Bellevue vs. No. 2 Frankfort
at Sower Field
Class 1A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: Froggy 104.9 FM (pre-game starts at 7:10 p.m.)
Records: Frankfort (10-1), Bellevue (7-4)
Last week: Frankfort defeated Ludlow 78-0; Bellevue defeated Eminence 48-8.
FHS Notes: Frankfort steamrolled to victory over Ludlow 78-0 in the first round of the playoffs last Friday. The Panthers led 23-0 after the first quarter and 57-0 at halftime. Defense and special teams helped FHS score early with senior D.J. Washington intercepting a pass thrown by LHS quarterback Mitchell Cody and returning it for a touchdown. Then on Ludlow’s next possession, a kick was blocked and FHS’ junior Tre Winkfield recovered the ball, returning it to the LHS 3-yard line. The Panthers had eight different players reach the end zone. D.J. Washington had two interceptions for touchdowns, freshman Anthony Robinson had one touchdown run, sophomore Jalen Washington had a touchdown run and catch, senior Teantre McGee had a touchdown run and strip, senior Aaron Jackson had one touchdown catch, freshman Makele Marks had a touchdown run and senior James Maddox had two touchdown runs. Senior Chris Hawkins also threw two touchdown passes.
A LOOK AT BELLEVUE
Head coach: Mike Croley
Key players: Dylan Huff, Tyler Ackerson, Cameron Pangallo, Zack Poinsett
Last year’s record: 7-5 (lost to Frankfort 33-21 in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs)
Points scored: 334
Points allowed: 201
Notes: Last week, Bellevue handed Eminence a 48-8 first round playoff loss. Junior Dylan Huff led the Tigers with 276 rushing yards on 23 carries and five touchdowns. The Tigers recorded a total of 378 yards on the ground, while holding Eminence to only 17. Seniors Brandon Larey and Cameron Pangallo also each added a touchdown run. Junior quarterback Tyler Ackerson completed three of five passes for 60 yards and scored on a two-point conversion. On defense, sophomore Alec Hazeres had eight tackles, followed by Pangallo, junior Kevin Apted and senior Cody Corman with seven tackles. The Tigers allowed 146 passing yards and one touchdown last week. This Friday, Bellevue must give up its home field advantage and go on to the road to Frankfort.
No. 6 Conner vs. No. 3 Franklin Co.
at Benny Watkins Field
Class 5A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Franklin County (11-0), Conner (9-2)
Last week: Franklin County defeated Scott 48-10; Conner defeated Montgomery County 49-20.
FCHS Notes: The Franklin County Flyers are hoping for a different fate from last year’s disappointing 84-48 loss to Conner in the third round. Head coach Chris Tracy said his players now know how to handle success late in the season and are working towards it. The Flyers showed that last Friday winning 48-10 against Scott High at home. Senior Logan Woodside completed 12-for-15 passes for 281 and five passing touchdowns and one rushing score. Senior Greg Maupin led the receivers with five receptions for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman Landon Hurst and senior Ryan Timmons each had touchdown catches. Lorenzo McCaskell, who led the team with 10 tackles, also ran in a touchdown. Woodside and Maupin had eight tackles. If the Flyers win on Friday, they’ll face either Cooper or South Oldham next.
A LOOK AT CONNER
Head coach: James Trosper
Key players: Drew Barker, Cameron Fogle
Last year’s record: 7-6 (lost to Anderson County 31-30 in third round of the Class 5A playoffs)
Points scored: 429
Points allowed: 276
Notes: Last season, Conner beat up on the Flyers 84-48 ending their season early. But the Cougars’ lost to Anderson County, a team FCHS had already beaten in the regular season. This year’s version of the Cougars remains both an offensive and defensive challenge for opponents. Last week against Montgomery County, junior quarterback Drew Barker went seven-for-13 for 79 yards and one touchdown to senior Cameron Fogle. On the ground, Barker recorded 159 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns. Fogle added two rushing scores and senior Quinn Campbell had one. The Cougars added 457 total yards offense. On defense, senior Landon Montgomery had nine tackles, junior Connor Hughes had seven and senior Aaron Spencer had six and one fumble recovery.