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NKY Girls Basketball Top 10 (2/6)
1.  Cooper (20-3) -- last week 3-0.  The clear class of the 9th Region, a bona-fide state champion candidate, and also the best JV team in the area. 
2.  Holy Cross (22-5) -- last week 1-0.  Sounds like the Indians had a cool experience at Hoosier Gym in Indiana, and an impressive margin of victory over a solid Walton Verona team.
3.  Ryle (18-7) -- last week 1-0.  Sounds like they are getting Snider back for the post-season, which really help galvanize things for the talented Ryle club.
4.  Dixie (20-6) -- last week 2-0.  Dixie continues to chug along, will easily win their district tourney, and will be a tough out when we get to NKU.
5.  Conner (15-6) -- last week 1-0.  A VERY impressive win over Notre Dame in Park Hills last week!!
6.  Highlands (17-8) -- last week 1-1.  Their loss last week was a home defeat at the hands of Cooper.
7.  Notre Dame (13-8) -- last week 1-2.  Took a loss at Cooper and then followed it up the next day with a home loss to Conner.  
8.  Bishop Brossart (18-8) -- last week 0-2.  The Lady Stangs dropped two home games last week, vs McNicholas (OH) and vs Ryle.
9.  Pendleton County (16-6) -- last week 2-0.  The Lady Cats haven't had a lot of tests of late, but Coach Kelsch has put together a very nice first year.
10. NewCath (15-8) -- last week 2-0.  Will have a puncher's chance vs Highlands in the 36th District, but only just, so will need a big outing in the first round at NKU to advance vs a district champion if they fall to the Birds in the District tourney.
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BluegrassPreps.com Basketball Rankings (2/6)
1. Warren Central
2. Lexington Catholic
3. North Oldham
4. George Rogers Clark
5. Covington Catholic
6. Lyon County
7. Ballard
8. Great Crossing
9. Bowling Green
10. Frederick Douglass
11. Mason County
12. North Laurel
13. Collins
14. Pleasure Ridge Park
15. McCracken County
16. Trinity
17. Western
18. Male
19. Evangel Christian
20. Covington Holy Cross
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2023 Jack Kaelin NKY Freshman Invitational Tourney
Tournament is hosted at Covington Catholic. First round games begin on Thursday.

First round games:
Ryle vs. Lloyd Memorial (Play-In) - Feb 2, 6:15pm
Simon Kenton vs. Dixie Heights - Feb 2, 7:30pm
Campbell County vs. Boone County - Feb 4, 10:00am
Scott vs. Conner - Feb 4, 11:15am
Highlands vs. Ryle/Lloyd Winner - Feb 4, 12:30pm
Holy Cross vs. Newport - Feb 4, 1:45pm
Cooper vs. Beechwood - Feb 4, 3:15pm
Covington Catholic vs. Bishop Brossart - Feb 4, 4:30pm
Newport Catholic vs. St. Henry - Feb 4, 5:45pm
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NKY Girls Basketball Top 10 (1/30)
1.  Cooper (17-3) -- 2-1 last week with a loss vs Manual on a neutral court.
2.  Holy Cross (21-5) -- 4-0 last week and won the All A Classic at EKU.
3.  Ryle (17-7) -- 1-1 last week with a loss at Russell.
4.  Dixie (18-6) -- 3-0 last week.
5.  Notre Dame (12-6) -- 1-0 last week.
6.  Conner (14-6) -- 2-0 last week.
7.  Highlands (16-7) -- 1-1 last week with a loss at home vs Conner.
8.  Bishop Brossart (18-6) -- 2-1 last week with a loss at the All A Classic at EKU vs eventual runner-up Bethlehem.
9.  Pendleton County (14-6) -- 2-0 last week.
10.  NewCath (13-8) -- 3-0 last week.
*  St. Henry (11-9) -- 1-1 last week with a loss at Conner.
*  Grant County (14-9) -- 1-1 last week with a loss at Dixie.
*  Scott (11-9) -- 2-1 last week with a loss at St. Henry.
*  Simon Kenton (11-10) -- 1-1 last week with a loss at Anderson County.
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BluegrassPreps.com Basketball Rankings (1/30) Discussion
1. Warren Central
2. Covington Catholic
3. Lexington Catholic
4. North Oldham
5. George Rogers Clark
6. Great Crossing
7. Lyon County
8. Ballard
9. North Laurel
10. Mason County
11. Bowling Green
12. Frederick Douglass
13. McCracken County
14. Evangel Christian
15. Collins
16. Pleasure Ridge Park
17. Trinity
18. Western
19. Harlan
20. Covington Holy Cross

