Friday, November 30, 2012

Kentucky high-school football, championships





Oh, snap. Fire up the printer, and strap on your headphones--it's state-championship time, baby! Here's this weekend's lineup of finals at Western Kentucky University's L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.


Class A, Westwood Fairview vs. Mayfield, 11 a.m. Central Friday--Mark Maynard, great, in Ashland's Daily Independent: "Fairview and Mayfield — the counterparts in today’s Class A state championship at noon — are 384 miles apart, according to Google maps. By those calculations, those schools are five miles further than the state is long!" ... The Mayfield Cardinals lost, 24-6, to Hazard in the 2011 Class A championship. They were Class 2A state champs in 1977-78, 1985-86 and 1993 and Class A champs in 1995, 2002 and 2010. ... Fairview has never won a state championship, but where do these Eagles rank among all Eagles? ... "BITW," BTW, is for "Believe in the 'Wood." ... The Eagles' defense has been impressive this eason--especially the starters. ... Cardinals quaterback Jake Guhy is getting the same second chance his brother made the most of in 2010. ... Fairview is one of the state's three undefeated teams, all 14-0. Can you guess the other two? ... Merry Christmas from Mayfield. No, really. ... WYMC is scheduled to have the Mayfield-centric call of this game later this morning, but just a few minutes ago it played a totally super, live version of Roy Orbison doing "Pretty Paper" by Willie Nelson (but not this live version).



Class 3A, Belfry vs. Louisville Central, 3 p.m. Central Friday--The Central Yellowjackets were 2007-08 and 2010-11 Class 3A champs. ... The Pirates won 2A championships in 2003 and '04. ... Belfry lost to Central in last season's final, and, per a Pirate, there has been a sign in the runnerup's locker room all season: "Central 15, Belfry 14." ... "Pond Creek Nation" primer. ... Says a 'Jacket to Jason Frakes of The Courier-Journal, "We're lights out to the ball every play." ... "No matter how the game turns out, Belfry is a respected program in the state of Kentucky," writes Kyle Lovern in the Williamson Daily News. ... Pirates of Goody, to "Pirates of the Caribbean (Krump Remix)." 



Class 4A, Shelbyville Martha Layne Collins vs. Fort Thomas Highlands, 7 p.m. Central Friday--The media up in northern Kentucky seem to feel pretty confident in the ol' Bluebirds, wondering whether the Collins nickname is "Lady Governors" and about the whereabouts Friday evening of Cris Collinsworth. ... Highlands coach Dale Mueller, however, is providing the Titans with no bulletin-board material. ... In addition to being the defending Class 4A champs, the Bluebirds were 2007-10 5A champs; 1975, 1977, 1981-82, 1989, 1996, 1998-2000 and 2004 3A champs, and 1960-61, 1964, 1968 and 1970 2A champs. ... Collins made the 4A semis last season, too. ... Bob White, in The Courier-Journal, says a middle school on the west side of Shelby County is a primary reason for the rapid rise of Collins. ... Richard Skinner in The Kentucky Enquirer dopes the matchup. ... Bluebirds quaterback Donovan McCoy has 30 passing and 20 rushing touchdowns this season. ... Rest in peace, Coach Mueller's mother-in-law.



Class 2A, Caldwell County vs. Newport Central Catholic, 11 a.m. Central Saturday--The Caldwell County Tigers were state 2A champs in 1963 and 1998. ... The NewCath Thoroughbreds won the 2A state title in 2010 and 1984 and Class A in 2005 and '06. ... "Don't overcoach," Mayfield's coach advises his western-Kentucky colleague. ... Don't overpursue, NewCath's coach warns his Thoroughbreds. ... The Kentucky Enquirer's breakdown.



