2019 Football Week 14 (Ky. Quarterfinals)
While 18 of last Friday's 24 Kentucky high school football quarterfinal games were decided by at least 25 points each, including Male's 33-7 victory over St. Xavier and Trinity shutting out Oldham Co. 56-0 in 6A, along with Douglass' 44-8 defeat of Southwestern in 5A, a couple of area teams were involved in games that had more compelling outcomes.
Bowling Green was one of two visiting teams that won a quarterfinal, upsetting S. Oldham 28-14 in 5A. Both teams were tied 14-all at the turn before the Purples pulled away by parlaying a fumble recovery into a 5-yard Ja'Vyan Collins touchdown run early in the 3rd quarter. They followed that on their next drive with Javy Bunton on a 3-yard carry. All that, plus some great defensive work in the late going, put an end to the Dragons' 11-game winning streak.
Holy Cross had a close call at home in the 1A quarterfinals against Newport Central Catholic. The Cougars were ahead 21-16 when a bad snap on a 36-yard field goal try by Cougars kicker Larry Key with 1:42 left gave NewCath an opportunity to pull off a comeback win. But two Hail Mary incompletions toward the end zone from more than 30 yards out allowed Holy Cross to escape with the win and extend head coach Bob Bronger's career by just one more game, as they travel across the state to Pikeville.
In one of our semifinal broadcasts this Friday, unbeaten Male will have their hands full as they host Tates Creek and perhaps the top passing duo in 6A, Luke Duby and Miles Thomas. The other 6A semifinal has Trinity going to North Hardin, where the Trojans have given up only 9 points in their first three playoff games, compared to the Shamrocks' 12 allowed. Many are thinking a Male-Trinity matchup for the 6A Championship on Dec. 8, but that shouldn't stop their semifinal opponents from making their own cases for it on the field.
Our other semifinal broadcast, in 5A, has Douglass hosting an Owensboro team which last made it that far in 2014. Also, the top 5A team, Covington Catholic, will host Bowling Green, but here's hoping that doesn't go the mismatch route like the Colonels' earlier playoff games.
Central is in a tough 4A semifinal at top-ranked Boyle Co., while DeSales, thanks to a Taylor Co. upset of 2nd-ranked Paducah Tilghman, gets to host Belfry in one of the 3A semis. And in 1A, besides Holy Cross at Pikeville, unbeaten Kentucky Country Day plays at home against 10-3 Paintsville, who come off a narrow 2-point win over Williamsburg.
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