Bowling Green 31, Hopkinsville 9
It didn't come without difficulty, but Bowling Green beat Hopkinsville in the Class AAA Region One final for a second straight year to advance to the state semifinals Friday.
The Purples (12-1) jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter on the strength of two Avery Hibbitt touchdowns, only to be controlled by the Tigers for the remainder of the half and take a 14-6 lead into the locker room. Trent Steelman scored twice in the second half, however, to push Bowling Green to victory.
Hibbitt finished with 103 yards and his two scores on 21 carries, with Steelman rushing for 33 yards and two scores on 14 carries.
Hopkinsville (7-6) was led by Emanuel Taylor's 156 yards rushing, pushing his total for the year to 2,346 yards on 255 carries. Chris Thomas added 43 yards on the ground and the Tigers' lone touchdown.
Bowling Green advances next week to play Louisville Central, which advanced to the semifinals by virtue of a 47-40 win at Southwestern.
Henderson County 42, Warren Central 38
A late fourth quarter interception on 4th and 11, sealed the Dragons' fate as Warren Central falls to the Colonels in the Class AAAA Region One final.
Down ten points with under five minutes to play, the Dragons began a furious rally, scoring a touchdown and stopping Henderson on fourth down to set up Central's final drive. Darrious Brooks put the Dragons into Henderson County territory with a chance to score. Central had one final chance to move the chains but its attempts were foiled by the Colonels.
The Dragons forced the Colonels to punt on their opening possession, leading to a Blake Ayers 39-yard touchdown pass to Nikko Beason to put Central ahead 7-0.
Henderson County responded though when Antoinne Lightfoot scored to tie the game at 7-7. The Colonels scored again early in the second quarter with a 55-yard touchdown run by Jessie Gillham. The Dragons answered though with a Tevon Boards touchdown but missed the extra point to make it 14-13.
The Colonels would score late in the first half to put Henderson County ahead 21-13 at halftime.
Henderson County advances to the Class AAAA state semifinals when it travels to Ryle while Warren Central finishes the season 10-3.
Mayfield 28, Metcalfe County 12
The first half of this match-up proved to be a defensive battle. Only one touchdown was scored in the half when Mayfield's (11-2) Adam Shelton converted on a one yard run.
Quarterback Shelton led the Cards in rushing with 79 yards, while Teammate Andy Trevarthan finished the night with two touchdowns in the third quarter.
Once again, Metcalfe's (10-3) Daniel Deleon led his team with 19 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Will Warf was 9 of 34 for 54 yards. Offensively things got worse for Metcalfe in the third quarter when the snap went over Warf's head and Mayfield recovered putting the Cards up 21-0.
Mayfield will move on to play Danville, which advanced to the Class A semi-finals with a 33-14 win over Bethlehem.