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Happy Homecoming, Purples!!:banana::banana:

 

The first half didn't start out that way, as the crown jewel of rivalries in Southcentral KY (sorry, Dragon fans, but ask any old timer like me or any of my family in Franklin...!) lived up to its reputation as a great rivalry. At the 8:18 mark in the first qtr, Big Blue QB Courtney Dalcourt threw a 29 yd scoring strike to Brandon Kinnaird on the first play after BGHS senior QB J.P. Jackson threw an interception. Justin Dyer's PAT made it F-S 7, BGHS 0. With 0:03 left in the first qtr, Jackson hit senior End/Kicker Zack Williams with a scoring pass from seven yards out. Williams' PAT was good, and the score after one qtr was knotted at 7-all.

 

With 10:53 left in the first half, senior RB Tevin Barksdale cut loose on a 48 yd TD scamper. Z. Williams again knocked through the PAT, and the Purples led 14-7. At the 4:50 mark in the second qtr, Patrick Flippin ran one into the end zone from three yards out. Dyer was successful on the PAT again, and the two teams went into the locker room tied at 14-all.

 

Things were considerably spicier in the second half as both teams turned up the intensity level. With 4:37 left in the third qtr, the Wildcats scored on another short run. Dyer's PAT was good again, and F-S was up 21-14. T. Barksdale later scored on a 24 yd run, and the Purples missed their first PAT attempt of the season when Z. Williams' attempt was blocked, making the score F-S 21, BGHS 20. With 1:53 left in the third qtr, T. Barksdale scored again for the Purples, this time on a 4 yd run. Jackson then collaborated with T. Barksdale on a pass for the 2pt conversion, and BGHS had the 28-21 lead going into the final qtr.

 

What a final quarter it was! With 10:18 left in the game, Jackson scored on a 6 yd run. Z. Williams booted the PAT, and the Purples went up 35-21. With only 2:43 left, Jackson ran another one in, this time from 14 yards out. Z. Williams' PAT made it 42-21. Then, incredibly, three more TDs were scored within the last minute of the game! Jim Murphree caught a pass for a score from Dalcourt at 0:56. Dyer misfired on the PAT, and BGHS led 42-27. A mere 16 seconds later, Dalcourt hooked up with Murphree again, this time from 29 yards out. Dyer hit the PAT, and the Purples' lead was down to 42-34. F-S tried another onside kick, but Jackson was ready for it. He scored the clincher, returning the kick 50 yards at 0:30! Z. Williams knocked home the final PAT, then it was over except for the Homecoming Dance!

 

The win gave BGHS a series record ninth win in a row. Congratulations to F-S for making it such an exciting finish!:thumb:

 

Now, everybody twist!!:dancingpa:dancingpa

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Big Blue has quite a collection of skill people, especially Dalcourt. Plus, throw records and reputations out the window in a big rivalry. In this series, the visitor is just as likely to win as the home team. BGHS started playing at their current facility in 1969...the Purples didn't beat the Wildcats there until 1977! BGHS is now only 11-8 in the series at Donaldson Stadium/Beard Field. Not making excuses for the Purples defense or special teams. Rather, I give Big Blue all the credit they deserve for not quitting and for adding yet another chapter to a great rivalry.:thumb::D

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