Burgoo: Dec. 8

It was bound to happen. A team with an admirable work ethic and loads of talent, a dedicated coaching staff and a head coach who is simply that good, and the Hazard Bulldogs were bound to win a state championship. It was only a matter of time. For the players and coaches, Friday's win over perennial powerhouse Mayfield High School will provide them with memories to treasure for the rest of their lives. In 2011, the Hazard Bulldogs are the best football team in Kentucky in their class, bar none. But for Eastern Kentucky, the Bulldogs' win illustrates that the wealth of Kentucky's talent in sports and beyond should not be measured exclusively from the central, more populated part of the state. More often than not it seems Eastern Kentucky is an isolated region in terms of identity. But that's OK. We hillbillies have been dealing with it for some time now. But one thing the Hazard Bulldogs proved last week: We hillbillies can sure play some ball, and as Kentuckians, not just Eastern Kentuckians, we're on par with the rest of the commonwealth.