Class 5A, Union Randall K. Cooper vs. Bowling Green, 3 p.m. Central Saturday--The Cooper Jaguars haven't made it to Bowling Green yet; the school is having a pep rally for the team in Union tonight. ... The Bowling Green Purples are the defending 5A champs, and they won 3A in 1995. ... Cooper, which opened in 2008, has never won a state football championship. ... Only one coach in the history of Kentucky high-school football has taken three different schools to state-championship games. It was Dan Haley, who led Lexington Bryan Station to a 1969 2A loss to Elizabethtown; Paducah Tilghman to the 1973 2A win over Boyd County and 1980 4A loss to Trinity, and Bowling Green to the 1994 3A loss to Covington Catholic and 1995 3A win over Highlands. My brother failed to make the cut as a reserve center with the '73 Blue Tornado--but not before the team picture was snapped. ... The most ardent NewCath fans will be paying attention to this game, too. ... It hasn't been a week of all fun and games in and around BGHS. ... The Jags have shown the ability to win in different ways. ... The Purples' Nacarius Fant has 18 receiving and four punt-return touchdowns on the season. ... Bowling Green returned only four starters from its 2011 championship team. ... Nonetheless, like Fairview, BG remains one of the state's three undefeated teams, all 14-0. Can you guess the third?



Class 6A, Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park vs. Louisville Trinity, 7 p.m. Central Saturday--History is on the side of the 'Rocks. ... Trinity's state championships: 6A in 2007-08 and 2010-11; 4A in 1976-77, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1988-90, 1994, 2001-03 and 2005-06, and 3A in 1968 and 1972-73. ... Nary a one for the Panthers. ... Trinity's James Quick is considered to be the state's top player. ... But Mike Fields reports in the Lexington Herald-Leader that Quick is unlikely to play against PRP. ... And Go Heath wonders if all the Shamrocks are tired. ... PRP, meanwhile, is undefeated--and, like Fairview and Bowling Green, 14-0. ... "A bumpy road to success" for the Panthers, writes JFrakes in The C-J.



Previous reports:

-- semifinals and Go Heath's update

131 comments:

  1. John Herndon of The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg is already looking ahead to 2013 ...

    John Herndon ‏@ANewsJPHerndon
    One final football note: Unless something unforeseen changes things, Anderson will be one of the 5A favorites from the east side of state
    9:20 AM - 30 Nov 12

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  2. WYMC said it's 46 degrees in Mayfield this morning, but their spin of Neil Diamond's (awesome) "Play Me" just made things a little steamier over in Graves County.

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    1. Now we've got a minister doing a meditation on the difference between being a fan and being a devoted follower. He started out by acknowledging this was a tough morning for all of the UK fans listening to WYMC.

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  3. I'm rolling with Jared Graves's predictions.

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    1. Oh, yeah ... those are the chalk picks. Definitely.

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    2. Right picks, too.

      I'm a little more concerned about Fairview than the WYMC guys are, however. They did knock out the defending Class A champs, Hazard, who beat Mayfield in the final last season.

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  4. And WYMC's pre-game show is on the air! The WYMC guys are mad that, for the second year in a row, the KHSAA didn't give them their own booth in the pressbox.

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    1. By this point, the KHSAA should print up WYMC's press passes before the season even starts. They should certainly have their own booth.

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  5. WYMC had (I think) Mayfield's offensive coordinator on for an interview. He said that he was impressed in last season's championship with Cardinals quarterback Jake Guhy when, after Guhy's fourth interception and Hazard up by more than a couple of touchdowns, Guhy was the first Cardinal back on the field on the next Mayfield possession.

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    1. WYMC is now playing the Mayfield High School fight song.

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  6. Collins High was planning to send a "pep bus for students," and the team's booster club was planning to send a charter bus to Bowling Green, Todd Martin reports in The Sentinel News.

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  7. A Mayfield First Baptist Church member is offering today's pre-game prayer on WYMC. "On the field and off the field, let us not forget who You are and what You have done for us." Amen.

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  8. WYMC has been covering the Cardinals since 1976.

