High School Football

Friday Night Lens: A season begins in Barbourville

Friday Night Lens, pt. 1: A trip to Barbourville for Ashland Blazer v. Knox Central

Throughout the 2019 season, Herald-Leader photographer Ryan C. Hermens will be capturing the relationship between community and high school football in Eastern and Central Kentucky. This week: Ashland Blazer v. Knox Central in Barbourville.
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Throughout the 2019 season, Herald-Leader photographer Ryan C. Hermens will be capturing the relationship between community and high school football in Eastern and Central Kentucky. This week: Ashland Blazer v. Knox Central in Barbourville.

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Exploring Kentucky with Friday Night Lens

Click below to view previous installments of visual journalist Ryan C. Hermens’ series looking at high school football and its impact on communities around Kentucky.


Throughout this fall, Herald-Leader visual journalist Ryan C. Hermens will be venturing around Kentucky to capture how high school football brings communities together.

Most recently, Ryan traveled to Barbourville to watch Ashland Blazer vs. Knox Central for the season opener on August 23. The Tomcats bested the Panthers 21-13.

Continue following this series in the Herald-Leader and on Kentucky.com.

This Friday, August 30, Ryan will visit Jackson for the South Laurel vs. Breathitt County matchup.

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Spectators watch the Knox Central High School Panthers take on Ashland Blazer in Barbourville in the Knox Central Alumni Bowl sponsored by Legacy Ford/Chevrolet on Friday, Aug. 23. Ashland Blazer won 21-13 during the opening weekend of high school football in Kentucky. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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The Knox Central cheerleaders perform before the start of the Alumni Bowl. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Evan Landrum, of Knox Central, prepares to take the field with his teammates. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Spectators listen as the national anthem is performed before the start of the game. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Raegan Jackson, 9, a fourth grader at Jesse D. Lay Elementary School, cheers with the Knox Central High School cheerleaders. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Knox Central’s Ethan Mills is tackled during the first quarter of last Friday’s game against Ashland Blazer. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Knox Central assistant coach Chaz Martin leads the Panthers in warmups before their game against Ashland Blazer. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Larkin Abner, of Knox Central, prepares to take the field before the start of the matchup against Ashland Blazer. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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The “KC Crazies,” Knox Central’s student section, cheers. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Fans watch the game from chairs and canopies set up along the track surrounding the field. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Annabelle Smith, 6, of Barbourville, cheers with the Knox Central cheerleaders during last Friday’s game against Ashland Blazer. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Knox Central assistant coach Jarrod Hargraves talks to the team before kickoff. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Members of the Knox Central pep band watch Friday’s game. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Fans watch first half action as Knox Central hosts Ashland Blazer. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Knox Central cheerleaders and spectators watch second half action Friday. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Knox County’s Andrew Sizemore waits with his teammates for the start of the matchup with Ashland Blazer. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com
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