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Recapping the Kentucky football regional finals

BY ADAM KIEFABER
CoachesAid.com Kentucky Content Coordinator

Beechwood 41, Bellevue 20 – Class 1A

Bellevue at Beechwood

Bellevue running back Ricky Buckler fights for the football with Beechwood's Kody Klug. It was a ruled a catch for Buckler, but Bellevue still lost 41-20 to Beechwood. Photo taken by Scott Davis of ScottDavis.smugmug.com.

Beechwood is one game closer to winning its third straight Class 1A championship. Sophomore running back Cameron Vocke led the Tigers with 175 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries in the 41-20 win against Bellevue. Senior quarterback Matt Rigdon rushed for 121 yards and two scores in the win. Beechwood will visit Mayfield in the semifinals.

Mayfield 31, Crittenden County 28 – Class 1A

Mayfield came back from a 28-17 deficit in the third quarter to defeat Crittenden County, a team it beat 42-7 a month ago. Mayfield’s Tyreese Murrell had the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Lexington Christian 62, Raceland 12 – Class 1A

Lexington Christian RB Dominque Hayden rushed for 161 yards and 2 TDs on only eight carries in the win. QB Lucas Witt was 10-of-10 passing for 253 yards and 3 TDs. Now, the Eagles will host Hazard in the state semifinals.

Hazard 50, Harlan 7 – Class 1A

Hazard QB Jon Combs ran for three TDs and threw for two more in the win against Harlan. Hazard has been playing extremely well thus far in the postseason, but will now have to play the favorites in 1A.

DeSales 23, Newport Central Catholic 10 - Class 2A

DeSales avenged its 54-19 loss to NewCath in last year’s postseason. DeSales senior running back Kyle Perry totaled 100 yards (53 rushing, 47 passing) and two touchdowns in the win. DeSales will host Prestonsburg in the semifinals at Southern.

Prestonsburg 23, Corbin 7 – Class 2A

Prestonsburg QB Michael Burchett was 20-of-33 passing for 254 yards and three TDs in the win. That raises Burchett’s touchdown total to 41 (32 passing, nine rushing).

Fort Campbell 28, Murray 21 – Class 2A

Fort Campbell QB Antonio Andrews threw a jump ball in the corner of the endzone, which was caught by WR Tre Powell for the game-winning score with 14 seconds left in the game. Andrews two TD passes raised his total to 51 (26 passing, 25 rushing) on the year. Fort Campbell will now play Monroe County at Austin Peay, Clarksville.

Monroe County 39, Green County 14 – Class 2A

Monroe County’s Neil Wilson, who is one of the state’s top WRs this year, did a little bit of everything in the win against Green County. Wilson finished with 160 yards and 3 TDs on 17 carries, returned a kickoff for a 57-yard score, completed 2-of-3 passes for 51 yards, had one reception for four yards and picked off a pass.

Central 48, Henry County 38 - Class 3A

Central running back Anthony Wales rushed for 192 yards and six TDs in the win. Central is one game closer to its third straight Class 3A state championship. Central will visit Paducah Tilghman.

Sheldon Clark 26, Pike County Central 12 – Class 3A

Sheldon Clark was able to avenge its 40-18 loss to Pike County Central Oct. 23 with a win in the regional finals. The Cardinal will now travel to Somerset this Friday in the semifinals.

Paducah Tilghman 21, Russellville 14 – Class 3A

Paducah Tilghman’s Josh Forrest recovered a fumble and returned it 55 yards for a TD for the game-winning score. Next week will be tough when the Blue Tornado hosts Central.

Somerset 51, Breathitt County 33 – Class 3A

Somerset QB Eric Manning threw for 204 yards and two TDs in the win. He also rushed for 127 yards and a score on 11 carries. RB Josh Troxtle rushed 100 yards and three TDs on only seven carries for the Briar Jumpers. Breathitt County star RB Channing Fugate (Tennessee commit) rushed for 157 yards and two TDs on 30 carries to end his impressive high school career.

Lone Oak 34, Allen County-Scottsville – Class 4A

Lone Oak RB Matt Starks rushed for 110 yards and two TDs in the impressive win against Allen County-Scottsville. The Purple Flashes remained undefeated and will host Marion County this Friday.