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  9. Color commentator David Morris: "This moment ... it doesn't get any better than this."

    Moments from kickoff in BG ...

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    1. David Morris is the Mayfield coach Joe's brother.

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  10. Fairview comes out in a T formation and picks up four yards on first-down run ... underway at Smith Stadium ...

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  11. Mayfield, 7-0 ... After Fairview picked up a few first downs on their possession, Mayfield took over at its own 32 after a punt. Guhy connected with Jonathan Jackson around midfield, and the senior running back raced the rest of the way for the score.

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  12. On a second down, Mayfield quarterback Guhy is sacked, and WYMC's play-by-play guy, Vince Dawson (sp?), notes that the Fairview player "comes up dancing. You're down, 7-0, son."

    On the ensuing third-and-28, Jackson bursts for the first down, and, then, a few players later, Jackson carries tacklers into the end zone: 14-0, Cardinals.

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  13. But Fairview responds with a two-play, 80-yard touchdown run, adds the two-point conversion (WYMC's Jackson says Fairview never kicks) and now recovers an onside kick. It's 14-8, Mayfield, and Fairview has a first down at the Cardinals' 36 still in the first quarter ... Eagles driving ...

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    1. Cardinals recover a Fairview fumble at the 12. WYMC is surprised that the Fairview runner was not declared down because of stop of forward motion. "I thought I heard a whistle," says WYMC.

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  14. Lively first quarter finally ends, and Mayfield will have second down deep in its own territory when play resumes after this commercial from "Metal Mall."

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  15. Jackson runs for his third touchdown of the game--this time, from 31 yards out--and then is tackled in end zone, resulting in a Fairview 15-yard penalty on the coming kickoff. Mayfield now leads, 21-8, and WYMC has pretty much turned the radio show into a plea to college coaches to give senior Jackson a scholarship offer. I personally hope Willie Taggart is listening.

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  16. 65-yard touchdown pass for Mayfield (not to Jackson), and now the Cardinals recover a Fariview fumble ... 28-8 about midway through the second quarter ...

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  17. And it's 34-8, as Jackson rushes in from 38 or 39 yards out off a direct snap. I'm having WYMC technical issues, sadly.

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    1. Kristin Childers ‏@kchilders
      Jonathan Jackson has 16 carries for 212 yards rushing. 268 total yards. #Mayfield #Fairview #kyhsf #ClassA #GridironBowl
      12:52 PM - 30 Nov 12

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    1. Latest score wasn't by Jackson, however ...

      Mike Fields ‏@MikeFieldsNotes
      Mayfield extends lead to 41-8 over Fairview after Stuart Mills' short TD run which was set up by Jonathan Jackson's 45-yard gain.
      12:57 PM - 30 Nov 12

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  19. What an amazing championship game performance

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    1. What do the folks in Fairview think of western Kentucky now?

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  20. 55-8 and running clock in the third quarter ...

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  21. Mike Fields ‏@MikeFieldsNotes
    Mayfield's Jonathan Jackson has been lifted with his team up 55-8 early fourth quarter. Jackson ran for 278 yds, 3 TDs, had a 56-yd TD catch
    1:23 PM - 30 Nov 12

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  22. Joey Fosko of The Paducah Sun just Tweeted out that Mayfield has finished off Fairview, 55-8, and I trust that he's correct because he was freaking awesome on Lone Oak's 1985-86 academic team.

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  23. Champ Central leads Belfry, 6-0. The Pond Creek Pirates have outgained the Yellowjackets by almost 2 to 1--but also have two turnovers. Belfry is inside the Central 10 about a minute in to the second quarter ...

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  24. Belfry drives 74 yards on 16 plays and drains seven minutes, 45 seconds from the clock. The first 15 plays are runs; the 16th is a 15-yard touchdown pass with 5:53 to go in the half. The point-after kick fails, and so the old rivals are tied at 6 in the 3A championship game ...