Dropped Out: Harlan County (20)
Enter Ranks: Covington Holy Cross (20)
Biggest Movers: Evangel Christian (+5), Western (-6)
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Predicting the Kentucky 2023 Mr. Basketball Finalists
Here are other considerations from each Region:
• First Region: Jack McCune, McCracken County 
• Second Region: Gerard Thomas, Henderson County
• Third Region: Brian Griffith, Owensboro Catholic
• Fourth Region: Chappelle Whitney, Warren Central
• Fifth Region: Casey Steadmon, Bethlehem
• Sixth Region: Keith Robinson, PRP
• Seventh Region: Gabe Sisk, Ballard
• Eighth Region: Teagan Moore, Owen County
• Ninth Region: Evan Ipsaro, Covington Catholic
• Tenth Region: Jerone Morton, GRC
• Eleventh Region: Reece Potter, Lexington Catholic
• Twelfth Region: Cayden Lancaster, Pulaski County
• Thirteenth Region: Reed Sheppard, North Laurel
• Fourteenth Region: Christian Collins, Breathitt County
• Fifteenth Region: Rylee Samons, Pikeville
• Sixteenth Region: Zack Otis, Bath County
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Deceased coach King among 2023 KHSAA Hall of Fame inductees
Kentucky mountain basketball legends BB King, Randy Napier and Carolyn Alexander have been named to the 2023 class of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, a 14-person class that also includes Dave Cowens, Jared Lorenzen, Derek Smith and Chris Brohm, among other notables.

Their hall of fame bios:

Barry “BB” King led Knott County Central to two KHSAA Boys’ Basketball Sweet 16 appearances as an athlete and five as a coach. King scored 1,941 career points, which ranks third all-time in school history. The Patriots went 260-109 (.705) over 12 seasons, including a span of four consecutive region and district titles from 2012-2015. Knott County Central advanced to eight region finals during King’s tenure which also included a stint as Kentucky All-Star coach, claiming two WYMT Mountain Classic championships. 

Note: King, known as the "King of Mountain basketball", coached the beginning of this season at Breathitt County before his death in December.

Randy Napier coached girls’ basketball at MC Napier and Perry County Central for a combined 38 seasons. Napier’s career record of 886-285 (.757) makes him the all-time winningest girls’ basketball coach in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, while also topping the sport’s list of games coached at 1,171. His teams won 22 district titles, 10 region titles and one KHSAA Girls’ Basketball Sweet 16. Napier earned Region 14 Coach of the Year honors 11 times and coached the Kentucky All-Stars in 2007 and the McDonald’s All-American team in 2014.

Carolyn Alexander, the 1998 Kentucky Miss Basketball runner-up, led Hazard to the 1997 KHSAA Girls’ Basketball Sweet 16 championship and back-to-back All “A” titles. In her junior season, Alexander earned first-team All-State honors from the Associated Press, Lexington Herald-Leader and Courier Journal, and was named the No. 1 player in Kentucky by the AP. Alexander’s 3,726 career points rank fifth all-time, highlighted by a 1,029-point campaign in 1997-98. She also totaled more than 1,100 rebounds, 500 steals, 300 assists and 100 blocks over her career.

The induction ceremony is April 30 at the Central Back Center Ballroom, Lexington.

