Tim Phillips and the Trinity Shamrocks got embarrassed by St. Xavier two months ago.
Phillips and the Rocks didn't waste any time delivering the payback Friday night.
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Phillips ran for 134 of his 190 yards in the first half and No. 2 Trinity built a huge lead and held on to beat top-ranked St. Xavier 28-21 in the semifinals of the Class 6A playoffs.
St. Xavier beat the Shamrocks 30-6 in their regular-season meeting on Oct. 3. This time, Trinity jumped out to a 21-0 lead and led 28-7 at halftime.
Phillips, a senior running back, was a big reason for that.
The Trinity standout ran for a 1-yard touchdown to put the Rocks ahead 7-0, a 10-yard touchdown to put them up 21-0, and scampered 79 yards to score what proved to be the winning touchdown and send Trinity to halftime with a 28-7 lead.
In all, Phillips ran 22 times for 190 yards and three scores.
St. X quarterback Matt Brutcher added a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown in the third quarter, but the Tigers couldn't find the end zone again.
Deuce Finch, the Tigers' senior running back who was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year Thursday, was held to 81 yards and no touchdowns on 19 carries.
Trinity advances to the state championship game for the fourth year in a row. The Shamrocks will meet playoff surprise Simon Kenton Saturday in Louisville. A win in that game would give Trinity its 20th state championship, which would extend a state record.
Simon Kenton 28, Male 10: The Pioneers ran for 315 yards and their defense held host Male in check the entire night for an upset in the Class 6A semifinals.
Junior running back Miles Simpson ran 17 times for 166 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Simon Kenton rushing attack. Simpson also completed a 21-yard pass.
Sophomore quarterback Chad Lawrence did his best to keep up with 18 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown. Lawrence was on the receiving end of Simpson's 21-yard pass.
The Bulldogs didn't near either Simon Kenton player's total. male gained just 78 yards on the ground to go with 169 passing and never found the ned zone after O.J. Bell's 10-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.
Bell County 17, Boyle County 15: Bobcats senior Shawnta Zachery did his part on both sides of the ball, and Bell County held on to stay undefeated and hand the visiting Rebels their first loss of the season.
Zachery completed 15 of 24 passes for 162 yards and added a 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Bobcats (14-0) a 14-9 lead in the third quarter.
The senior followed that by snagging an interception with two seconds left in the game to stall Boyle County's last-ditch comeback attempt at the Bobcats 8-yard-line.
Rebels quarterback Phillip Mason was 17-for-31 passing for 165 yards and two touchdowns. His 34-yard touchdown pass to Rees MacShara tied the game at 7-all in the second quarter.
The Rebels (13-1) followed with a safety that game them a 9-7 advantage, their first and only lead of the night.
Zachery's run gave the lead back to the Bobcats, and a Monte Merrick field goal made it 17-7 in the fourth quarter.
Mason answered by finding Ben Dawson for a 10-yard touchdown to cut it to 17-15 with 6:10 remaining, but a pass attempt failed on the two-point conversion and the Bobcats held on to their two-point lead.
Bell County will now put its undefeated season on the line against Bullitt East, which beat Calloway County 52-49 in the other Class 4A semifinal game Friday night.
The Bobcats will be favored over the Chargers (9-5) Saturday afternoon in Louisville.
Breathitt County 14, Belfry 12: Channing Fugate topped 200 yards and ran for both of his team's touchdowns to send the visiting Bobcats to the state championship game.
Fugate ran 18 times for 205 yards and the two scores, both in the first half. He started the scoring with an 81-yard run in the first quarter to put Breathitt County up 7-0.
After Belfry's Ivan Lee kicked a field goal, Fugate punched in a touchdown from 18 yards out and the Bobcats went into halftime with a 14-3 advantage.
Breathitt County (12-2) didn't score in the second half, but it wouldn't matter. Lee made it 14-10 with a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter, and Belfry (13-1) got two more points when its special teams blocked a punt out of the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety.
But that was as close as the Pirates would get.
Breathitt County, which was the underdog going into the game, will face Central next Friday in Louisville.
Central will be going for its second straight state title. The Yellowjackets defeated Belfry 27-17 in last season's championship game.
Newport Central Catholic 26, Corbin 7: Mark Kelly and Rob Kues both topped 100 yards rushing and the visiting Thoroughbreds handed Corbin its first loss of the season.
Kelly ran 21 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns and Kues had 13 carries for 105 yards. Kues also threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jake Cain in the fourth quarter.
The game was tied 7-all at halftime, but the Thoroughbreds busted it open with 19 unanswered points in the second half. Chris and Mark Kelly both ran for touchdowns in the third quarter, and Kues added his touchdown toss in the fourth for the final score of the night.
Lance Freeman completed 15 of 25 passes for 157 yards for host Corbin (13-1). Freeman also had a rushing touchdown.
NewCath (13-1) will face Fort Campbell Saturday morning in a rematch of last year's state championship game. The Falcons won that matchup 21-7.
Fort Campbell 34, Monroe County 18: Antonio Andrews scored two touchdowns in the first half and visiting Fort Campbell exploded in the second half to defeat Monroe County and advance to the state finals.
Tanner Kendall's 77-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave Monroe County an early 7-0 lead. Fort Campbell (13-1) made it 7-6, but Kendall came right back with a 45-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Justin Harlan. Fort Campbell then scored again to make it 14-12 heading into halftime.
Monroe County took an 18-14 lead early in the third quarter, but it was all Fort Campbell from there on.
Troy Turner had touchdown runs of 51 and 44 yards to bookend J.D. Ervin's 23-yard touchdown run and send Fort Campbell to another state title game.
Beechwood 34, Crittenden County 0: The Tigers (13-1) beat visiting Crittenden County (10-4) to advance to the Class A championship game for the 13th time.
The defending champs will be a heavy favorite to win their 11th title when they face Hazard in Louisville next Friday.
Senior running back Nieco Teipel ran 26 times for 178 yards and four touchdowns.
"We came out and ran the ball down their throats," Teipel told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "You have to give it up to our front five. This whole season, they've done what they need to do. It's all on them."