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  25. Halftime, and it's still 6-6. Interesting decision by Central at the end of the first half. Facing a third-and-17 from its own 21, the Yellowjackets called timeout with three seconds remaining and set up a last-ditch pass play. Incomplete ...

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  26. From pages 435 and 436 of Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State, which was originally published by Harcourt, Brace and Company in October 1939:

    BELFRY, 3.6 m. (668 alt., 410 pop.), one of the coal-mining communities that are strung out along Pond Creek for approximately 15 miles, is typical of the numerous half-abandoned mining towns of the area. They are unincorporated and, with their unpaved streets and unpainted buildings, come into view like blighted spots on the land. They have all the inconveniences and few, if any, of the comforts of modern towns of equal size, and none of the advantages of agricultural countryside. Small drab houses, most of them in need of repair, huddle close together along the deep valleys or stand undertainly on the mountain sides. Most of them are of boom-time flimsiness, with one thickness of board in the walls that rest on slender, often-tottering, posts, many are papered with newspapers and patched with cardboard to shut out draughts. ... Life in the coal-mining towns is meager and hard. The customary diet of the miner and his family consists chiefly of beans--and more beans--corn bread made without milk, and 'bulldog gravy,' a mixture of flour, water, and a little grease. In the summer those fortunate enough to find a small patch may grow a few vegetables, but for the most part they grow pumpkins. There is little or no milk available even for the children. As a result diseases of malnutrition are common. Leisure is abundant and money scarce. Brawls and an occasional shooting, a bit of penny- and nickel-gambling, all of them usually enlivened with moonshine, are the recreation of the men.

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    1. That's gotta be just about the most negative thing written in any of the WPA guides. It reads as though they sent someone from Louisville down there.

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  27. Belfry doesn't much throw, but Sani Warren has been plenty effective when the Pirates do pass: four for four for 58 yards, Belfry's lone score and, just now, a conversion on third-and-8 from his own 28. It remains tied at 6 with about two minutes to go in the third quarter ...

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    1. Sacks, however, have been a problem: three so far. The third dooms this Belfry possession, and Central takes over at its own 41 with 1:53 to go in the third ...

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    2. Another interesting decision for Central ... fourth-and-less-than-1 at the 50 near the end of the third quarter ... the Yellowjackets punt ... AND DOWN THE BALL AT THE BELFRY 1 ...

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  28. Belfry gets two yards on first down, despite 10 Yellowjackets on the line, says KHSAA radio, and we remain tied through three quarters ...

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    1. A third-down run nets only one yard, however, and now the Pirates face fourth-and-less-than-1 at the Central 46 ...

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    2. Belfry 4-1 on Central46 SANI WARREN rush for 2 yards to the CENTRAL44, 1ST DOWN BELFRY (DERQ. MOBLEY).

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    3. Micheal Compton ‏@mcompton428
      Belfry's deliberate offense may well be wearing down Central's defense. Now up to midfield with 11 minutes left
      4:54 PM - 30 Nov 12

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  30. Third-and-9 ... Belfry yields its fourth sack, back to midfield ... punting to Central ... Pirates pump ... FUMBLE! ... Central returner recovers his own muff, at the Yellowjacket 12 ...

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  31. 7:39 to play ... "When was the last overtime game in a state championship?" KHSAA radio wonders.

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  32. Now the Yellowjackets are driving ... face third-and-6 at Belfry 44 ... three-yard run ... 1:30 to play ...

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  33. Belfry--losers to Central by 22-17 in the 2007 3A championship, by 46-7 in 2010 and 15-14 last season--take over at its own 41 with 1:04 to play, tied with Central at 6 in the 3A final ...

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    1. Two runs net two yards, and we're going to overtime!

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    2. I've finally gotten the audio to work. This is quite exciting.

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  34. KHSAA radio switches to the official's microphone during the instructions before the overtime coin toss. Notable: "You can't scoop and go" (meaning turnovers cannot be returned for scores by the defenses), and timeouts do not carry from regulation ("everybody gets one").

