High School Football

Trinity and St. Xavier will meet again

Trinity's Derek Bishop ran all over Scott County's Class 6A title hopes Friday night.

The Shamrocks running back set school records with 307 rushing yards and six touchdowns in Trinity's 42-13 victory over Scott County in the Class 6A playoff semifinals, eliminating the Cards and setting up another state title game between the Rocks and St. Xavier.

Bishop's 14-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter gave Trinity a 7-0 lead. After Josh Walls brought the Cardinals even with a 1-yard TD run on the next possession, Bishop ran off three straight scores, including a 66-yard romp with 2:36 left in the third quarter to give the Shamrocks a 28-7 lead.

Bishop's dominance on the ground took the pressure off of Trinity quarterback Brad Kragthorpe, who was 8-for-13 passing for 91 yards.

James Happy had the biggest offensive game for the Cardinals. The junior wide receiver caught seven passes for 110 yards and a touchdown late in the third quarter to pull Scott County within 28-13.

Bishop answered that score with two more of his own, including a 60-yarder on the next possession.

Trinity will play city rival St. Xavier for the state title next week in Bowling Green. The Tigers defeated the Shamrocks 32-7 last month at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Trinity, which lost three of its first five games to start the season, hasn't dropped a decision since the loss to St. Xavier loss, a winning streak of eight games.

St. X defeated Greenwood 28-6 on Friday night.

Trinity has won the last four state titles (beating the Tigers along the way in three of those post-seasons), and either the Rocks or St. Xavier have won every championship since 2000.

Class 5A

Highlands 52, Pulaski County 12: Senior running back Austin Collinsworth ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries to put the host Bluebirds back in the state title game.

Highlands built a 42-0 lead by halftime and the game was played with a running clock after a Bluebirds field goal early in the third quarter made it 45-0.

Both of Pulaski County's touchdowns came against Highlands' reserves. The Maroons lost quarterback Zach Eastham to injury early in the second quarter. They were already playing without Chris Muse, who started the year at quarterback before a season-ending knee injury in late August.

The Bluebirds will play for their third straight state title next week against John Hardin, which beat Bowling Green 28-21 on Friday. Both teams head into that game undefeated. The Bluebirds have won 27 straight games.

Class 2A

DeSales 33, Prestonsburg 28: Andrew Beeler ran for four touchdowns, the last one giving the Colts an 11-point fourth-quarter lead in a win over Prestonsburg at Southern High School in Louisville.

Michael Burchett threw four touchdown passes for the Blackcats, who were trying to reach the state title game for the first time since 2001.

"Their quarterback, Burchett, we knew he could throw it," DeSales Coach Mark Sander said. "He was outstanding. I can't believe we won, and we're going to play for a state championship. I guess I'm in awe right now."

The loss was the first of the season for Prestonsburg, which finished 13-1.

DeSales will play undefeated Class 2A favorite Fort Campbell in the state finals next week in Bowling Green. The Falcons, who have won the last two state championships, beat Monroe County 30-16 on Friday.

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