,” Bardstown coach David Clark said, calling it an honor to be a part of it.
The list of others in that select club read like a who’s who of championship history in the state, including Highlands, who tops the list at 872, with Male in second at 853. Also on the list are Mayfield, Danville, St. Xavier. Glasgow is just ahead of Bardstown at 614.
Clark said he tried to impress upon his players the significance of reaching a milestone such as this in terms of the hard work and time that goes into it.
The Tigers (5-4) certainly gave a milestone performance in the return of junior quarterback Santrel Farmer, who had been sidelined for four games after a bad ankle sprain against Elizabethtown last month.
“It makes a big difference having him in there” and the passing threat Farmer brings to the offense, Clark said.
He said that in recent weeks, the Tigers became a rush-heavy team by necessity, with senior Jarrett Dennison sacrificing for the team and moving over from wide receiver to quarterback the squad to two wins. Teams adjusted, putting nine players in the box to clog rushing lanes.
Now, with Dennison back in his normal spot, Farmer was able to go to the senior wideout early against a Thomas Nelson defense overplaying the run, which Clark said helped get the running game going.
“We were able to really spread the ball out early,” Clark said. “They loosened up (against the run) and that allowed our running game to get established in the second quarter.
Junior Deondre Boggs caught a touchdown pass on the opening drive, and also returned a punt for a touchdown in the second quarter to spark the offense. Farmer also hit Kel Livers for a touchdown pass, and older brother Voshon Livers broke off a 50-yard scoring run. Tariq Armour made it 36-0 in the final minutes of the second quarter with a long scoring run.
“We were able to get a lot of people a lot of touches,” Clark said.
Thomas Nelson (1-8) got on the board in the fourth quarter when senior Jake Clark hit classmate Tanner Hilton for a touchdown pass to set the final margin.
“I feel like we did get better,” Thomas Nelson coach Kyle Boblitt said. “We had a better attitude.”
Boblitt said the current eight-game losing streak has been difficult on his squad, and he was proud that they’ve fought through it, and that hopefully their efforts would pay off this week when the regular season closes at home against Taylor County.
“Losing is not easy,” the second-year coach said. “It’s a testament of character that they’ve continued to work hard and leaned on each other and grown together.”
Bardstown closes out the regular season at home against Allen County-Scottsville, a game which will figure into breaking the three-way tie for second place in Class 3A District 3 between the Tigers, Henry County (7-2) and Waggener (5-4). All are at 3-2 in district play behind Class 3A No. 1 Central (7-2).