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High school football: Highlights from Friday night's top playoff games

Friday night's Class 4A semifinals matchup between Owensboro and North Oldham was one to remember.

Jackson Wine kicked a 32-yard field goal with six seconds remaining to put North Oldham up 24-21, just two minutes after the Mustangs had tied the game on a 64-yard run by Arien Beasley.

Then things got unreal.

Owensboro quarterback Nick Locher heaved a Hail Mary about 50 yards from the Red Devils' 39 yard-line. The ball was tipped by a Mustang defender, then by an Owensboro receiver and into the hands of the Red Devils' Kishawn Walker.

He took it the rest of the way to the end zone, sending Owensboro to the Class 4A state championship with an unbelievable 27-24 win.

Video of the game-winning play quickly made the rounds on social media. You can check it out on YouTube by visiting this link: http://tinyurl.com/noowplay.

Class 6A

Trinity 48, Meade Co. 0: The Shamrocks (9-5) scored touchdowns on their first four possessions and advanced to their 13th title game in 15 years with their rout of the host Green Wave (11-3).

Dixie Heights 48, Ballard 21: Luke Zajac had 105 yards and three TDs as the Colonels had no trouble at home against the Bruins (10-4).

Dixie Heights (13-1) outgained Ballard 341-90, including 282 yards rushing. Fifty-one of Ballard's 90 yards came on its first drive of the game.

Class 5A

Graves Co. 28, John Hardin 23: After starting the season 1-3, the Eagles are headed to Bowling Green for their first shot at a state title.

Cody Crider led the effort for Graves (11-3), accumulating 184 total yards and scoring three TDs, including a 50-yard fumble recovery for a score that put the Eagles up 28-17 in the third quarter.

Robert Shorter scored his second TD of the night from seven yards out to get the Bulldogs (7-7) to within five with 1:07 left in the third, but neither team scored again.

John Hardin, which started the season 0-4 before winning seven of its last nine games, led 17-14 at halftime.

Pulaski Co. 33, Cooper 7: Last year's state runner-up gets a shot at redemption after rolling at home.

The Maroons (12-2) fell 49-14 to Bowling Green in the finals last season.

The Jaguars finished at 9-5.

Class 3A

Belfry 33, Russell 0: The Pirates (12-2) secured their fifth straight appearance in the state finals — and 11th overall — with their third shutout of the season.

Belfry held the Red Devils (11-3) to 102 total yards while managing 334 of their own.

Central 16, South Warren 14: The Yellowjackets forced four turnovers and recovered after giving up 14 points in the first quarter to advance to the championship game for the first time since 2012.

Central (10-4) faced off against Belfry in their previous finals appearance, edging the Pirates 12-6

Class 2A

DeSales 14, Murray 7: Frankie Tharp rushed for both TDs for the Colts (13-1) to send them to the finals. They'll meet Newport Central Catholic, 43-14 winners over Shelby Valley on Friday.

Class A

Mayfield 35, Beechwood 24: The Cardinals (13-1) advanced to their sixth straight title game by punishing the Tigers (11-3) early, then holding on for the win. Lane Kennemore intercepted a Beechwood pass to set up a TD run by Trajon Bright, then caught a 99-yard TD himself to put Mayfield up 14-0 with 3:01 in the first quarter.

Bright added a second TD in the second quarter to make it 21-3 in favor of the Cardinals. Kyle Fieger connected with Jeremy Burns for a 15-yard score to get Beechwood to within 21-10 at the break.

Ethan Stringer scored from 4 yards out following a Mayfield fumble to pull the Tigers to within 21-17, but four points would be the closest they'd get to the Cardinals for the rest of the game.

Williamsburg 34, Raceland 8: The Yellow Jackets (14-0) return to the state finals after falling to Mayfield 42-0 in last season's championship bout. Raceland lost to Williamsburg in the semifinals 34-7 last year. While this season they had the advantage of hosting the game, the Rams (11-3) didn't fare much better.

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