High School Football

Hike: Your guide to the KHSAA state football finals

Scott County's Pat MUrray pulled in a 42 yd pass from Ben Lawler in the second quarter to set up a touchdown as Scott county played Boone County  on  Friday November 25, 2011 in Georgetown, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Scott County's Pat MUrray pulled in a 42 yd pass from Ben Lawler in the second quarter to set up a touchdown as Scott county played Boone County on Friday November 25, 2011 in Georgetown, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

STATE FINALS

At WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium(All times EST)

Friday

CLASS A

Hazard vs. Mayfield

Kickoff: Noon (EST)

Records: Hazard 11-2; Mayfield 14-0.

Cantrall ratings: Hazard 69.3; Mayfield 81.7

History lesson: Mayfield has eight titles, including a 47-6 rout of Hazard in last year's finals, and eight runner-up finishes. Hazard has been runner-up twice in three years.

Third time a charm? Hazard lost to Beechwood 14-7 in the 2008 finals, and to Mayfield last year. Bulldogs Coach Mark Dixon said the state championship game is now a tangible goal for his players. "A lot of coaches and teams talk about getting to the championship game, but we've done it three times and got a taste of it. Now when the players work in the off-season, that's their goal. They know what it takes to get there."

Hazard's leaders: Evan Whitaker has passed for 2,284 yards, 28 TDs, 5 interceptions. Top receivers are Jordan Olinger (37 catches, 828 yards, 12 TDs), B.J. Combs (30 catches, 732 yards, 8 TDs) and Austin Johnson (31 catches, 677 yards, 6 TDs). Zack Blanton has rushed for 1,215 yards, 13 TDs. Combs leads the defense with 118 tackles. Nathan Higgins has 5 interceptions.

Mayfield's leaders: The Cardinals' state-best 29-game winning streak is built on a balanced offense and swarming defense. Jake Guhy has thrown for 2,129 yards, 23 TDs, 6 picks. Top receivers are William Higginson (37 catches, 630 yards, 6 TDs) and Louis Love (36 catches, 610 yards, 8 TDs). Jonathan Jackson has run for 1,462 yards, 18 TDs. Jackson also stars on defense with 148 tackles and 5 picks, including 2 he's run back for TDs. Mayfield has given up only 91 points in 14 games.

Key to victory: Mayfield's speed and athleticism overwhelmed Hazard last December. Hazard has to find a way to better deal with that this time around.

Hazard (11-2)

Coach: Mark Dixon

Clintwood, Va. W, 32-7

Somerset L, 14-0

LCA W, 43-7

Breathitt Co. L, 35-34

Prestonsburg W, 35-12

Harlan W, 38-13

Jenkins W, 68-15

Pineville W, 63-14

Sheldon Clark W, 46-22

Playoffs

Lynn Camp W, 63-6

Campbellsville W, 55-21

Williamsburg W, 28-0

Pikeville W, 57-35

Mayfield (14-0)

Coach: Joe Morris

Greenwood W, 20-6

Evansville, Ind. Harrison W, 59-14

Paducah Tilghman W, 24-6

Murray W, 35-7

Graves Co. W, 21-7

Marshall Co. W, 31-0

Fulton City W, 57-6

Fulton Co. W, 50-2

Russellville W, 42-0

Caldwell Co. W, 62-14

Playoffs

Caverna W, 65-8

Ky. Country Day W, 53-7

Lou. Holy Cross W, 44-0

Beechwood W, 19-14


CLASS 2A

Glasgow vs.Covington Holy Cross

Kickoff: 4 p.m. (EST)

Records: Glasgow 14-0; Holy Cross 11-3

Cantrall ratings: Glasgow 75.8; Holy Cross 75.8

History lesson: Glasgow is a three-time state runner-up (2000, 1999, 1982). This is the first finals for Holy Cross.

Indians' chief: It would be an understatement to say QB Kyle Fuller controls the Holy Cross offense. He's run the ball 200 times and thrown it 264 times for a combined 3,852 yards and 47 TDs, well over half the team totals of 5,995 yards and 85 TDs.

Glasgow's leaders: Parker Cash has passed for 1,008 yards, 10 TDs, and run for 689 yards, 10 TDs. Jalen Sublett has rushed for 2,172 yards, 27 TDs. Lajuan Smith and Hunter Bowles (a tight end who has commited to Louisville) have combined for 45 catches, 900 yards, 8 TDs. Coach Rick Wood loves his team's attitude. "Every now and then you have a talented senior class like this that buys into the preparation aspect of it. They love to play Friday nights but they love to practice Tuesdays, too."

Holy Cross's leaders: Kyle Fuller has thrown for 2,509 yards, 32 TDs, 14 interceptions, and has run for 1,343 yards, 15 TDs. Eric Walker has 69 catches, 1,242 yards, 18 TDs. Jalen Beal has 47 catches, 789 yards, 7 TDs, and has rushed for 541 yards, 13 TDs. Beal also has 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. Paul Lampone leads the defense with 122 tackles. The Indians stamped themselves for real by beating defending champ Newport Central Catholic in the quarterfinals.

Key to victory: For Glasgow to top off what Wood calls a "dream season," it must slow down Fuller, who does so many things for Holy Cross. "He's unbelievable," Wood said. "He runs it, he throws it, he plays defense, kicks and punts. He's not only a great athlete, he's a real football player."

