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Recapping a Wild Second Round of Kentucky High School Football Playoffs

Troy Taormina | USA TODAY Sports

Troy Taormina | USA TODAY Sports

The Saturday football was not so great around the state. The same could to be said about Friday night football. Enjoy the best of the best from around the Commonwealth.

Class A

Hazard 21, Pikeville 12 – Max Johnson ran for a score and had a pick-six late to seal the upset victory over last year’s state champs. Garrett Miller tossed a TD pass to Tyson Turner in the first half. Miller finished 11-of-14 for 143 yards. He did not play in Hazard’s 43-7 regular season loss to the Panthers. Pikeville, who had an up-and-down season, has only a few seniors and will be a favorite to be back at Kroger field next year

Paintsville 28, Raceland 21 — Karsten Poe had 3 TDs to help the Tigers avenge their regular season loss to Raceland. They host Hazard next week.

Class 2A

#9 LCA 42, #25 Somerset 35 – LCA raced out to a 21-0 lead and held on to defeat last year’s 2A state champion.  Drew Nieves passed for 3 TDs and ran for the go-ahead score. Freshman Parker Chaney knocked down Somerset’s fourth down pass to ice the game. These two teams always produce great games, with LCA winning the regular season battle. Last year Somerset knocked LCA out of the playoffs in another thriller.

Murray 28, Mayfield 21 (3OT) – Murray knocked off Mayfield for the first time in 27 years by overcoming a 14-0 halftime deficit. Ashkahn Nabavi caught a 3-yard TD pass from Rowdy Sokolowski in the third overtime and Murray’s defense intercepted Mayfield to preserve the win. Murray lost to Mayfield in overtime in the regular season.  

Class 3A

#17 Elizabethtown 35, Bardstown 28 — The Elizabethtown Panthers overcame a 28-14 deficit thanks to three fourth quarter passing scores from Clay Games to Kam Sherrard. Games passed for 322 yards in the victory. E’town won the regular season matchup 33-6, but Bardstown was victorious in last year’s playoffs.

#10 Ashland 10, Russell 7 – JT Garrett scored on an 11-yard reverse and Hunter Gillum made a key interception to help the undefeated Ashland Tomcats get by rival Russell. The game was much closer than Ashland’s 41-7 regular season victory over Russell.

Class 4A 

#3 Boyle County 49, #15 Lexington Catholic 41 – Jagger Gillis passed for 282 yards and ran for 68 more to lead the Rebels to victory. They jumped out to a 28-0 lead and held on for the win. Will McDaniel ran for 152 yards and three scores for the Rebels.

#22 Franklin County 42, #12 Central 6 – Nick Broyles threw for four TDs in the Flyers’ easier than expected victory. They avenged an 18-16 regular-season home loss to Central earlier this year. Broyles, who was banged up and not 100% in the regular season loss, threw for 206 yards last night. Too many turnovers doomed Central.

Class 5A 

#11 Bowling Green 41, #6 South Warren 24 – Bowling Green forced eight turnovers to avenge their regular season loss to South Warren. QB Conner Cooper threw for two TDs and ran for another. He passed for 188 yards and ran for 72 more. The Purples have one of the best defenses in the state and it showed last night.

#5 Frederick Douglass 39, #14 Scott County 21 – RB Darius Neal totaled over 200 yards from scrimmage and scored four TDs (three rushing, one receiving) to lead the Broncos to victory. They will be heavy favorites against Southwestern next week.

#13 Owensboro 28, Graves County 21 – Gavin Wimsatt was 26-of-36 passing for 286 yards and three TDs to help Owensboro overcome turnovers and get the win. The win was not pretty, especially considering how the Red Devils easily defeated Graves County 42-21 during the regular season.

Madison Southern 23, Woodford County 21 – Jace Duerson kicked a 40-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining to win it for Madison Southern.


Class 6A 

#19 St. Xavier 10, #7 Manual 6 – The Tigers scored the game-winning touchdown on a fourth and 21 play with 16 seconds remaining. The 38-yard hail mary pass from Giles Pooler to Michael Duddy gave the Tigers and improbable victory.



Article written by Troy Howell

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