Two local high schools host pep rallies to celebrate football state championship wins

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Ky. (WBKO) -- Loud cheers filled both gyms at Franklin-Simpson High School and South Warren High School Tuesday during pep rallies to celebrate the schools' football teams winning the state championship in their respective divisions.

The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats beat the Johnson Central Eagles with a final score of 14-12 Saturday, Dec. 1, in Lexington.

This is the second year in a row the two teams have faced off in the Class 4-A championship game, and the second year the Wildcats took home the trophy.

"Our defense really picked our offense up and made some really big stops late in the game that just helped us get the ball when we needed it," said Wildcats player Jack Randolph.

Coach Doug Preston knew his players could handle whatever was thrown at them.

"We've been in those positions before where it's been really close or we've been down and we just usually, ya know, kinda go back to those moments and say, 'hey, we've done this before, and here's why we're in this situation,'" said Wildcats coach Doug Preston.

Wildcats player Tre Bass was named the championship MVP and was thankful for all the support he received.

"I couldn't ask for a better team. I mean, the coaches, they prepare us, get us ready for everything and to have the community supporting us all four years of my high school career, I mean, it just means a lot," said Bass.

Preston was very proud of his team.

"A great group of kids that are very committed to each other and put in a lot of hard work and I think most teams that do that are successful but I do feel like our kids go above and beyond," said Preston.

The Wildcats weren't the only ones celebrating as the South Warren Spartans also held a rally to celebrate winning the Class 5-A state championship on Sunday.

Players were happy with the turnout.

"Ya know, it was a great feeling because the whole school came out and you know the middle school is here -- it's a little different than what we've got on game days," said Spartans player Gavin Spurrier.

"Really, you just don't realize how big of an impact you have just playing your favorite game of football. You just come and you realize that ya know everybody is rooting for you and when you succeed this is what happens," said Spartans player Jacob Lacey.

The Spartans beat Covington Catholic 20-to-16 on Sunday and it's been three years since they last took home this title.

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