1968 Lynch State Championship team honored at Kroger Field

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - Some saw friends for the first time in a half century.

"We're just enjoying each other and being with each other," said Roger Wilhoit, a tackle for the 1968 Lynch High School football championship team. "The best part about it is we were the last state championship team to come out of Harlan County."

As a team from the mountains played on the field, another from Eastern Kentucky trotted onto the turf at Kroger Field to celebrate.

"Well I'll tell you what al the bulldog nation that is here tonight will be pulling for Pikeville, we want all the mountain teams to do good," Wilhoit said.

This team came back strong after an upset their junior year, getting this trophy back in the hands of Eastern Kentuckians.

"It was sweet our senior year to get revenge. It was great to come back all the way and show people that there are athletes in the mountains, great athletes in the mountains," said Ronnie Hampton.

Hampton was a second team all-state linebacker and says that even though Lynch High School may no longer be in operation.

"The spirit of Lynch will never die because of the foundation we were brought up on, that our coaches taught us you are only as strong as your weakest link," said Hampton.

Showing a team from a small town doesn't need big players.

"Since there is no more Lynch School we can still instill that legacy in our kids that we were a small bunch, you don't have to be big, you just have t have a big heart," said Hampton.

Heart can take you anywhere you need it.

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