LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 2012 season finale of Touchdown Friday Night is loaded with 7 area teams in the state semifinals.
In 6A, two-time defending state champ #1 Trinity (11-1) hosts #2 Scott County (12-1). It is a rematch of the 2011 title game, which the Rocks won 62-21. Trinity has won 4 of the 5 6A state titles, since that class designation was added in 2007.
"There are 4 teams left in the state of Kentucky in 6A, are they any good? Of course they're good, or they wouldn't be here in the bracket," Trinity head coach Bob Beatty said. "They are a very well coached ball club. They've lost one game, we've lost one game. I think our kids learned a little bit the other night too, it doesn't matter who you play, what schedule you have, we're going to get their A game. Every step gets tougher from here on in."
Quarterback Travis Wright is trying to equal former Rocks star Brian Brohm with his third state title as the Trinity signal caller. "There are only four teams, they're 12-1, they put up a lot points offensively and they have a well rounded defense," Wright said. "It's more about us trying to play to our potential versus trying to beat the defense."
Trinity will be without leading receiver James Quick. He left their 15-14 regional win over St. X after the third play from scrimmage with broken ribs.
In the other 6A semifinal, #5 Eastern (11-2) visits #3 P.R.P. (13-0)
The Panthers lead the state averaging 46 points a game. Eastern has scored 63 points in it's last two games, playoff road wins at Henderson County and at Ballard.
"Sounds like they're on a roll, I think they've won 6 in a row now," P.R.P. head coach Jason Hiser told WAVE 3 Sports. "I know they have some great athletes."
Eastern was last in the state semifinals in 1966, and hasn't played in a state championship game since losing to Male in the 1964 3A final.
"Some people may want to say, only this many games left, or only this many games to that, but really we're just focusing on P.R.P," Eagles coach Stephen Ruckman said. "They are a great football team, got a lot of pride. It takes a lot of pride to win all your games. So they're going to want to fight and want to fight 48 minutes and that's what we have to be prepared to match them with that kind of tenacity for the whole game"
The winners will meet in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Saturday, December 1, at 8 p.m. EST, in the 6A state championship game.
In 5A action, two heavyweights square off at John Hardin, as the Bulldogs, ranked #2 in the state, welcome #1 Bowling Green. Both teams are 13-0.
John Hardin has won 14 straight games at home. These two have met three times in the playoffs in recent years. Bowling Green won at John Hardin 27-23 in 2007, John Hardin won at Bowling Green 28-21 in 2009 and the Purples won at home again in 2011, a 62-20 state semifinal win on their way to the 5A state championship.
The winner gets the winner of Cooper and Harlan County in the 5A state title game at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 1, in Bowling Green.
In 4A action, Collins (10-3) hosts #3 Warren East (13-0). The other half of that semifinal bracket has Lexington Catholic taking on Highlands. The 4A state title game is Friday, November 30, at 8 p.m. EST.
Fort Thomas Highlands has won a state title in each of the last 5 seasons.
Central can almost match that. The Yellow Jackets have won the 3A state title in 4 of the last 5 seasons. They are back in the semifinals, hosting #8 Monroe County (12-1). Under Ty Scroggins, #2 Central (11-2) has won the 3A title in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The other 3A semifinal has Bourbon County taking on 2010 and 2011 state runner-up Belfy. The 3A title game is Friday, November 30, at 4 p.m..
DeSales made it all the way to the 2A title game in 2009, falling 29-9 to Fort Campbell. Now, under 1st year head coach Harold Davis, the Colts are one step away from a return trip to Bowling Green. They host #7 Caldwell County (10-3) at Fairdale High School.
"They have a quarterback, he's thrown for over 2,000 yards, they have a running back that's over 1,000 yards rushing and a receiver, he has over 1,000 yards receiving," Davis said. "The quarterback scares us a quite a bit, if he gets loose, he can scramble, he has a lot of speed and he has a very good arm. We have to try and contain him."
At one time this season the Colts had 6 players on crutches, they've overcome that and are ready for the challenge of the Tigers high powered attack. Caldwell County averages just over 40 points a game.
"They like to pass and if our defense can shut them down, I think we'll have a pretty good shot," DeSales senior lineman Evan Nord said.
Kendrick Haskins joins me in studio and Brian Winner will have highlights and post game reaction from John Hardin.
You can catch all the highlights at 11:20 p.m. on Touchdown Friday Night, named the "Best Sports Prep Show" in Kentucky in 2012 by the Associated Press.
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