Bowling Green Purples win their 7th Football State Championship

Published: Dec. 19, 2020 at 4:27 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - The Bowling Green Purples are your 2020 5A Kentucky Football State Champions. The Purples were able to defeat the Owensboro Red Devils 17-7 at Kroger Field in Lexington.

“I don’t think you could script it any better,” Purples head coach Mark Spader said. “We’ve had some special teams in the history of our program. I think you’ll mark yourself as one of the most special because of everything we had to go through to get to this game.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Bowling Green got on the scoreboard thanks to a 24-yard field goal by Colin Fratus.

The Purples extended their lead before halftime after a 17-yard touchdown run by Conner Cooper. He finished with 43 yards rushing for Bowling Green while airing it out for 83.

Once again the Purples defense came up big forcing two interceptions and only allowing 7 points.

“They come in bunches in big games and the ones we had tonight were very timely and our offense feed off that,” Spader said. “So any time we can flip it real quick and our offense gets out there I think it gives our whole team confidence.”

This is the 7th state championship in school history and the first since 2016.

Junior linebacker Tyler Moore was MVP of the State Championship game. He finished with 12.5 tackles for the Purples.

“We’re all family,” Moore said. “I wouldn’t want to be out here with anybody else but these seniors out here.”

This is also head coach Mark Spader’s first state title as head coach. He helped the Purples win five other titles as defensive coordinator.

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