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Beechwood works overtime, pulls out 24-23 win over Lexington Christian in Class 2A state title game

Beechwood players and coaches pose for photos after capturing the program’s 15th state championship, a 24-23 overtime victory against Lexington Christian. (Photo by Dale Dawn) By Don Owen KyForward sports editor LEXINGTON — While competing at the Class 1A level, Beechwood won 14 state championships and established itself as one of Kentucky’s most dominant football programs. Many wondered...

Top-ranked Lexington Christian (9-1) focused on talented Murray (8-3) in Class 2A state semifinals

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter Lexington Christian is one victory away from advancing to the Class 2A state championship game, but Eagles head coach Doug Charles isn’t looking past Friday night’s opponent — the Murray Tigers. “Murray is a storied program from Western Kentucky,” Charles said. “They are a big, physical team who likes to bully their opponents by controlling the...

Top-ranked Lexington Christian prepares for Metcalfe County in Class 2A state quarterfinals on Friday night

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter A hot start and timely defensive stops in the second half enabled Lexington Christian to knock off defending Class 2A state champion Somerset by a 42-35 score for the district title last week. Now, the top-ranked Eagles (8-1) will face Metcalfe County (6-2) in the regional championship game on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., but the game will be played...

Lexington Christian, Bryan Station coaches honored by KFCA; North Hardin standout Wright earns award

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The Kentucky Football Coaches Association has released its district players and coaches of the year award winners, and the list is loaded with talent. There were 94 selections made of the 96 spots available (one coach and player per district) as only coaches who are dues-paying members of the KFCA were allowed to vote. The awards are based on regular-season...

Lexington Christian (7-1) faces defending Class 2A state champion Somerset (6-2) in playoff showdown

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The question for Lexington Christian is simple, but the answer will be anything but easy. Can Lexington Christian knock off defending Class 2A state champion Somerset for a second time this season when the two teams meet Friday night in Lexington? The Eagles (7-1) defeated the Briar Jumpers (6-2) by a score of 28-21 in the regular-season meeting for the right...

Lexington Christian knocks off Pikeville, 35-13, in dream matchup of top-ranked football teams

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The nightmarish pandemic caused a dream matchup on the football field Friday night as the top-ranked team in Class 2A (Lexington Christian) squared off against the state’s No. 1 squad in Class 1A (Pikeville). When it ended, Lexington Christian owned a 35-13 win over visiting Pikeville in a game that would have never been scheduled without the unprecedented...

Frederick Douglass to meet Lexington Christian in mythical city championship showdown on Friday

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter An improbable meeting between Frederick Douglass and Lexington Christian is set to take place on Friday for what many are hailing as the mythical city championship in Lexington. A tweet by William Warfield on the PrepSpin Twitter account on Oct. 1 saying he would love to see the “dream match” was a precursor to the game finally being scheduled — thanks...

Prep football notebook: Lexington Christian stuns LexCath in thriller; Pikeville wins showdown with Belfry

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The 2020 version of the gridiron Holy War in Lexington was a hard-fought battle between two outstanding programs and was decided by a last-second field goal Friday night. Lexington Christian kicker Andrew Dobbs drilled a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles a 23-20 win at Lexington Catholic. The Eagles (2-0) rallied from a 20-7 deficit in the...

Lexington Catholic squares off against Lexington Christian on Friday night for city bragging rights

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter High school football in Kentucky began last week with a bevy of great games. Week 2 is also loaded with numerous marquee matchups on Friday, including the “Holy War” at 7:30 p.m., when Lexington Catholic plays host to Lexington Christian at Joseph K. Ford Stadium. Lexington Christian (1-0) is coming off an impressive 24-20 win on the road at Louisville...

Motivated, talented and experienced, Lexington Christian focuses on Class 2A state championship

(KyForward is previewing the upcoming football season for many high school programs in Central Kentucky. The season is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.) By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward Somerset captured the Class 2A state championship last season, but the Briar Jumpers nearly didn’t make it out of the second round of the playoffs. Just ask the players and coaches at Lexington Christian Academy. Lexington...