HIKE: Dec. 3

December 3, 2010 

Boyle County and Jarrod Harrington will go for the school's seventh title. The Rebels are on a 29-game roll.

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF — Mark Cornelison

STATE FINALS

At WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium(All games EST)

FRIDAY

Class A

Mayfield vs. Hazard

Kickoff: Noon (EST) Cantrall ratings: Mayfield 81.4; Hazard 68.6

Records: Mayfield 14-0; Hazard 14-0

History lesson: Mayfield is a seven-time state champ, its last title coming in 2002. The Cardinals have been runners-up eight times. Hazard's only other appearance in the finals was a loss to Beechwood in 2008.

Big-game experience: Jitters should not be a concern for either team. Mayfield has a bunch of guys back who lost to Lexington Christian 55-19 in last year's title game. Cards' QB Luke Guhy threw 5 interceptions in that lopsided defeat. He and his teammates regard the return trip to Bowling Green as a redemption tour. Hazard's lineup includes a half-dozen players who started two years ago in the 14-7 championship loss to Beechwood. They include linemen Todd Whitson and Jeremy Kendrick, and tight end B.J. Combs. "Everything's not new this time," Coach Mark Dixon said. "The nerve-wracking fear isn't there, but it's still exciting."

Mayfield's leaders: Guhy has thrown for 2,916 yards and 36 TDs and been intercepted only twice. William Higginson, Javarius Richardson and Devin Jones each has more than 700 yards receiving and a combined 28 TD catches. Jonathon Jackson has rushed for 1,285 yards and 15 TDs. Richardson leads the defense with 6 interceptions.

Hazard's leaders: Dual-threat QB Jon Combs has passed for 3,553 yards and 48 TDs, and run for 576 yards and 9 TDs. Jordan Olinger and Austin Johnson have combined for 81 catches, 1,910 yards and 26 TDs. Zack Blanton has rushed for 950 yards and 15 TDs. Corey Slone, Blanton and Olinger lead the defense in tackles. Blanton also has 5 interceptions.

Key to victory: Hazard Coach Mark Dixon said Mayfield "is the most athletic team we've played in a number of years. They're really fast, very explosive and well-disciplined. We'll have to tackle in the open field really well. One missed tackle can mean they go 80 yards."

MAYFIELD (14-0)

Coach: Joe Morris

Marshall Co. W, 50-16

Trigg Co. W, 45-7

Paducah Tilghman W, 23-20

Calloway Co. W, 48-0

Graves Co. W, 43-18

Fulton Co. W, 75-6

Fulton City W, 51-6

Ballard Memorial W, 52-0

Crittenden Co. W, 38-19

Caldwell Co. W, 49-0

Playoffs

Caverna W, 63-14

Ballard Memorial W, 56-7

Lou. Holy Cross W, 59-14

Beechwood W, 38-14

HAZARD (14-0)

Coach: Mark Dixon

Leslie Co. W, 51-7

Letcher Central W, 48-34

Paris W, 54-13

Williamsburg W, 55-8

Corbin W, 35-28

Breathitt Co. W, 40-20

Harlan W, 50-20

Jenkins W, 57-0

Pineville W, 58-14

Clay Co. W, 41-20

Playoffs

Allen Central W, 64-6

Pineville W, 58-14

Pikeville W, 59-34

Lexington Christian W, 31-30


Class 2A

Owensboro Catholic vs. Newport Central Catholic

Kickoff: 4 p.m. (EST) Cantrall ratings: Owensboro Catholic 71.5; NewCath 81.1

Records: Owensboro Catholic 13-1; NewCath 12-2

History lesson: NewCath has won three titles (1984, 2005, 2006) and been runner-up six times. Owensboro Catholic has been runner-up three times (1997, 2004, 2005).

Run to glory: If the past is prologue, Owensboro Catholic may be in trouble. The pass-happy Aces made the finals in 2004 and '05, but fell to run-oriented Belfry and Russell in the title games. Belfry and Russell combined for 11 yards passing while the Aces aired it out to no avail. NewCath can throw the ball, but its bread-and-butter is its ground game. Owensboro Catholic fans can be encouraged by what they saw last week when their team demolished Danville 61-42. The Aces had more rushing yards (332) than passing yards (274).

Owensboro Catholic's leaders: QB Isaac Hardesty has thrown for 3,508 yards, 48 TDs and 12 interceptions. He's run for 442 yards and 4 TDs. Masden Riney and Brelin Dixon have 99 catches between them for 1,926 yards and 32 TDs. Russell Hayden has run for 1,555 yards and 19 TDs. Alex Thompson and Paul Lopez have more than 100 solo tackles apiece.

NewCath's leaders: QB Brady Hightchew has passed for 1,590 yards, 13 TDs and 4 picks, and he's run for more than 1,000 yards and 14 TDs. Brian Doyle, Jake Cain, Chris Kelley and Brennan Daunt have each had at least 22 catches for a combined 1,219 yards and 13 TDs. Kelley has rushed for 1,700 yards and 30 TDs. Doyle has 7 interceptions. Kelley leads the defense in tackles.

