Eagles dominate in win over Panthers

Teddy Paynter

PIKEVILLE — Lexington Christian's one-two punch of quarterback Logan Nieves and running back Dillon Wheatley overwhelmed Pikeville as the Eagles cruised to a 49-21 win in the 33rd annual Pike County Bowl finale played at Hillard Howard Field on Aug. 26.


Nieves was dominating as he rushed 19 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns and completed 18-of-27 passes for 214 yards and two scores as LCA improved to 2-0. Wheatley added 100 yards on 18 rushing attempts and three touchdowns.


Pikeville, now 1-1, struggled offensively against the aggressive LCA defense.


Running back Zach Roberts had 81 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown while quarterback Peyton Boyd-Blair was 7-of-11 passing for 90 yards and a score.


Nieves' two-yard run with 5 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first period gave LCA a 6-0 lead.


Pikeville came right back to tie the game at six-all as Boyd-Blair hit Jackson Hensley with a 64-yard catch-and-run touchdown with 2:42 left.


LCA took charge of the game during a three minute span late in the second quarter.


Wheatley ran three yards for a touchdown with 4:49 left and Nieves added a one-yard run with 3:42 left to push the Eagles up 20-6. Wheatley's 17-yard run with 1:36 to go made it 27-6 at the break.


Pikeville's next score game when defensive back Kyle Watkins picked off Nieves and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown with 9:08 remaining in the third period. It was 27-14 following Roberts' conversion run.


LCA went back to work as Nieves hit Wade Drake with a 16-yard touchdown pass with 6:35 to play and Wheatley scored on a 10-yard run with 3:50 left to push the Eagles up 42-14 heading into the fourth quarter.


Nieves tossed a five-yard TD pass to Blane Hardin with 6:43 to play to push the lead to 49-14.


Roberts ran 11 yards for a touchdown with 6:22 left to cap the scoring.


Pikeville is idle this week before traveling to Paintsville (2-0) on Sept. 8.




At Pikeville


(Pike County Bowl)




LCA (2-0)…................................6 21 15 7 – 49


PK (1-1)……...............................6 0 8 7 – 21




First Quarter


LC – Logan Nieves, 2-yard run (kick failed), 5:35


PK – Jackson Hensley, 64-yard pass from Peyton Boyd-Blair (run failed), 2:42


Second Quarter


LC – Dillon Wheatley, 3-yard run Tyler Dobbs kick), 4:49


LC – Logan Nieves, 1-yard run (Tyler Dobbs kick), 3:42


LC – Dillon Wheatley, 17-yard run (Tyler Dobbs kick), 1:36


Third Quarter


PK – Kyle Watkins, 36-yard INT (Zach Roberts run), 9:08


LC – Wade Drake, 16-yard pass from Logan Nieves (Tyler Dobbs kick), 6:35


LC – Dillon Wheatley, 10-yard run (Matt Lebryk pass from Logan Nieves), 3:50


Fourth Quarter


LC – Blane Hardin, 5-yard pass from Logan Nieves (Tyler Dobbs kick), 6:43


PK – Zach Roberts, 11-yard run (Tanner Hamilton kick), 6:22


Next up: Pikeville (1-1) at Paintsville (2-0), Sept. 8.