Back to the future in Bowling Green: The state football finals, which have been in Louisville since 1979, have relocated in Bowling Green for the next two years. This isn't the first time the championships have been contested at Western Kentucky University's L.T. Smith Stadium. They were also played there in 1975.
For Lone Oak Coach Jack Haskins, whose team faces Boyle County in the Class 4A title game Friday, this is a return trip. He coached Heath to the '75 finals at WKU. "We lost to Ludlow 7-6," Haskins said. "We had a two-point conversion and a touchdown called back."
Haskins, who has been coaching since 1968, is making his sixth trip to the finals. He was as an assistant at Paducah Tilghman when it was state runner-up three years in a row. He also led Lone Oak to the finals in 2007 when it lost to Lexington Catholic. "One of these years, maybe I'll get lucky and win one," he said.
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State finals (at WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium)
CLASS 4A — Boyle County (14-0) vs. Lone Oak (14-0), Noon: Rebels' Rees MacShara is 122 yards shy of rushing for 3,000 this season.
CLASS 2A — Fort Campbell (14-0) vs. DeSales (11-3), 4 p.m.: Antonio Andrews is 28-0 as Fort Campbell's starting QB the last two seasons.
CLASS 5A — Highlands (14-0) vs. John Hardin (14-0), 8 p.m.: Bluebirds, rated No. 6 in nation by USA Today, look for a three-peat.
CLASS 3A — Somerset (14-0) vs. Paducah Tilghman (8-6), Noon: Somerset hopes for its first state title after runner-up finishes in 1988, '83, '81 and '78.
CLASS A — Lexington Christian (13-1) vs. Mayfield (13-1), 4 p.m.: Mayfield is 7-7 in state title games. LCA was runner-up in 2007.
CLASS 6A — St. Xavier (13-1) vs. Trinity (10-4), 8 p.m.: The Shamrocks beat St. X in finals in 2007, '05 and '03.