Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl crowns six state champions
Times Staff Report
BOWLING GREEN - Adverse weather conditions and a schedule change did not diminish a great weekend of championship football at the 2013 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.
Mayfield (14-1) opened the weekend with a 42-0 win over Williamsburg (11-3) on Friday to repeat as Class 1A Champions and give head coach Joe Morris his fourth state title. Belfry (14-1) followed with a 3-0 victory over previously undefeated Wayne County (14-1) in the 3A Championship, as Austin Woolum kicked the game-winning 35-yard field goal in the third quarter to help head coach Philip Haywood to his third state title. Haywood is Kentucky’s all-time winningest coach with 376 victories.
Saturday’s action began with DeSales (14-1) claiming its first football state championship with a 34-26 victory over Newport Central Catholic (10-5) in the 2A final. Collins High School (13-2) followed suit in the 4A final, knocking off Highlands (13-2) to capture the school’s first football championship, 37-34. Scott County (15-0) closed out Saturday’s slate with a 21-14 victory over Meade County (12-3) in the 6A Championship game, for the Cardinals’ first football state title since 1975.
The Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl concluded on Sunday afternoon as Bowling Green (14-0) captured its third-straight 5A Championship with a 49-14 victory over previously unbeaten Pulaski County (14-1). The victory extended Bowling Green’s win streak to 44 games, and allowed the Purples to join Trinity (Lou.) (1988-90) and Boyle County (1999-01) as the only schools to go undefeated in three-straight state-championship seasons.
A full list of award winners from the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl is below:
Kentucky National Guard Best & Brightest Award
1A – Corey Shelton, Williamsburg
2A – Tom Donnelly, Newport Central Catholic
3A – Jason Perkins, Wayne County
4A – Drew Houliston, Highlands
5A – Aaron Smith, Pulaski County
6A – Nick O’Brien, Meade County
Forcht Bank Uncommon Excellence Award
1A – Deion Jackson, Mayfield
2A – Nathan Roush, DeSales
3A – Zack Thompson, Belfry
4A – Dre Farris, Collins
5A – Devin Hayes, Bowling Green
6A – Thomas Daniel, Scott County
Russell Athletic Most Valuable Player
1A – Jake Guhy, Mayfield
2A – Dylan Byrd, DeSales
3A – Austin Hatfield, Belfry
4A – Lawson Page, Collins
5A – Blake Pillow, Bowling Green
6A – Jacob Van Meter, Scott County
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