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August 28, 2013
Week one is now history, but it will not be soon forgotten. Two KHSAA teams were in the national spotlight for the opening of the 2013 football season. Trinity and Highlands, two teams that met a week prior in a scrimmage, showed their talents on ESPNU both leaving a very favorable impression upon the nation.
Friday night, power house Esnworth (Tn.) made the trip to the Bluegrass to take on the Shamrocks on their home turf. Junior running back Donald Brooks made a name for himself in that game. It was essentially a coming out party for the young back after being behind Purdue running back Dalyn Dawkins in 2012. Brooks was close to eclipsing the 100-yard mark with 86 and would finish with three touchdowns.
Louisville-commit Reggie Bonnafon was another star lying in wait for Trinity. Bonnafon lit up an injured Highlands secondary throwing for 320 yards in the first half. In the game Friday, his number weren't near as gaudy as they were week prior, going 16 of 24 for 216 yards. His day was ended early with cramps to his throwing wrist and thumb.
Without their starting quarterback, Trinity would lose the led and the game in the fourth quarter, 27-26.
The very next day, Fort Thomas Highlands would right the ship for the KHSAA and knock off University Christian in dominating fashion.
The Bluebirds would also host their nationally-televised matchup where they quickly fell behind 10-0. Quarterback Drew Houliston passed for 373 yards and threw four touchdowns in the comeback effort. They were also immensely helped by the running game with 115 yards and three touchdowns coming from Zach Harris.
Highlands would have the game in hand before the final whistle and would go on to win 47-17.
Another game that had star power in it but was not nationally televised was John Hardin at Seneca. In this one, two top defensive prospects made their senior season debuts.
The Bluegrass' most highly sought after prospect,defensive tackle Matt Elam, was on the field for the Bulldogs and had a pretty decent night for all the double and triple teams that came his way. Elam displayed his strength on every play and leaked glimpses of his speed while chasing ball carriers.
He wasn't one to explode off the ball rather he would just use his strength to overpower the offensive lineman and blow them five to ten yards behind the line of scrimmage. Elam's game seems to be more of a finesse one with brute force.
On the other sideline, Vanderbilt-commit and defensive end Lloyd Tubman didn't have the chance to make many plays and was switched to linebacker throughout while the Redhawks attempted to contain the running game of John Hardin. Tubman has Division-I speed and will really have the chance to flourish in front of a high-caliber defense.
John Hardin's quarterback and cornerback Patrick Anderson really shined in the game on both sides of the ball. He always had himself in the position to make plays. That's why two of his three interceptions were easily made. The third he had to work for catching the ball on his back on his own three yard line. Anderson also recovered a fumble and threw for two touchdowns on a career night for him.
John Hardin shellacked Seneca 35-6 to begin the season.