Pikeville scored 21 unanswered points to pull away from Beechwood and win 42-28 in the 1A State Championship. The score was tied at 21 in the fourth quarter, but three long TD runs helped the Panthers to pull away. This is Pikeville’s first state title since 1989.
Pikeville jumped out to a 14-0 lead on two first quarter touchdown passes. Cody Dials found Chatlin Jarrell for an 18 yard score and Wyatt Battaile hit Cody Charles to extend the lead to two scores. Following Pikeville’s early lead, it became the Brett Slusher show for Beechwood. Slusher scored three touchdowns in the second and third quarter to give the Tigers their first and only lead. Slusher finished with 78 yards rushing and 38 yards receiving on five catches. Less than a minute after Slusher gave Beechwood the lead, Pikeville responded with a 67-yard TD from Battaile to Blake Charles. Then, the run away train known as Daric Pugh got rolling. The senior back ran touchdowns of 54 and 49 yards in the fourth quarter. Pugh’s final touchdown gave Pikeville a 42-21 lead with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth. A late touchdown by Beechwood would cut the score to 42-28.
In his final game at Pikeville, Daric Pugh was incredible. Pugh ran for 239 yards and two touchdown on 20 carries. It’s tough to stop a team when their lead back is averaging nearly ten yards a carry. In addition to Pugh, Blake Charles had 114 total yards and Cody Charles had 45 receiving yards and a TD. Pikeville totaled 327 rushing yards and 177 passing yards. Battaile was 5/10 for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Cody Dials was 3/3 for 50 yards and one touchdown. For Beechwood, Kyle Fieger threw for 173 yards and ran for 47 more. Logan Castleman caught seven passes for 49 yards from Fieger, and Slusher added five catches for 38 yards. Cody Charles picked off Fieger in the second quarter to add to a big night.
Daric Pugh was named the MVP of the game. Pugh shined throughout the season and carried Pikeville to the biggest win. The Panthers finished the season with a 13-2 record and their fourth state title in school history.
Pikeville takes 1A KHSAA title 42-28 over Beechwood pic.twitter.com/ZiJ3M8dckE
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