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The high school football championship games are all set. Here is a look back at semifinal action.
Fairview rolled up 460 rushing yards and rocked Hazard 40-6. Elijah King led the way with 183 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Brewer also went over 100 rushing yards, finishing with 120 yards on 22 carries. The Eagles won the game without attempting a pass. Brandon Jones scored the lone Hazard TD and finished with 80 yards.
Fairview will face Mayfield. The Cardinals knocked off Beechwood for the second straight year, earning a 35-14 victory. Jonathon Jackson was the workhorse for Mayfield. The senior running back carried the ball 33 times for 248 yards and three touchdowns.
Mac Franzen rushed for 127 yards on just eight carries, and caught eight passes for 127 yards, as Newport Central Catholic knocked off Somerset 27-18. Franzen scored both a rushing and receiving touchdown Thoroughbreds quarterback Josh Cain threw for 171 yards and a touchdown.
Newport Central Catholic will face Caldwell County, a 43-31 victor over DeSales. Jaylen Boyd carried the ball 30 times, and finished with 289 yards and four touchdowns for the victorious Tigers.
Belfry will get a third shot at Louisville Central in a rematch of the 2010 and 2011 3A final.
The Pirates flat ran over Bourbon County. Belfry amassed 357 rushing yards, with two backs over the century mark in a 35-10 win. Austin Hatfield carried the ball 19 times, finishing with 134 yards and a touchdown. Trinity Carr ran for 116 yards and a pair of TDs on 13 carries. The Pirate defense held Bourbon County star running back Kentavious Hopkins in check and limited the Colonels to just 77 rushing yards on the night.
Central advanced to the championship game for the third straight year with an 18-13 victory over Monroe County. Stevon Beason led the Yellowjacket effort with a 138-yard rushing night and one touchdown.
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The Bluebirds earned their sixth straight trip to the title game with a 61-28 thumping of Lexington Catholic. Donovan McCoy completed 9-of-16 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown, but did most of the damage with his legs. The senior rushed 25 times for 220 yards and three TDs. Higlands piled up 640 total yards, 467 on the ground. Zach Harris also scored three rushing touchdowns, finishing with 110 yards. Colin Seidl only carried six times, but still managed 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Marcelis Logan scored twice for the Knights and picked up 70 yards on the ground. Lexington Catholic quarterback Reese Ryan managed only 137 passing yards, no touchdown passes and threw one pick.
Collins will try to keep Highlands from earning a sixth straight title. The 3-year-old school in Shelby County earned a berth in the title game with a 58-7 victory over formerly unbeaten Warren East. Quarterback Lawson Page threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
Cooper's defense held Harlan County to just a single touchdown and scored just enough to pull out a 17-7 victory. The Black Bears managed 226 rushing yards, but couldn't find the end zone after the first quarter. The Harlan Defense held Cooper to under 200 total yards, but a TD pass and rushing touchdown by Jaguar quarterback Tyler Morris sufficed for the victory.
Cooper will face undefeated, No. 1 Bowling Green, a 14-13 winner over John Hardin.
Scott County very nearly upset perennial power Trinity. The Cardinals led 14-0 in the fourth quarter, but the Shamrocks scored 21 points in the final eight minutes to avoid a stunning end to their season. Trinity quarterback Travis Wright took his team on his shoulders, throwing two touchdown passes and running one in. The senior QB finished with 231 yards. Dierres Dumphord rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown for Scott County. The Cardinals got their other score on a pick-six by Patrick Murry.
Trinity will face undefeated Pleasure Ridge Park. The Panthers were a 61- 21 winner over Eastern. Spencer Sumpter threw for 366 yards and six touchdowns for PRP. Taywan Taylor was his favorite target, hauling in 10 balls for 204 yards and four touchdowns.
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