Mountain momentum: Eastern Ky. puts four teams in state finals

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It was a big night for mountain football in the Kentucky high school semifinals on Friday night.


Eastern Kentucky neighbors Paintsville and Pikeville, separated by about 30 miles, will play for the Class A state championship on Friday at Kroger Field after posting victories.


Paintsville thumped Louisville Kentucky Country Day 44-20 and Pikeville blanked Louisville Holy Cross, 36-0.


Belfry, a familiar face in the KHSAA championship, shocked Louisville DeSales 15-14 in overtime by successfully converted a two-point conversion. The Pirates will play Bell County in the Class 3A championship on Friday.


Johnson Central overwhelmed Madisonville-North Hopkins 52-14 to reach the Class 4A finals for the fourth year in a row. The Golden Eagles will meet Boyle County in Saturday’s final. Both teams bring 14-0 record into the championship game.


Somerset defeated Breathitt County 40-25 and plays Mayfield in the Class 2A final.


In Class 5A, it will be Covington Catholic against Frederick Douglas and in Class 6A, Trinity and Male meet for the title.


Semifinal scores

CLASS A

Paintsville 44, Lou. Ky. Country Day 20

Pikeville 36, Lou. Holy Cross 0

CLASS 2A

Mayfield 35, Beechwood 7

Somerset 40, Breathitt Co. 25

CLASS 3A

Belfry 15, Lou. DeSales 14, 2OT

Bell Co. 46, Taylor Co. 28

CLASS 4A

Boyle Co. 31, Lou. Central 14

Johnson Central 52, Madisonville-North Hopkins 14

CLASS 5A

Cov. Catholic 28, Bowling Green 0

Frederick Douglass 28, Owensboro 17

CLASS 6A

Lou. Male 48, Lex. Tates Creek 18

Lou. Trinity 54, North Hardin 7


Friday, Dec. 6

Class A - Paintsville (11-3) vs. Pikeville (13-0), 2 p.m.

Class 3A - Bell County (14-0) vs. Belfry (10-3), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Class 2A - Mayfield (13-1) vs. Somerset (13-1), 1 p.m.

Class 4A - Boyle County (14-0) vs. Johnson Central (14-0), 4:30 p.m. 

Class 5A - Covington Catholic (14-0) vs. Frederick Douglass (14-0), 8 p.m. 

Sunday, Dec. 8 

Class 6A - Trinity (12-2) vs. Male (14-0), 2 p.m. 

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