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State football finals: Class 3A preview

Central's Deris Cox (8) outran Belfry's Cameron Johnson for a touchdown. The Yellowjackets earned their third finals victory over Belfry since 2007.
Central's Deris Cox (8) outran Belfry's Cameron Johnson for a touchdown. The Yellowjackets earned their third finals victory over Belfry since 2007. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Class 3A

Belfry vs. Central

Kickoff: Noon (EST) Friday

Cantrall ratings: Belfry 75.2; Central 72.4

Numbers game: Belfry is averaging 34.7 points per game and giving up 12.3. Central is averaging 25.6 and giving up 19.0.

History lesson: Belfry is a three-time champion and seven-time runner-up. Central has five titles since 2007, including four wins over Belfry in the finals.

Belfry leaders: The Pirates lead 3A in rushing, averaging 324 yards a game. Austin Hatfield has 1,360 yards and 25 TDs. Keaton Taylor has 940 yards and nine TDs. Xondre Willis has 641 yards and 10 TDs. Belfry has thrown for 459 yards and four TDs. Dakota Stanley leads the defense in tackles.

Central leaders: Myron Norfleet has thrown for 1,097 yards and nine touchdowns. Kambrin Brown has 38 catches, 510 yards and six TDs. Clavon Armstrong has 26 catches, 376 yards and five TDs. Stevon Beason has rushed for 1,278 yards and 11 TDs, and has 21 catches for 231 yards and two TDs. Aaron Duncan leads the defense with 91 tackles.

BELFRY (12-2)

Coach: Philip Haywood

Henry Clay W, 29-7

Harlan County W, 38-20

Southwestern W, 28-7

Pikeville L, 29-20

Sheldon Clark W, 49-0

Gallia, Ohio W, 41-0

Knoxville Christian W, 31-7

Lawrence County W, 34-19

Pike Central W, 43-14

Johnson Central L, 35-0

Playoffs

Jackson County W, 49-6

Pike Central W, 43-14

Lawrence County W, 48-14

Russell W, 33-0

CENTRAL (10-4)

Coach: Ty Scroggins

Manual L, 41-7

Lafayette L, 28-14

Eastern W, 38-0

Doss W, 35-8

Western W, 26-20

St. Xavier L, 46-6

Elizabethtown W, 41-13

Henry County W, 20-0

LaRue County W, 43-7

Pleasure Ridge Park L, 42-7

Playoffs

Casey County W, 48-7

Bell County W, 21-7

Corbin W, 36-33

South Warren W, 16-14

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