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Friday Night Lens: “Friday nights in Pikeville in the fall are always just a special time”

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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 is venturing around Kentucky to capture how high school football brings communities together.

Most recently, as part of the ‘Friday Night Lens’ series, Ryan traveled to Pikeville to watch the Raceland Rams versus the Pikeville Panthers.

“Friday nights in Pikeville in the fall are always just a special time,” Jason Booher, Pikeville High school principal, said.

The Panthers defeated the Raceland 12-6.

Next up, Ryan will venture across the state, over 400 miles west of Pikeville, to Graves County for the county rivalry at Mayfield.

If you have suggestions for future destinations for Friday Night Lens, email Ryan at rhermens@herald-leader.com.

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Fans, cheerleaders and members of the band wait for the start of a high school football game between Raceland and Pikeville at the W.C. Hambley Athletic Complex in Pikeville, Ky., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. The Pikeville Panthers won, 12-6. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Jackson Wilkerson, left, and Gaige Conn, sit in Pikeville’s locker room moments before taking the field. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Dusk falls over Levisa Fork in Pikeville Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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The Panthers run drills before the game. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Members of the Pikeville student section cheer during the game Friday night. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Pikeville’s Brody Birchfield (13) tries to strip the ball from Raceland’s Seth Mills (5). Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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The Pikeville band performs during Friday’s game against Raceland. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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The population of Pikeville is around 7,000. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Pikeville won the game, 12-6. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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The Pikeville Panthers prepare for their game against Raceland Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Mountains rise above the W.C. Hambley Athletic Complex in Pikeville. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com

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Pikeville quarterback Isaac McNamee (8) passes the ball. Ryan C. Hermens rhermens@herald-leader.com
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