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Beechwood quarterback Cameron Hergott named Kentucky Mr. Football by KFCA on Sunday

By Don Owen KyForward sports editor Beechwood senior quarterback Cameron Hergott has been named Kentucky Mr. Football by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association. Beechwood’s Cameron Hergott rushed for 1,078 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. (Photo by Dale Dawn) Hergott led Beechwood to the Class 2A state championship this season and a 10-2 record. He passed for 2,467 yards and 26 touchdowns...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Talented Franklin County aims to defend district title, contend for Class 4A 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 After starting with 11 straight wins and a regular-season district championship, Franklin County’s 2019 football campaign came to an abrupt end. The Flyers — playing without star quarterback Nick Broyles — dropped...

Garrard County to rely on 15 returning starters, talented running back to compete in Class 3A

(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 When the season kicks off on Sept. 11, Garrard County head coach Jerry Perry hopes that his football team will be ready to go despite the lack of strength training during the spring and limited practice time. “The...

Bolstered by 16 returning starters, experienced Rockcastle County looks to contend in Class 3A

(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 With 16 starters returning from an 8-4 team, head coach Scott Parkey is counting down the days before he initiates the launch sequence for the 2020 version of the Rockcastle County Rockets on Sept. 11 at Letcher County...

West Jessamine aims for turnaround under new head coach, erase memory of winless 2019 season

(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 The kickoff to the Kentucky high school football season is three weeks away, and West Jessamine is looking to turn around the program with a new head coach. Scott Marsh has taken over a Colts football program that went...

Solid foundation in place, Sayre prepares for first full season of varsity football since 1976

By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward Building a high school football program is like building a house in that it needs to start with a good, solid foundation. Heading into their first full varsity season with a strong foundation will be the Sayre Spartans. Many people are familiar with Chad Pennington because he threw for more than 13,000 yards and 115 touchdowns while at Marshall University. He also...

After enduring injury-plagued 1-10 campaign last fall, Madison Central seeks major improvement

(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 Madison Central endured an injury-plagued 1-10 campaign in 2019, and the Indians will play this fall to honor the memory of a teammate who tragically died during the offseason. Emanuel “Manny” Prewitt was found...

Lexington Catholic returns 15 starters, but Knights must find replacement for star quarterback Allen

(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 Lexington Catholic returns 15 starters this season, but the biggest question mark will be how the offense responds after losing Beau Allen, arguably the greatest quarterback in program history. Allen, a Mr. Football...