Congratulations to these Kentucky legends.
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2022 All BluegrassPreps.com Football Team
QB - Travis Egan, Bullitt East
RB - Cortez Stone, Central
RB - Daniel Swinney, Male
OL - Austin Anderson, Bowling Green 
OL - Tristan Cook, Woodford County
OL - Hayes Johnson, Taylor County
OL - Aba Selm, Simon Kenton
OL - Malachi Wood, Madison Central
WR - Max DeGraff, Lexington Catholic
WR - Jakob Dixon, Pleasure Ridge Park
WR - Chandler Godby, Pulaski County
K - Kellan McLaughlin, Trinity

DL - Micah Carter, Saint Xavier
DL - Saadiq Clements, Henderson County
DL - Oryend Fisher, Great Crossing
DL - Tommy Ziesmer, Boyle County
LB - Lofton Howard, Greenwood
LB - Jaxon Panariello, Saint Xavier
LB - Gavin Willis, Ballard
DB - Ty Bryant, Frederick Douglass
DB - Liam Hutson, North Oldham
DB - Isaiah Kenney, Frederick Douglass
DB - Antonio Robinson Jr., Beechwood
P - Lance Gossett, Male

ATH - Mitchell Berger, Beechwood
ATH -  Blake Birchfield, Pikeville
ATH - Gavin Copenhaver, Christian Academy of Louisville
ATH - Kenyon Goodin, Collins
ATH - Jeremiah Goodwin, Owensboro
ATH - JT Haskins Jr., Bryan Station
ATH - Max Johnson, Hazard
ATH - Jacob Jones, West Jessamine
ATH - Daisjaun Mercer, Hopkinsville
ATH - Aden Nelson, Woodford County
ATH - Montavin Quisenberry, Boyle County
ATH - Tyleeq Williams, Bardstown

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Travis Egan, Bullitt East
COACH OF THE YEAR: Keegan Kendrick, Bullitt East
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NKY Girls Basketball Top 10 (1/16)
What a great week, a lot of terrific games, and the rankings (at least to me) are becoming more and more clear.  Here is the BGP Top 10 as of this week:

1.  Cooper -- (13-2)  Went 2-0 last week.

2.  Ryle -- (15-5)  Went 1-2 last week, with losses at Sacred Heart and at Cooper.

3.  Dixie -- (12-5)  Went 3-0 last week.

4.  Holy Cross -- (14-5)  Went 1-1 last week, with a loss at CAL.

5.  Notre Dame -- (10-4)  Went 1-0 last week.

6.  Conner -- (11-5)  Went 3-0 last week.

7.  Highlands -- (12-6)  Went 2-1 last week, with a loss at Ursuline (OH).

8.  Grant County -- (12-6)  Went 1-1 last week, with a home loss to Great Crossing.

9.  Pendleton County -- (11-4)  Went 1-0 last week.

10. Bishop Brossart -- (13-5) Went 3-0 last week.
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BluegrassPreps.com Basketball Rankings (1/16)
1. Warren Central
2. Covington Catholic
3. Lexington Catholic
4. North Oldham
5. George Rogers Clark
6. Great Crossing
7. Ballard
8. Western
9. Lyon County
10. North Laurel
11. Mason County
12. McCracken County
13. Bowling Green
14. Trinity
15. Evangel Christian
16. Collins
17. Frederick Douglass
18. Owensboro Catholic
19. Harlan
20. Pleasure Ridge Park
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2023 All “A” Classic Statewide Bracket
2023 All “A” Classic
January 26-19th
EKU's McBrayer Arena

Online Ticket Sales Only 
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BluegrassPreps.com Basketball Rankings (1/9)
1. Covington Catholic
2. Warren Central
3. Lexington Catholic
4. North Oldham
5. Western
6. George Rogers Clark
7. Great Crossing
8. Lyon County
9. Ballard
10. North Laurel
11. McCracken County
12. Collins
13. Bowling Green
14. Trinity
15. DeSales
16. Evangel Christian
17. Pleasure Ridge Park
18. Mason County
19. Frederick Douglass
20. Simon Kenton
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NKY Girls Basketball Top 10 (1/9)
1.  Cooper -- (11-2)  Went 1-0 last week.
2.  Ryle -- (14-3)  Went 3-0 last week.
3.  Dixie -- (9-5)  Went 1-1 last week.
4.  Holy Cross -- (13-4)  Went 3-0 last week.
5.  Notre Dame -- (9-4)  Went 0-3 last week.
6.  Conner -- (8-5)  Went 1-0 last week.
7.  Grant County -- (11-5)  Went 1-1 last week.
8.  Simon Kenton -- (9-6)  Went 1-2 last week.
9.  Highlands -- (10-5)  Went 2-1 last week.
10. Pendleton County -- (10-4)  Went 2-0 last week.