Marion County 31, Western 24 - Class 4A

After losing its first two regular season games, Marion County has reeled off 11 straight wins. A tough test is ahead, when its visits Lone Oak in the semifinals.

Boyle County 34, Lexington Catholic 20 – Class 4A

Boyle County RB Rees MacShara rushed for 215 yards and 3 TDs on 22 carries in the win. The Rebels will now have to host Bell County.

Bell County 41, Lawrence County 0 – Class 4A

Bell County has been on roll in the postseason, outscoring its three opponents 133-0. In its latest win, Cody Davenport led the Bobcats with 150 yards and three TDs against previously unbeaten Lawrence County. Next up is Boyle County.

John Hardin 36, Oldham County 14 - Class 5A

John Hardin’s Alex Dingle completed 6-of-9 passes for 211 yards and three TDs in the win against Oldham County. He also ran for two TDs to keep the undefeated streak alive. Next up is a tough rough contest against Bowling Green.

Bowling Green 28, Christian County 14 – Class 5A

Bowling Green RB Lavance Anderson rushed for 138 yards and two TDs in the win. These two schools opened the season against one another, the Purples won that game as well 22-3. BG will host John Hardin in the semifinals.

Pulaski County 31, Letcher County Central 14 – Class 5A

Pulaski County QB Zach Eastham rushed for 114 yards and threw for 234 in the win. Eastham season totals are up to 2,176 passing yards and 24 TDs. Now, they will have to visit the 5A favorite Highlands in the state semifinals.

Highlands 42, Johnson Central 21 – Class 5A

Highlands has played a game not on its home turf since Oct. 17 and will get one more this week when it faces Pulaski County in the semifinals. The Bluebirds were led by Austin Collinsworth’s 159 yards and 3 TDs on 14 carries in the win against Johnson Central.

St. Xavier 48, Simon Kenton 34 - Class 6A

Simon Kenton fell behind 34-7 late in the first half, before rallying to a seven-point deficit (41-34) late in the fourth quarter. St. Xavier was led by running backs Michael Montano (163 yards and 3 TDs on 13 carries) and Lamont McMurry (123 yards and 3 TDs) in the win. Nick Sears had three interceptions in the win. St. Xavier will visit Greenwood this Friday.

Greenwood 31, Henderson County 7 – Class 6A

Greenwood kicker Alex Belt nailed four field goals in the win. Belt also starred on the school’s soccer team, who finished as the state runner-up this fall. Greenwood should have its hands full against 6A favorite St. Xavier.

Trinity 31, Male 6 - Class 6A

As usual, Trinity is playing its best football late in the postseason. Trinity junior QB Brad Kragthorpe was 16-of-19 passing for 283 yards and three TDs in the 31-6 win against Male. Scott County will visit Trinity this week.

Scott County 16, Henry Clay 13 – Class 6A

After losing its final two regular season games, Scott County has reeled off three straight wins over rivals Tates Creek, George Rogers Clark and Henry Clay. The Cardinals trailed Henry Clay 13-9 until QB Tevin Buffin capped off a 19-play 84-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to James Happy on a 4th-and-7 with less than four minutes left.

State semifinals

CLASS 6A

St. Xavier (12-1) at Greenwood (10-3)

Scott County (10-3) at Trinity (9-4)

CLASS 5A

John Hardin (13-0) at Bowling Green (11-2)

Pulaski County (10-3) at Highlands (13-0)

CLASS 4A

Marion County (11-2) at Lone Oak (13-0)

Bell County (12-1) at Boyle County (13-0)

CLASS 3A

Central (8-5) at Paducah Tilghman (7-6)

Sheldon Clark (9-4) at Somerset (13-0)

CLASS 2A

Monroe County (10-3) at Fort Campbell (13-0) at Austin Peay, Clarksville

Prestonsburg (13-0) at DeSales (10-3) at Southern

CLASS 1A

Beechwood (9-4) at Mayfield (12-1)

Hazard (9-4) at Lexington Christian (12-1)

(Special thanks to Scott Davis of ScottDavis.smugmug.com for providing the picture of Bellevue at Beechwood - you can purchase pictures from previous games like Simon Kenton/duPont Manual and from the state volleyball tournament at ScottDavis.smugmug.com.)

article updated on 11/23/09 09:21

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