Pikeville beats Raceland for 7th state football title

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Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 2:27 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - For the third time in four years, the Pikeville Panthers are headed back the Mountain Parkway with a trophy.

Pikeville cruised past Raceland 41-9 in the KHSAA Class 1A State Football Championship, earning the school’s seventh.

“I think the main thing is, this is the most selfless group we’ve ever had,” said PIkeville head coach Chris McNamee. “They don’t care who scores, they don’t care who does what as long as the job gets done and that’s a really special part about this group, it’s team team team.”

Early on, it looked like it might be a battle. Blake Birchfield opened up scoring with and 85 yard sprint to the end zone on the first play from scrimmage to make it 6-0 Panthers.

Raceland responded in the ensuing drive with Logan Lundy finding Mason Lykins in double coverage but the Rams could only manage a field goal, cutting the lead to 6-3.

In the Rams next offensive possession, the Panther defense made their presence felt. Carson Wright forced a fumble from Raceland running back Connor Hughes and returned it 74 yards to the end zone to make it 14-3 after a two-point conversion.

The Panthers closed out the half with a 33-yard pass from Isaac Duty to Wade Hensley to send Pikeville into the locker room with a 21-3 lead and never looked back.

Birchfield led the way with 26 carries for 231 yards and three touchdowns.

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