High School Football

State football finals: At least one first-time champ will be crowned this weekend

Trinity's James Quick (17) celebrated a score in the Class 6A state title game against Pleasure Ridge Park on Dec. 1 in Bowling Green. Quick came back from a rib injury to score two times.
Trinity's James Quick (17) celebrated a score in the Class 6A state title game against Pleasure Ridge Park on Dec. 1 in Bowling Green. Quick came back from a rib injury to score two times. ASSOCIATED PRESS

It's supposed to be a rainy weekend in Bowling Green, but that shouldn't put a damper on the Russell Athletic/KHSAA state football finals.

Championship trophies have a shine to them no matter the weather.

The story lines this weekend include:

■ Highlands and Trinity, who share the state record with 22 championships each, are favored to add to their stashes. If Trinity wins, it will be Coach Bob Beatty's 11th title and tie the state record held by former Highlands Coach Dale Mueller.

■ Two of the finals are rematches from a year ago. Last December, Mayfield beat Williamsburg 42-0 for the Class A title, and DeSales outlasted Newport Central Catholic 34-26 for the 2A crown.

■ Eight of the 12 finalists have won state titles. The four schools that haven't are Dixie Heights, Graves County, Pulaski County and Williamsburg. The Graves County-Pulaski County matchup in 5A guarantees we'll have at least one first-time champion.

  Comments