*  Bishop Brossart -- (10-5)  Went 1-0 last week.
*  NewCath -- (8-5)  Went 0-1 last week.
*  St. Henry -- (8-5)  Went 1-1 last week.
*  Scott -- (8-6)  Went 1-2 last week.
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2023 Louisville Invitational Tournament
Ballard, St. Xavier, Eastern, Manual, Pleasure Ridge Park, Butler, Trinity, and Western are awarded first-round byes.

DeSales, Evangel, and Christian Academy Louisville not participating in the 2023 LIT.
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NKY Girls Basketball Top 10 (1/3)
I thought I'd start off the year with a, sure to be controversial (😊) NKY Girls Top 10.  We have played about half the season, so I thought it was a good time to see where everyone sits.   Feel free to tell me where I have it wrong, I'm sure I'll leave plenty of room for debate.

1.  Cooper (10-2)

2.  Ryle  (11-3)

3.  Notre Dame (9-1)

4.  Dixie (8-4)

5.  Holy Cross (10-4)

6.  Conner (7-5)

7.  Simon Kenton (8-4)

8.  Highlands (8-4)

9.  Grant County (10-4)

10. NewCath (8-4)

Just missing:

*  Bishop Brossart (9-5)

*  St. Henry (7-4)
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"Mid-Season" Look at top teams by region
Region 1 -- McCracken County is 12-1.  Also McCracken County has an RPI of .70670.
Region 2 -- Henderson Co, Crittenden Co, and Hopkins Co Central are all 7-1.  Henderson Co. has an RPI of .65316.
Region 3 -- Butler County is 6-1.  Owensboro Catholic has an RPI of .63534.
Region 4 -- Barren County is 9-1.  Bowling Green has an RPI of .70378.
Region 5 -- Green County is 7-0.  Also Green County has an RPI of .67114.
Region 6 -- Bullitt Central is 9-1.  Bullitt East has an RPI of .66271.
Region 7 -- Portland Christian is 9-0.  Manual has an RPI of .74654 (SHA is .64626, YES, we get that it is wildly flawed)
Region 8 -- Anderson County is 10-0.  Also Anderson County has an RPI of .68981.
Region 9 -- Notre Dame is 8-1.  Dixie has an RPI of .68964.
Region 10 -- GRC is 7-1.  Also GRC has an RPI of .75379.
Region 11 -- Franklin County is 8-1.  Madison Central has an RPI of .70479.
Region 12 -- Pulaski Co and Danville are 7-1.  Pulaski County has an RPI of .70375.
Region 13 -- Knox Central is 7-0.  Also Knox Central has an RPI of .72000.
Region 14 -- Leslie County is 7-1.  Also Leslie County has an RPI of .67743.
Region 15 -- Martin County is 8-1.  Pikeville has an RPI of .66172.
Region 16 -- Boyd County is 7-1.  Also Boyd County has an RPI of .66950.
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BluegrassPreps.com Basketball Rankings (12/19)
1. Warren Central
2. Covington Catholic
3. Great Crossing
4. George Rogers Clark
5. North Laurel
6. Western
7. Lexington Catholic
8. North Oldham
9. Trinity
10. Bowling Green
11. Ballard
12. DeSales
13. Lyon County
14. Pulaski County
15. PRP
16. Mason County
17. Evangel Christian
18. Butler
19. Madison Central
20. Collins
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2022 Mac's Holiday Classic at Pleasure Ridge Park
2nd Annual MAC's Holiday Classic
December 16-19, 2022
Pleasure Ridge Park High School

Participating Teams:
Doss (Louisville, KY)
Evangel Christian (Louisville, KY)
Lafayette (Lexington, KY)
Oldham County (Buckner, KY)
Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, KY)
St. Xavier (Louisville, KY)
Taft (Cincinnati, OH)
Taylor County (Campbellsville, KY)
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2022 Gardner Law King Of The Bluegrass
41st Annual Gardner Law King Of The Bluegrass
December 16-20, 2022
Fairdale High School

