The Floyd Central Highlanders found themselves hit by a steamroller in their season opener against Louisville Male Friday night, as the Bulldogs cruised to a 62-16 win at Ron Wiegleb Stadium.
Male scored six touchdowns in the first half using the big play. The Bulldogs had passes of 47 yards to Kelon Wakefield and 62 yards to Amisuan Calloway by Davis Mattingly and one run by Ellis Cain of 63 yards as Male took a 42-0 lead.
Floyd Central finally got on the board in the second period when Ryan Lenz booted a field goal through the uprights.
Then, after Mattingly threw another touchdown pass, this one 48 yards, the Highlanders had their biggest play of the game when Gaige Kingsmith caught a 79-yard pass from Colton Kimm.
Kingsmith had one more touchdown on a 35-yard run in the fourth period that was sandwiched between two Male TDs.
The Highlanders struggled with their running game, getting just 50 yards on 31 carries, and completed nine of 23 pass attempts for 189 yards, as they tallied 239 yards of offense.
Kingsmith carried the ball 13 times for 60 yards and caught one pass for 79 yards. Evan Rue caught two passes for 49 yards, and Austin Carl caught three passes for 46 yards. On defense, Chase Herron had five tackles and five assists, while Lukas Quinkert and Jacob Trudeau had five tackles each.
Male finished with a whopping 695 yards of offense. The Bulldogs carried the ball 22 times for 295 yards and completed 19 of 26 passes for 400 yards.
The Highlanders will meet rival Providence Friday night at 7.
Male 0 3 7 6 - 16
Floyd Central 21 21 13 7 - 62
Male-Haynes 16-yard pass from Mattingly (White kick); Male-Cain 3-yard run (White kick); Male-Wakefield 42-yard pass from Mattingly (White kick); Male-Cain 25-yard run (White kick); Male-Cain 63-yard run (White kick); Male-Calloway 62-yard pass from Mattingly (White kick); Floyd Central-Lenz 43-yard field goal; Male-Britt 48-yard pass from Mattingly (White kick); Floyd Central-Kingsmith 79-yard pass from Kimm (Lenz kick); Male-Britt 48-yard run (kick failed); Floyd Central-Kingsmith 35-yard run (kick failed); Male-Wilkerson 15-yard run (White kick)