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Eagles route Franklin-Simpson 48-0 to win Class 4A State Title
JOE JACKSON was named the MVP of the championship game with 98 yards and three touchdowns on15 carries. Jackson paced a running game that amassed 344 yards in the win.

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Johnson Central Eagles defeated the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats 48-0 to win the 2016 Russell Athletics-KHSAA Class 4A Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Sunday afternoon at the Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.
“It’s a dream come true, it really is,” senior fullback Gunner Slone said. But our seniors came in as freshman with a goal to make history, and that’s what we did here today.”

Lady Tigers hang on to down Pikeville 64-59
By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Paintsville Lady Tigers defeated the Pikeville Lady Panthers 64-59 Friday night at the D.W. Oliver Field House on the campus of Pikeville High School.
Junior center Eleanora Lanzani hit 7-10 shot from the field to lead the Lady Tigers with 17 points to go with four rebounds.
Anna Keeton followed with 16 markers and Abby James tallied double digits with 10 points. Presley Chirico hit on 4-6 shot for nine points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds and Elizabeth Williams finished with eight markers, while Katelyn Fitch and Sonia Williams rounded out the Lady Tiger scoring with two points apiece.

Class A title game slated for Friday, Central to play Sunday
Staff report

The 1A Championship will open the 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl on Friday night at 7 p.m. (CT) when Beechwood (13-1) takes on Hazard (12-2) at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The action resumes Saturday afternoon when Central (9-5) faces Belfry (13-1) in the 3A Championship at 5 p.m., followed by Trinity (Louisville) (14-0) and Lafayette (13-1) in the 6A Championship at 8 p.m.

Eagles to battle Franklin-Simpson in second attempt at state championship

Class 4A comes down to two best teams

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Johnson Central Eagles and Coach Jim Matney will compete for the 2016 Russell Athletics-KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl against the Franklin Simpson Wildcats Sunday at the Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium.
The Eagles enter with a 13-1 record and was ranked second in the season’s final Associated Press Poll, while Franklin-Simpson come into the contest with a perfect 14-0 mark and were ranked Number-1 in Class 4A.

Tigers fall 20-7 in Section-2 title game
By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Paintsville Tigers suffered a 20-7 loss to the Hazard Bulldogs in the Section-2 Championship of the 2016 Class A Russell Athletic-KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Friday night at Bulldogs Stadium.
The Tigers started with the ball, but had to punt after three plays and Hazard took over on the Paintsville 40-yard line. The Bulldogs followed with an eight-play, 40-yard drive that Cory Smith ended with a one-yard touchdown plunge to take a 6-0 lead, after Paintsville blocked the extra point with 6:57 left to play in the opening frame.

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