Glasgow (14-0)

Coach: Rick Wood

Todd Central W, 7-0

Bullitt Central W, 34-0

Barren Co. W, 55-7

Allen Co.-Scottsville W, 14-0

Monroe Co. W, 49-28

Somerset W, 14-7

Clinton Co. W, 55--0

Green Co. W, 28-14

Metcalfe Co. W, 57-6

Elizabethtown W, 62-7

Playoffs

Washington Co. W, 63-6

Bardstown W, 15-9

Lou. Christian W, 21-0

Murray W, 40-10

Cov. Holy Cross (11-3)

Coach: Bruce Kozerski

Dayton W, 65-13

Cooper W, 19-10

Conner L, 41-20

Beechwood L, 69-20

Oldham Co. W, 34--7

Lloyd W, 53-14

Newport W, 53-13

Bishop Brossart W, 69-13

Newport Catholic L, 31-14

Holmes W, 41-0

Playoffs

Carroll Co. W, 68-0

Owen Co. W, 45-0

Newport Catholic W, 24-21

Somerset W, 48-14


CLASS 6A

Scott County vs. Trinity

Kickoff: 8 p.m. (EST)

Records: Scott County 14-0; Trinity 13-0

Cantrall ratings: Scott County 89.4; Trinity 99.9

History lesson: Scott County won a 2A title in 1975 and was 4A runner-up in 2004. Trinity has been in the finals 24 times and won 20 titles, including eight in the last 10 years under Bob Beatty.

Fundamentals: Since the season began Beatty has said Trinity's success would depend a lot on its offensive line. The Rocks' senior front, led by John Heile, Joey Warburg and Tyler English, has been outstanding. "It's the oldest cliche in football. If you can run the ball, it takes care of a lot of things. But hey, if you can stop the run, you'll do pretty good, too. Football never changes. It's about blocking and tackling, and may the best man win."

Scott County's leaders: The Cardinals' Wing-T running game spreads the yards among Dierrius Dumphord (1,148 yards, 19 TDs), Josh Walls (777 yards, 14 TDs), Kevo Edwards (620 yards, 7 TDs), and Ben Lawler (432 yards, 12 TDs.) Lawler's passing (1,416 yards, 15 TDs) complements the ground attack. His primary target is Scott Daniel (46 catches, 923 yards, 8 TDs). Avery Ford leads Scott County's defense with 6 picks and 2 fumble recoveries. He's among leading tacklers with J.T. True and John Scott.

Trinity's leaders: Travis Wright has passed for 2,713 yards, 35 TDs, 2 picks. James Quick has 74 catches, 1,290 yards, 19 TDs. Dayln Dawkins has run for 1,748 yards, 28 TDs. Ryan White is a dangerous kick returner. White, Daeshawn Bertram, Hunter Brewer and Adam Reynolds are among leading tacklers. Trinity's defense has allowed only 95 points this season.

Key to victory: Scott County, which has never trailed this season, is used to jumping on opponents early. The Cards can't afford to let Trinity turn the tables on them and build a big early lead.

Scott County (14-0)

Coach: Jim McKee

Seneca W, 45-6

Webster Co. W, 55-6

Harrison Co. W, 52-0

Madison Central W, 35-6

Tates Creek W, 55-8

Clark Co. W, 48-6

Henry Clay W, 48-7

Bryan Station W, 41-13

Paul Dunbar W, 55-6

Simon Kenton W, 41-0

Playoffs

Oldham Co. W, 56-16

Ballard W, 49-35

Eastern W, 52-14

Boone Co. W, 16-14

Trinity (13-0)

Coach: Bob Beatty

Brentwood, Tenn. W, 45-7

Montgomery Bell, Tenn. W, 66-21

Cincinnati Elder W, 56-7

Cincinnati St. Xavier W, 17-7

Indianapolis Cathedral W, 36-14

St. Xavier W, 41-6

Manual W, 58-7

Male W, 49-0

Cincinnati Moeller W, 49-14

Playoffs

Simon Kenton W, 72-0

Manual W, 55-0

St. Xavier W, 42-6

Butler W, 49-6


Saturday

CLASS 3A

Belfry (13-1) vs. Central (11-3), noon: Central has won three titles in four years, including two championship victories over the Pirates — 27-17 in 2007 and 46-7 last December. Belfry won titles in 2003 and 2004.

CLASS 4A

Highlands (14-0) vs. Franklin-Simpson (13-1), 4 p.m.: Four-time defending 5A champ Bluebirds, new to 4A, seek 21st title overall. One of those titles came against Franklin-Simpson in 1982 3A finals. The Wildcats won championships in 1979 and 1980 when Joker Phillips was one of their stars.

CLASS 5A

Anderson County (12-2) vs. Bowling Green (14-0), 8 p.m.: Bearcats make first trip to finals where they face a Bowling Green team that had a jaw-dropping 62-20 rout of John Hardin last week. Purples are looking for their first title since 1995.

Notes

Winning state titles is nothing new to several schools and coaches in this weekend's finals.

Eight of the 12 teams have combined for 56 state championships, led by Highlands (20) and Trinity (20), followed by Mayfield (8), Belfry (2), Central (2), Franklin-Simpson (2), Bowling Green (1) and Scott County (1).

Five of the participating coaches have combined to win 23 titles, led by Highlands' Dale Mueller (9) and Trinity's Bob Beatty (8), followed by Belfry's Philip Haywood (2), Mayfield's Joe Morris (2) and Central's Ty Scroggins (2).

Details

Tickets: $17 and $10

Parking: $8 and $5

Radio: WVLK-FM 101.5

Internet: Live blog by Mike Fields on Kentucky.com. Live video broadcasts of all games on iHigh.com.

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