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Unbeaten Boyle County tops Franklin County in overtime to capture Class 4A state championship

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter An incredible defensive effort on a fourth-down play in overtime denied Franklin County’s bid for the Class 4A state championship. Boyle County capped on undefeated season with a 31-28 overtime victory over upset-minded Franklin County in the Class 4A state championship contest at Kroger Field in Lexington on Friday night. Franklin County had a chance...

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...

Franklin County snaps Johnson Central 25-game win streak, advances to Class 4A state title contest

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The relentless, physical and disciplined brand of football played by Franklin County was on full display last Friday as the Flyers toughed out a 20-12 win at Johnson Central to advance to the program’s first state title game. Johnson Central (10-1) entered Friday as the defending Class 4A state champion with a 25-game winning streak, but Franklin County (9-1)...

Tough defense carries Bowling Green to 20-0 victory over defending Class 5A state champion CovCath

By Terry Boehmker 
KyForward sports reporter A disastrous offensive outing against Bowling Green on Friday night put an end to Covington Catholic’s bid for a fourth straight trip to the Class 5A state football final. The visiting Purples also denied CovCath a chance to repeat as Class 5A state champions. CovCath’s Ethan Reardon tries to catch a pass above Bowling Green safety Seth Rainville....

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...

Franklin County (8-1) faces defending state champion Johnson Central (10-0) in Class 4A semifinals

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter A 41-year drought ended on Saturday night when Franklin County posted a 48-14 win over Allen County-Scottsville to capture the school’s first regional championship since 1979. The Franklin County community is excited about a football program that is one win away from playing for a Class 4A state title. But to advance to Lexington, the Flyers (8-1) must go...

Runyon scores three TDs in fourth quarter, NewCath posts 42-21 victory at Louisville Holy Cross

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter A trio of Joey Runyon touchdowns in the fourth quarter ignited Newport Central Catholic’s 42-21 win at Louisville Holy Cross in the Class 1A region finals on Friday night. Runyon, a senior running back, rushed for 191 yards on 28 carries and tallied four touchdowns as the Thoroughbreds improved to 8-2. NewCath quarterback Malaki Herndon added 80 yards...

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...

Louisville Central (4-0) meets Franklin County (3-0) for district regular-season crown on Friday night

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter A pair of unbeaten teams will battle for the Class 4A District 4 regular-season crown on Friday night in Frankfort as Franklin County plays host to Louisville Central. Franklin County (3-0) is 14-1 since the beginning of the 2019 campaign, with its only loss coming in the postseason district finals against Central by a score of 18-7 in a game that Flyers fans...

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...

North Laurel dedicates game to fallen teammate, posts 47-14 win over crosstown rival South Laurel

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter Less than a week after a tragic accident took the life of a teammate and sidelined another, North Laurel easily defeated crosstown rival South Laurel, 47-14, in the First Priority Bowl game in London. North Laurel fell behind South Laurel early as the Cardinals scored three minutes into the game. But it was all Jaguars from there as North Laurel (2-1) scored...

Wayne County star rushing into school history this season, making case for Mr. Football honors

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The virus-altered 2020 high school football season is one that some will gladly forget, but there is a running back from Wayne County who is doing his part to etch his name among the elite in Kentucky. Braedon Sloan, who has already verbally committed to Eastern Kentucky University, is rewriting the record books for a Cardinals football program that is now...

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...

Defending state champion Johnson Central opens season with showdown at Bell County on Friday

By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward Johnson Central was perfect (15-0) a year ago, winning the Class 4A state championship. And Bell County nearly finished with an unbeaten record (14-1) as well, falling in the Class 3A state title game to Belfry. So when those two teams square off Friday night at Dudley Hilton Field in the season opener, one squad’s quest for perfection will come to an end in Week...

Keven Moore: The risks of high school football heat exhaustion — and what to do about it

As an old retired peewee football coach and 20-year fantasy football vet, it’s that time of year where many of us are just barely surviving on NASCAR races and MLB games, as we crave the start of the football season. I believe that men are physically and biologically drawn to this war-like sport because of our tribal embedded territorial, hunter and warrior-like instincts. Rivalries are all...

Mark Perry, former Wildcat player and coach, named Lexington Catholic football coach

Mark Perry has been named Lexington Catholic’s third head football coach in the program’s 23-season history.  Perry brings a wealth of experience to the football program and Lexington Catholic is extremely pleased to have him on board for the 2014 season.   Perry began his tenure as the Central Hardin head football coach in 2011.  Since then, the Bruins have excelled under his direction,...

KHSAA reschedules Saturday football games to account for weather problems around state

After reviewing all of the available data/information and the most educated predictions, the KHSAA is making schedule adjustments for the rest of the weekend, and changes to a few of the event instructions to help with this weekend’s weather situation. Though there are dozens of factors that went into the schedule revisions, the first and foremost concerns have been competitor safety, and the travel...