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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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