2022 Participating Teams
DeSales High School (Louisville, KY) 
DuPont Manual High School (Louisville, KY) 
Fairdale High School (Fairdale, KY)
George Rogers Clark High School (Winchester, KY)
Great Crossing High School (Georgetown, KY)
Harlan County High School (Baxter, KY)
LaRue County High School (Hodgenville, KY)
Lyon County High School (Eddyville, KY)
Male High School (Louisville, KY)
North Oldham High School (Goshen, KY)
Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA)
Spencer County High School (Taylorsville, KY)
The Sagemont School (Weston, FL)
Trinity High School (Louisville, KY)
Warren Central High School (Bowling Green, KY)
Woodford County High School (Versailles, KY)
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2022 KFCA Mr. Football and KFCA Coach of the Year Awards
2022 KFCA Mr. Football - Travis Egan, Bullitt East

2022 KFCA Coach of the Year - Chris McNamee, Pikeville

As voted on by the members (Head Coaches) of the KY Football Coaches Association.
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BluegrassPreps.com Mr. Football Watchlist (12/6) - Final for 2022
Players Highlighted This Week

Travis Egan (QB, Bullitt East)
2022 Season: 214/324 for 2,935 yards and 35 touchdowns with 5 interceptions | 967 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns | 1 defensive interception | 1 sack

Blake Birchfield (RB, Pikeville)
2022 Season: 222 carries for 2,031 yards and 35 touchdowns | 2 receiving touchdowns | 1 interception

Ty Bryant (ATH, Frederick Douglass)
2022 Season: 64 carries for 498 yards and 12 touchdowns | 3 kick return touchdowns | 22 tackles | 3 TFL | 2 interceptions

Tommy Ziesmer (Edge/OL, Boyle County)
2022 Season: 83 tackles | 19 tackles for loss | 10 sacks | 3 forced fumbles | 1 rushing touchdown

Daniel Swinney (RB, Male)
2022 Season: 195 rushes for 1,218 yards and 10 touchdowns

Gavin Copenhaver (RB/LB, Christian Academy of Louisville)
2022 Season: 123 rushes for 1,232 yards and 19 touchdowns | 15 receptions for 295 yards and 9 touchdowns | 118 tackles | 24 TFL | 3 sacks | 1 interception | 3 fumbles forced | 2 fumbles recovered, including a scoop and score
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BluegrassPreps.com Basketball Rankings (12/5)
1. George Rogers Clark
2. Warren Central
3. Covington Catholic
4. North Laurel
5. Trinity
6. Great Crossing
7. Western
8. Lexington Catholic
9. Ballard
10. North Oldham
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Frederick Douglass 28 Bowling Green 7 (5A State Championship)
Bowling Green received the opening kickoff and threw the ball down the field and eventually into the hands of Ty Bryant at the goal line.  After some possession exchanges Cole Carpenter hit Ty Webb for a 37 yard touchdown pass to put Douglass up 7 to 0 with 928 left in the 2nd quarter.  Bowling Green went right down the field throwing the ball and Deuce Bailey hit Javen Huddleston with a 12 yard TD pass to tie the score at 7 all with 618 left in the half.  Bowling Green racked up a lot more offense in the first half but didn’t score and the game was tied 7 all at the half.

Douglass received the 2nd half kickoff and TJ Horton brought it out to the 34 yard line but the drive stalled. Later in the game Douglass went the length of the field and a Carpenter to Webb pass set up a one yard Ty Bryant touchdown run to put Frederick Douglass up 14 to 7 with 427 left in the 3rd quarter.   After some back and forth Carpenter connected with Thomas Howard for a 21 yard TD pass on a tipped ball to put FD up 21 to 7 with 823 left in the game.  Douglass added an insurance TD with 125 left on a Carpenter to Cam Dunn TD pass to go up 28 to 7 with 125 remaining in the game. 

