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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...

Battle-tested Beechwood meets top-ranked Lexington Christian for Class 2A state championship on Friday

By Don Owen KyForward sports editor Start by combining a rugged schedule with talented football players. Add an accomplished coaching staff to those ingredients, and the final result is a championship-caliber team. Those elements will be on full display Friday when Beechwood takes on Lexington Christian for the Class 2A state championship. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at Kroger Field in...

UK Athletics cutting expenses after projected $35 million decline in revenues due to pandemic

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart provided a budget update on Monday that continues to place student-athletes first in the face of a projected decline in net revenues of nearly $35 million in 2020-21 because of COVID-19. “The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have presented a historic budget challenge,” Barnhart told members of the...

Beechwood survives furious West Carter rally, pulls out 35-34 road win in Class 2A state semifinals

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter Beechwood’s Cameron Hergott has emerged as one of the state’s top quarterbacks this season, both passing and running the football. Hergott combined those two skills Friday night late in the fourth quarter as the Tigers pulled out a wild 35-34 win over upset-minded West Carter at Blankenship Field in Olive Hill. Cameron Hergott led Beechwood to a...

UK looks to send seniors out in style during home finale against South Carolina on Saturday night

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Kentucky’s football senior class will play its final home game on Saturday night when the Cats host South Carolina at Kroger Field. The 2020 seniors have played a huge role in building the program to a high level during their time in Lexington. Counting this and the previous three, Kentucky has won 28 games in a four-year span. The Cats have been to three...

Struggles continue for Kentucky offense during 14-3 loss to No. 5 Georgia on Saturday afternoon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take much offense for Georgia to defeat Kentucky on Saturday. The fifth-ranked Bulldogs (4-1) opened with a touchdown and began the second half with a TD, giving coach Kirby Smart’s squad all they needed in a 14-3 victory. Georgia notched its 11th consecutive victory over the Wildcats in the series between the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division foes. Kentucky...

Stoops anticipates Gatewood ‘playing well’ in first start as UK quarterback against No. 5 Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops is expecting good things from Joey Gatewood when he makes his first start at quarterback against No. 5 Georgia on Saturday. The Auburn transfer saw action in Kentucky’s 20-10 disappointing loss to Missouri last week and has been called on to start in absence of starter Terry Wilson, who injured his wrist against the Tigers. “Joey’s...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK Dance Team members now cheerleaders for Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts

Two former members of the University of Kentucky Dance Team – Savannah Guzman and Brooklynn Mitchell – are still cheering like crazy. After four years of cheering the Wildcats, the UK graduates recently have been selected as an NFL cheerleader. Guzman is now with the Atlanta Falcons, while Mitchell is with the Indianapolis Colts. Guzman – who is from London, Ky., where she was a cheerleader at...

UK to allow 12,000 fans at Kroger Field for home games during 2020 season with multiple restrictions

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Fans will be allowed at Kroger Field this season as capacity is expected to be at 20 percent the school announced this week. The changes would result in a game attendance of 12,000 based on the current seating in the stadium. The fans also will be required to wear masks. Suite and Lexus Loge will be limited to a maximum of 10 persons or 20 percent, whichever is greater....

Jamie Vaught: UK home game against Mississippi State — and head coach Mike Leach — should be fun

Unlike last season, when Kentucky featured three glamour football schools – Florida, Tennessee and Louisville – at Kroger Field, the 2020 Wildcats will see their seven-game home schedule somewhat lacking in the allure department. Since Kentucky will face the Gators, the Volunteers and the Cardinals on the road this time, UK’s most attractive opponents at home are South Carolina (Sept. 26),...

UK season opener against Eastern Michigan moved to a Thursday to avoid conflict with Kentucky Derby

University of Kentucky football will return a bit earlier than expected this fall, breaking out of the starting gate first on a holiday weekend that also includes the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby. UK’s season opener against Eastern Michigan, originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5, has now been moved to Thursday, Sept. 3, at Kroger Field, athletics director Mitch Barnhart announced...

Calipari: UK basketball players to be in ‘pretty good bubble’ upon return to campus in June

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari expects things to be different, much different, when players return to campus for voluntary workouts in less than two weeks. The Southeastern Conference paved the way for players to return to campus on June 8. It will mark the first time students have been allowed on campus since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the SEC...

Mark Stoops, Wildcats have no plans to change their routine going into final two weeks of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t change its routine going into the final two weeks of the regular season. 
”It’s much the same,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “Get back to us, get back to having a great week of preparation, continue to work and improve and just to see how good we can be and how much we can improve.” 
The Wildcats (5-5,...

Just two games away from bowl eligibility, Stoops, Cats taking rest of the season one game at a time

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is two wins away from becoming bowl eligible with four games remaining. Instead of looking at the big picture, Mark Stoops is taking it one week at a time. “We look at it as the last stretch here with the four games and we’re worried about going 1-0, that is the big message for us,” the Kentucky coach said. “Let’s put everything...

Lynn Bowden’s rain dance leads Kentucky to 29-7 victory of Missouri in wet one at Kroger Field

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Not even a driving rainstorm could stop Lynn Bowden Jr.

 The Kentucky junior quarterback rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 29-7 victory over Saturday night. Bowden’s performance was impressive considering a steady rain that soaked  Kroger Field. 
 “What can you say about Lynn?” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “Amazing....

Kentucky expecting another close encounter with Missouri as Tigers make return to Kroger Field

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Anytime Kentucky and Missouri meet on the gridiron it’s sure to be a close contest. It’s happened the last two times the two Southeastern Conference rivals have met, including last season when Terry Wilson’s last-minute touchdown pass to C.J. Conrad gave the Wildcats a 15-14 victory over the Tigers in Columbia. In a previous meeting two years ago in Lexington, Kentucky...

Grammy Award winner, Ky. native Chris Stapleton to perform ‘A Concert for Kentucky’ at Kroger Field

“A Concert for Kentucky” — a special performance hosted by Chris Stapleton and benefitting his newly created Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund — will be held at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field in Lexington April 25. The performance is the first concert ever held at UK’s Kroger Field and will feature very special guests Willie Nelson and Family, Sheryl...

Jamie Vaught: Cats should still fare well, despite loss of Wilson; Bob Stoops opens up about storied career

While it was heartbreaking to see quarterback Terry Wilson’s season-ending injury during Kentucky’s win over Eastern Michigan last weekend, I still think the Wildcats will be okay this season with backup QB Sawyer Smith, a graduate transfer from Troy who started the last seven games of the 2018 campaign, helping his team to a Dollar General Bowl victory, and earning bowl’s MVP honors. Before...

Ky. coach Mark Stoops hoping Cats can avoid past mistakes in Saturday’s matchup against E. Michigan

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Eastern Michigan visited Kroger Field, the Eagles took Kentucky down to the wire before the Wildcats escaped with a 24-20 triumph. Mark Stoops wants to avoid a repeat performance Saturday night. “They gave us one heck of a game a couple of years ago, so we know they’re another good football team from the (Mid-American Conference) — very well-coached,...

Jamie Vaught: UK football has tough act to follow, but look for Wildcats to finish 8-4 with another bowl trip

The football Wildcats from Lexington will have a very tough act to follow this fall. That’s after we saw a historical campaign by the 2018 University of Kentucky squad, which came up with the school’s best season in 41 years as the Cats posted a remarkable 10-3 record — including a New Year’s Day bowl victory over Penn State. Kentucky also finished with a winning league mark of 5-3 for the...