Key to victory: If NewCath dominates the line of scrimmage as it did in last week's 42-8 mashing of Corbin, the Thoroughbreds will be difficult to stop.

OWENSBORO CATH. (13-1)

Coach: John Edge

McLean Co. W, 49-6

Warren East W, 56-14

Owensboro L, 35-13

South Spencer, Ind. W, 63-21

Apollo W, 28-7

Henry Co. W, 49-13

Hancock Co. W, 37-20

Todd Central W, 61-14

Fort Campbell W, 34-0

Danville W, 38-16

Playoffs

Reidland W, 54-7

Caldwell Co. W, 43-14

Murray W, 29-22

Danville W, 61-42

NEWPORT CATHOLIC (12-2)

Coach: Eddie Eviston

Dixie Heights W, 44-6

Aiken, Ohio W, 44-6

Madison Central W, 45-3

Ryle L, 27-7

Campbell Co. W, 26-23

Covington Catholic W, 38-31

Newport W, 54-13

Cov. Holy Cross W, 28-14

Lloyd W, 56-7

Beechwood L, 40-39

Playoffs

Owen Co. W, 70-20

Lou. Christian W, 51-21

Cov. Holy Cross W, 56-21

Corbin W, 42-8


Class 4A

Allen County-Scottsville vs. Boyle County

Kickoff: 8 p.m. (EST) Cantrall ratings: Allen County-Scottsville 74.5; Boyle County 87.9

Records: Allen County-Scottsville 13-0; Boyle County 14-0

History lesson: Boyle County won five consecutive titles from 1999-2003 and added a sixth title last year. It was runner-up in 2004. This is Allen County-Scottsville's first finals.

Seeds of success: Boyle County's players, coaches, cheerleaders and pep band toured the county's three elementary schools Wednesday to let the young kids share in the football excitement. It's a tradition that has served Boyle County well. Little boys want to grow up to be Rebels and win. "It gets us in the door to meet young people and get them to want to be part of our football success," Coach Larry French said.

Allen County-Scottsville's leaders: The run-oriented Patriots are led by Brandon Boards (1,696 yards, 26 TDs) and Hunter York (1,417 yards, 21 TDs). QB Jacob Costello is more of a rushing threat (891 yards, 14 TDs) than passing (657 yards, 4 TDs). Seth Peay, Cory Foster and Costello lead the defense in tackles.

Boyle County's leaders: QB Devon Hale has thrown for 1,393 yards and 17 TDs, but the Rebels' ground game is the real force behind Devon Cox (1,469 yards, 17 TDs), Chris Cook (1,308 yards, 15 TDs) and Lamar Dawson (676 yards, 14 TDs). Dawson and Jarrod Harrington are the most effective receivers with 33 catches, 555 yards and 5 TDs between them. Dawson is a hammer on defense, with 150 solo tackles and 4 interceptions.

Key to victory: Boyle County's defense is exceptional against the run as it showed last week in holding Bell County to fewer than 80 yards rushing. That could be bad news for Allen County-Scottsville, which lives on the ground.

ALLEN CO.-SCOTTSVILLE (13-0)

Coach: Brad Hood

Butler Co. W, 64-7

McLean Co. W, 8-0

Glasgow W, 56-28

Greenwood W, 19-7

Westmoreland, Tenn.. W, 49-0

Warren East W, 56-13

Franklin-Simpson W, 49-28

Logan Co. W, 61-12

Russell Co. W, 50-33

Monroe Co. W, 24-14

Playoffs

Russell Co. W, 24-15

Lone Oak W, 35-28

Western W, 20-16

BOYLE COUNTY (14-0)

Coach: Larry French

Johnson Central W, 36-29

Franklin Co. W, 51-20

Corbin W, 42-10

Mercer Co. W, 63-14

Danville W, 28-7

Lafayette W, 40-0

Lexington Catholic W, 42-10

West Jessamine W, 45-6

East Jessamine W, 28-13

Christian Co. W, 49-33

Playoffs

Bourbon Co. W, 59-0

East Jessamine W, 56-11

Lexington Catholic W, 45-35

Bell County W, 25-21


SATURDAY

Class 3A

Belfry (10-4) vs. Central (8-6), noon: Pirates were state champs in 2003 and '04, but lost to Central in the '07 finals. Belfry's Philip Haywood is the winningest coach in the finals with 337 victories.

Class 5A

Christian County (12-2) vs. Highlands (13-1), 4 p.m.: Highlands, which beat the Colonels 35-15 in the 2008 finals, goes for its 20th title. Christian County might have an edge in athleticism and experience.

Class 6A

Male (11-3) vs. Trinity (13-1), 8 p.m.: When these teams met in the 2002 finals, Trinity won an epic 59-56 shootout. Don't expect anything like that this time around. Trinity should roll to its 20th state title.

Tickets: $15 and $10.

Parking: $8 and $5.

Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5

online

Blog: Mike Fields will provide live updates on all six games at http://fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service