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Today's Sports

  • Big plays, small things lead...

    Big plays. Take advantage of opportunities. Little things.

    Anderson County mixed them all together Friday night and came up with a 42-21 win over Mercer County before a standing room only crowd at Hollie Warford Stadium.

    Quarterback Jacob Russell found senior classmate Grant Cox for scoring passes of 47, 76 and 70 yards and broke off a 75-yard run to start the second half as the Bearcats moved to 3-0 on the year.

  • COLUMN: Real rivalry returns...

    It isn't Odessa Permian vs. Midland Lee but a real live rivalry is this week's version of Friday Night Lights in Lawrenceburg.

    Make that a real live rivalry is hopefully coming back to life when Anderson hosts Mercer County. It has been been four years since they met and 13 years since the game has been for more than mere bragging rights.

    But that really never mattered. Many times when the Bearcats and Scotties tangled, which was most years from 1963 through 2005, bragging rights were all that mattered, just like it will be Friday night.

  • Russell, Cox team up to lead...

    It was simply a matter of Anderson County recognizing Mercer County’s defense.

    Three times Anderson quarterback Jacob Russell and end Grant Cox noted a hole in the Titan defense when Mercer lined up in a certain coverage. Three times, the tandem struck on touch down passes of 47, 76 and 70 yards to lead the Bearcats to a 42-21 win before an overflow crowd at Warford Stadium.

    “I thought Jacob played big tonight,” said Anderson coach Mark Peach. “Cox was super."

  • Woodford pulls away from Lady...

    Woodford County scored twice in the final 15:03 and it was enough to pull away from Anderson County. The visiting Yellow Jackets claimed a 3-1 win in a battle of Top 20 teams Wednesday night.

    The win, in all likelihood, clinched the top seed in the 25th District tournament for the Yellow Jackets. Anderson will be the two-seed.

    After a scoreless first half, Woodford County's Taylor Kelly put the fifth-ranked Jackets in front from the right wing, angling her shot just out of the reach of Anderson goalie Emily Mager.

  • Biggest regular-season game in...

    There is no such thing as a one-game season until the tournaments begin next month. Just don't tell those anticipating the girls' soccer showdown set to take place on the Anderson field tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 9.

    Anderson County vs. Woodford County.

    Or as they say on the east side of the Kentucky River, Woodford County vs. Anderson County.

    Last week's state coaches' poll says No. 5 (Woodford) vs. No. 15 (Anderson).

    Two weeks ago, that same poll said it was No. 7 vs. No. 8.

  • Bearcats looking to repeat...

    It has been almost a year since the Anderson County boys' golf team captured its biggest win in many campaigns.

    After 18 holes of play, the Bearcats and Scott County were tied for the championship of the Central Kentucky Conference tournament. The playoff lasted just one hole as the Bearcats claimed their 2008 conference championship on their home course at Wild Turkey Trace.

  • Fans, Peach glad Mercer back on...

    Mark Peach had heard the criticisms.

    They started coming his way in 2006, his second season coaching football at Anderson County, and intensified the following year. Even though the Bearcats went undefeated in the regular season, there were some that were focused on pointing out that some traditional rivals had disappeared from the schedule.

    At or near the top of that list of wished-for opponents was Mercer County, a team the Bearcats had played on a near annual basis for nearly 30 years.

  • This week in Anderson County...

    This week in Anderson County sports

    Anderson County High School

    Football

    Friday, Sept. 11: Mercer Co. at Anderson Co., 7:30 p.m.

    Freshman football

    Thursday, Sept. 10: Spencer Co. at Anderson Co., 6 p.m.

    JV football

    Monday, Sept. 14: Casey Co. at Anderson Co., 6 p.m.

    Girls' soccer

    Wednesday, Sept. 9: Woodford Co. at Anderson Co., 7 p.m.

        JV game at 5:30 p.m.

  • THE SPORTS BUZZ FOR SEPT. 7:...

    Over the years, Anderson County has had some great football games with both Mercer County and Harrodsburg. Friday night will mark the first meeting between Anderson and Mercer since Harrodsburg High closed. I make my picks of the best games in the two series. At the end is a listing of every game in the longtime series.

    Greats in the rivalries

    Anderson vs. Mercer

    1966 Anderson 68, Mercer Co. 0

    Billy Bean has a field day, runs past the Scotties with four touchdowns.

    1972 Anderson Co. 67, Mercer Co. 13

  • Oldest play in the book seals...

    It was fitting that on a night when the very first Anderson High School football team was honored, it all came down to the oldest play in the book.

    With his team reeling and clinging to a 36-34 lead over Meade County with 4:55 to play, Anderson County's Dustin Combs took a Gabe Butrum kickoff, followed a wall of blockers, then broke free for a 97-yard touchdown return. It was all the Bearcats needed as they posted a 43-34 Alumni Bowl win before an electric crowd at Warford Stadium.

    “The middle just opened up,” a sweat-drenched Combs said.