Congrats Frederick Douglass!  Congrats Coach McPeek!
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Bullitt East 28 Male 27 (6A State Championship)
Male received the opening kickoff and Max Gainey took it 74 yards to the house on a quick screen to put Male up 7 to 0 with 1141 left in the 1st quarter.  On Bullitt East’s second play from scrimmage their QB was strip sacked by DeAndre Malone and Daniel Swinney ran it in for a TD putting Male up 14 to 0 with 1104 left in the first quarter.  Bullitt East got the ball again and fumbled on their own 26 giving Male great field position but the Charger defense stopped Male on downs and took over at their own 19.  Bullitt East drove the ball down to the Male 3 on some great plays by Travis Egan but was stopped on downs.  Male drove all the way down the field and fumbled inside the 5 yard line to keep Bullitt East alive.  Bullitt East answered with a 73 touchdown pass from Travis Egan to Cameron Brogan to make it 14 to 7 Male with 616 left in the half.  Bullitt East stopped Male on another 4th down attempt and scored on a 12 yard TD pass from Travis Egan to Mason Gauthier with 27 seconds left in the 1st half to tie the game at 14 all.

Bullitt East received the second half kickoff and punted after one first down.  Male got the ball on the Charger 40 with 922 left in the 3rd quarter but came up empty and so did Bullitt East on their next possession.  Male got the ball again and Lance Gossett kicked a 37 yard field goal to put Male up 17 to 14 with 518 left in the 3rd quarter.  Bullitt East went three and out on their next drive and Male started their drive at the Bullitt East 40.  Male scored on a TD pass from Lucas Cobler to Andrew Vrbancic to put Male ahead 24 to 14 with 139 left in the 3rd quarter.  After exchanging possessions Bullitt East scored on a 15 pass from Travis Egan to Nolan Davenport to make it 24 to 20 with 834 left to go in the game.  Male answered with a another Gossett FG from 25 yards out to make it Male 27 Bullitt East 20 with 143 left in the game.  Bullitt East started on their own 20 and quickly drove down the field where Travis Egan hit Camron Brogan on a 15 yard TD pass to make it 27 to 26 Male.  Bullitt East went for two and got it on a pass from Nolan Davenport to Travis Egan to put Bullitt East ahead 28 to 27 (and end the scoring) with 53 seconds left in the game. 

Congrats Bullitt East!  Congrats Coach Kendrick!
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Christian Academy of Louisville 38 Bardstown 0 (3A State Championship)
CAL received and a Cole Hodge to Darwin Cotton pass to the Bardstown 25 on the opening play to set CAL up but the drive stalled at the Bardstown 11.  Bardstown got a couple of first downs and then punted.  CAL started their second drive at their own 23 and ended it with a 23 yard TD pass from Cole Hodge to Trey Cotton to take a 7 to 0 lead with 253 left in the 1st quarter.  Bardstown went three and out and punted.  CAL started on the Bardstown 45 and drove to the 1 before fumbling the ball back to Bardstown.  CAL forced a short punt and took over on the Bardstown 27 yard line and Hodge connected with Malachi Embers for a 13 yard touchdown pass to go up 14 to 0 with 447 left in the 1st half.  CAL forced Bardstown to punt again and started on the Bardstown 45.

Bardstown received the 2nd half kickoff and drove to the CAL 26 yard line where they fumbled it back to CAL. On the next play Gavin Copenhaver went 74 yards for a touchdown to put CAL up 21 to 0 with 813 left in the 3rd quarter.  Bardstown took the kickoff and drove to the CAL 18 before turning it over on downs.  CAL came right back with another Gavin Copenhaver long touchdown run to put CAL up 27 to 0 with 439 left in the 3rd quarter. CAL stopped Bardstown again and returned the punt to the Bardstown 46 yard line.  CAL scored again on a Connor Hodge to Cole Hodge 33 yard touchdown pass to go up 35 to 0 with 1154 left in the game.  In desperation Bardstown went for it on 4th and 7 and Conner Hodge came up with an interception and advanced it to the CAL 42. CAL grinded it out on the back of Gavin Copenhaver and capped it off with a 34 yard Jackson Barrickman FG to make the (final) score 38 to 0 with 340 left in the game.

Congrats CAL! Congrats Coach Cantwell!
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