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  35. Belfry gets the ball first. Central pushes the Pirates back from the 10 to the 16, and now Belfry faces fourth-and-goal ...

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  36. If Belfry loses, that kicker is going to be sick.

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  37. The champs take over ... lose five on first down ... second-down TOUCHDOWN! ...

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    1. Anthony N. ‏@ALNB81
      Final: Central defeats Belfry 12-6. Marcel Malone wide open and scores the game winning touchdown. Final in Overtime.
      5:24 PM - 30 Nov 12

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  38. 4A final is underway and almost over: Highlands, 20-0 over Collins early in the second quarter.

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  39. Mike Fields ‏@MikeFieldsNotes
    Highlands has 281 yards to Collins' 56. That explains the 26-0 score in favor of the Bluebirds.
    7:58 PM - 30 Nov 12

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  40. Collins spunkily drives to the Highlands 13 but drive stalls as four downs from there go for three yards, incomplete pass, 13-yard sack and incomplete pass. The Titans turn the ball over to the Bluebirds on downs at their 23 with 3:43 to play in the half.

    And with 2:03 to play in the half, Highlands scores to boost its lead to 33-0.

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    1. Micheal Compton ‏@mcompton428
      It's Highlands world in 4A and everyone else is just living in it. 33-0 over Collins late second quarter
      8:08 PM - 30 Nov 12

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  41. 4A: Now 40-0, Highlands, in the third.

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  42. Final: Highlands, 47-0 over Collins for the 4A championship. Congrats, Bluebirds.

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  43. Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace, in a story by Michael Compton at The Daily News: "We’ve kept it at the most routine that we could possibly keep it."

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  44. WYMC has already turned the first Mayfield touchdown pass--Guhy-to-Jackson "wheel route"--into a promo for the station.

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  45. Just under seven minutes to play, and NewCath takes a 24-23 lead on Caldwell County in the 2A championship on a 24-yard field goal.

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  46. 2:34 to go ... Caldwell, trailing two, faces fourth-and-goal from the NewCath 2 ... Tigers call timeout ...

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    1. GOOD! Brett Seymore's 19-yard field goal gives back Caldwell County the lead, 26-24, with 2:30 to go ...

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  47. NATHAN GROSSER kickoff 59 yards to the CALDWELL1, JAYLEN BOYD return 24 yards to the CALDWELL25 (MAC FRANZEN).
    Caldwell 1-10 on Caldwell25 CALDWELL COUNTY drive start at 06:40.
    Caldwell 1-10 on Caldwell25 [SHOT], ELIJAH SINDELAR pass complete to MARTEZ SIVELS for 10 yards to the CALDWELL35, 1ST DOWN CALDWELL, out-of-bounds.
    Caldwell 1-10 on Caldwell35 [SHOT], ELIJAH SINDELAR pass complete to MARTEZ SIVELS for 17 yards to the NEWCATH48, 1ST DOWN CALDWELL.
    Caldwell 1-10 on Newcath48 [SHOT], JAYLEN BOYD rush for 3 yards to the NEWCATH45 (QUINN ANOST).
    Caldwell 2-7 on Newcath45 [SHOT], ELIJAH SINDELAR rush for 13 yards to the NEWCATH32, 1ST DOWN CALDWELL, out-of-bounds (JOSH CAIN).
    Caldwell 1-10 on Newcath32 [SHOT], JAYLEN BOYD rush for 11 yards to the NEWCATH21, 1ST DOWN CALDWELL (JACK SUTKAMP;MAC FRANZEN).
    Caldwell 1-10 on Newcath21 [SHOT], JAYLEN BOYD rush for 2 yards to the NEWCATH19 (JACK SUTKAMP).
    Caldwell 2-8 on Newcath19 [SHOT], JAYLEN BOYD rush for 6 yards to the NEWCATH13 (JACK SUTKAMP).
    Caldwell 3-2 on Newcath13 [SHOT], JAYLEN BOYD rush for 1 yard to the NEWCATH12 (ELLIOTT RUST), PENALTY NEWCATH substitution infraction 4 yards to the NEWCATH9, 1ST DOWN CALDWELL, NO PLAY.
    Caldwell 1-G on Newcath09 [SHOT], JAYLEN BOYD rush for loss of 2 yards to the NEWCATH11 (ELLIOTT RUST).
    Caldwell 2-G on Newcath11 [SHOT], ELIJAH SINDELAR rush for 9 yards to the NEWCATH2 (MAC FRANZEN).
    Caldwell 3-G on Newcath02 [SHOT], JAYLEN BOYD rush for no gain to the NEWCATH2 (JACK SUTKAMP;ROSS MEEK).
    Caldwell 4-G on Newcath02 Timeout CALDWELL COUNTY, clock 02:34.
    Caldwell 4-G on Newcath02 BRETT SEYMORE field goal attempt from 19 GOOD, clock 02:30.

