Football state finals: Class 5A preview

mfields@herald-leader.comNovember 30, 2012 

  • Results, Schedule

    At WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green (All times EST)

    Friday

    Class A: Mayfield 55, Fairview 8

    Class 3A: Central 12, Belfry 6 (OT)

    Class 4A: Highlands 47, Collins 0

    Saturday

    Class 2A: Caldwell Co. (11-3) vs. Newport Catholic (10-4), noon

    Class 5A: Bowling Green (14-0) vs. Cooper (13-1), 4 p.m.

    Class 6A: Pleasure Ridge Park (14-0) vs. Trinity (12-1), 8 p.m.

    Details

    Tickets: $17 and $10

    Parking: $8 and $5

    Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5

    Internet: Staff writer Mike Fields will be in Bowling Green on Saturday providing live coverage on Twitter @MikeFieldsNotes and on his blog at Kentucky.com.

    Video: Broadcasts of all the state finals games are available on iHigh.com on a same-day delayed basis. Each game can be viewed four hours after its scheduled kickoff time.

Bowling Green (14-0)

Coach: Kevin Wallace

2012 season

Allen Co.-Scottsville W, 45-0

Lafayette W, 42-20

St. Xavier W, 38-31

Henderson County W, 21-7

Owensboro W, 31-3

Barren County W, 58-0

Logan County W, 62-0

Warren Central W, 24-0

Greenwood W, 53-0

Lexington Catholic W, 35-21

Playoffs

Apollo W, 62-6

Christian County W, 31-17

Warren Central W, 35-21

John Hardin W, 14-13

Cooper (13-1)

Coach: Randy Borchers

2012 season

Ryle W, 35-6

Cov. Holy Cross W, 49-7

Boone County W, 10-0

Campbell County W, 27-16

Holmes W, 29-0

Scott W, 46-14

Conner L, 38-21

South Oldham W, 21-14

Grant County W, 42-6

Dixie Heights W, 36-13

Playoffs

Anderson County W, 48-0

South Oldham W, 49-28

Franklin County W, 40-27

Harlan County W, 17-7

CLASS 5A

Bowling Green vs. Cooper

Kickoff: 4 p.m. (EST)

Cantrall ratings: Bowling Green 92.6, Cooper 84.1

History lesson: Defending champion Bowling Green also won a state title in 1995. The Purples have been runners-up four times. Cooper, in its fifth year of existence, is in the finals for the first time.

Purples reign: Bowling Green, riding a 29-game winning streak, figures to be even better next year. The Purples are stacked with talented juniors.

Bowling Green leaders: Junior Devin Hayes has thrown for 2,544 yards and 38 TDs. Junior Nacarius Fant has set school records with 67 catches, 1,250 yards and 18 TDs. Junior Blue Tisdale has run for 1,025 yards and 17 TDs. Allen Gonsalves and Lincoln Quick are leading tacklers.

Cooper leaders: Senior quarterback Tyler Morris is a dual threat. He's passed for 1,685 yards and 18 TDs, and run for 795 yards and 14 TDs. A.J. Collins has rushed for 1,649 yards and 19 TDs. Aaron Morgan is the top receiver with 37 catches, 734 yards and seven TDs. Morgan leads the defense with seven interceptions. Dustin Mitchell and Avery Bricking are the leading tacklers.

Key to victory: It will be Cooper's muscle against Bowling Green's athleticism. Will strength or speed prevail?

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