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State football finals: Class 5A preview

Pulaski County's Riley Hall avoided Bowling Green's Ben Holt during last year's Class 5A state championship game. Pulaski County is back in the title game, facing Graves County this time.
Pulaski County's Riley Hall avoided Bowling Green's Ben Holt during last year's Class 5A state championship game. Pulaski County is back in the title game, facing Graves County this time. AP

Class 5A

Pulaski County vs. Graves County

Kickoff: 7 p.m. (EST) Friday

Cantrall ratings: Pulaski County 82.4; Graves County 78.6

Numbers game: Pulaski County is averaging 35.4 points per game and giving up 11.2. Graves is averaging 31.3 and giving up 15.7.

History lesson: This is Graves County's first trip to the finals. Pulaski made its first championship appearance last year and lost to Bowling Green 49-14.

Pulaski County leaders: Riley Hall, who missed five games with a broken collarbone, has thrown for 1,905 yards and 20 TDs. Jake Johnson has 73 catches for 1,197 yards and 11 TDs. George Gregory has 32 catches for 574 yards and seven TDs. Gregory has also run for 500 yards and eight TDs. Jaylon Conwell has rushed for 637 yards and 12 TDs. Rickey Maxey, Mason Helton and Christian Holman lead the defense in tackles.

Graves County leaders: Cody Crider has rushed for 2,566 yards and 31 TDs. Dylan Reed has thrown for 947 yards and 13 TDs. Joey Marshall has 23 catches for 452 yards and five TDs. Dionte Gray has 28 catches for 262 yards and eight TDs.

PULASKI COUNTY (12-2)

Coach: Johnny Hines

Corbin W, 39-13

Somerset W, 56-0

Russell County W, 41-6

Rockcastle County W, 61-14

Lincoln County W, 33-0

North Laurel W, 14-12

Madison Southern W, 35-0

South Laurel W, 56-20

Southwestern L, 14-0

Bowling Green L, 23-7

Playoffs

Harlan County W, 42-20

Letcher Central W, 55-12

Southwestern W, 24-16

Cooper W, 33-7

GRAVES COUNTY (11-3)

Coach: Lance Gregory

Franklin-Simpson L, 28-26

Murray W, 26-17

Paducah Tilghman L, 26-22

Mayfield L, 21-0

Apollo W, 55-20

McCracken County W, 28-21

Ohio County W, 48-7

Christian County W, 35-14

Hopkinsville W, 56-14

Marshall County W, 38-6

Playoffs

Barren County W, 56-13

Christian County W, 13-0

Bowling Green W, 7-0

John Hardin W, 28-23

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