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  48. Newcath 2-8 on Newcath42 JOSH CAIN pass complete to MAC FRANZEN for 54 yards to the CALDWELL4, 1ST DOWN NEWCATH (MICHAEL WATKINS).

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  49. Caldwell has no timeouts left ...

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  50. 30 seconds ... NewCath tackled for 1-yard loss ... NewCath timeout ...

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  51. Third-and-goal at Caldwell 4 ... NewCath trails, 26-24 ... 30 seconds remaining ... NewCath still has two timeouts left ...

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  52. Touchdown pass ... jump pass ... 26 seconds left ... play action ...

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  53. 30-26, New Cath leads ... going for two ...

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    1. Quarterback draw is snuffed ... 30-26, NewCath ... Caldwell will have 26 seconds and no timeout ...

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  54. Chris George ‏@TChrisGeorge
    The Tiger faithful chanting we still believe. Gonna take a miracle folks. 31-26 Newport kickoff to the tigers :26 left. #dontstopbelieving
    1:55 PM - 1 Dec 12

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  55. Four lead changes in last 13 minutes of play.

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  56. Tigers at 25 after kick, with 22 seconds remaining ...

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    1. Caldwell advances to 50 ... 9 seconds left ...

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    2. Sacked ... final ... 30-26, NewCath.

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  57. The 5A championship is one minute, 17 seconds old, and defending-champ Bowling Green--having intercepted Cooper on the game's first play from scrimmage--is already ahead, 7-0.

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  58. But this one's not quite over yet ... Cooper's Aaron Morgan returns the ensuing kick 88 yards, and the Jags have first-and-goal inside the Purples' 10 ...

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  59. Or it might be over, after all ... Cooper fumbles on first down, and Bowling Green recovers ...

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  60. Score is actually 6-0. KHSAA radio thought they saw the officials signal the Purples' point-after kick was good--but, in fact, they waved it wide.

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  61. 6-6. Cooper also misses its PAT.

    Jags--having turned the ball over on its first two offensive downs--have tied the defending champs in the 5A championship ... about four minutes to go in the first quarter ...

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  62. Jody Demling ‏@jdemling
    Bowling Green QB Devin Hayes, who has been on unofficial visits to UofL, is REALLY good. Just threw perfect ball for TD. Purples up 12-6
    3:35 PM - 1 Dec 12

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  63. OK, this one might be beginning to be over ... Hayes throws to Nacarius Fant for a 46-yard, catch-and-run touchdown, and the Purples are up, 19-6, with 4:42 to play in the first half ...

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    1. Kick was good there, incidentally ... first of four kick attempts by the two teams to be successful in this game.

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  64. Louisville Catholic ‏@LouCathSports
    With 9:55 left in the game, Trinity leads 54-7 and a running clock is in play.
    9:33 PM - 1 Dec 12

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