LEXINGTON – Beechwood and Raceland kicked off the final weekend of Kentucky high school football for 2017.
The Tigers, who entered Friday afternoon’s Class 1A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl championship game against Raceland winning by an average of 39 points in three playoff games, came away with another blowout, 41-0, to claim back-to-back state titles and the program’s 13th overall.
Beechwood took a 7-0 lead with 3:19 left in the first quarter on a James Davis 1-yard run. The Tigers made it 24-0 at the half with a 37-yard field goal from Daniel Mescher, a 2-yard touchdown run from Logan Castleman and an 8-yard touchdown pass from Brayden Burch to Mescher in the second quarter.
Mescher added a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter, before a 1-yard touchdown run and a 5-yard touchdown run from Davis in the fourth quarter closed out the 41-0 win.
Beechwood limited the Rams to just 27 yards of total offense in the shutout victory.
Mescher was named MVP after recording 12 receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown, while also kicking two field goals and five extra points. Davis finished with 88 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries for Beechwood, while Burch completed 22-of-30 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown.
Announced attendance was 7,103 – the largest for a Class 1A final since moving to six classes.
BOYLE COUNTY 40, CORBIN 21
LEXINGTON - Boyle County is back on top.
The Rebels (14-1) capped a dominant 2017 season with a 40-21 win over Corbin on Friday evening in the Class 3A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl championship — their first title since claiming the Class 4A crown in 2010 — in front of 11,234 rowdy fans at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field.
Boyle County fought from start to finish to beat a talented Corbin team. It outgained the Redhounds (13-2) 460-206 on the day and were effective in the red-zone with a 2-for-3 showing. The Rebels’ athletic offensive duo of quarterback Reed Lanter and wide receiver Reese Smith both produced big outings.
Lanter completed 16-of-24 passes for 223 yards and 5 touchdowns while Smith caught five passes for 120 yards and three TDs. Running backs Tanner Crawford and Landen Bartleson also produced effectively for Boyle County, rushing for 92 and 88 yards, respectively.