Same rivalry, new stage: Pikeville and Paintsville battle for Class 1A supremacy

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(WYMT) - After 88 meetings in the regular season and leading up to the state title game, Pikeville and Paintsville collide for the first time in the Class 1A state championship.

The Paintsville Tigers are in their first state title game since 1985 after defeated Kentucky Country Day, 44-20.

Paintsville rushed for 474 yards against the Bearcats, and all seven touchdowns came through the run game. The Tigers are 11-3 on the season, with their only losses coming to Pikeville, Lexington Christian, who only had two losses on the season, and Hazard.

The Panthers have gone a perfect 13-0 so far this season, including their 36-7 win over Holy Cross out of Louisville.

Pikeville hopes to win their first state title since 2015, and avenge last season's 21-20 loss against Beechwood in the state title game. Isaac McNamee threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns against Holy Cross. The sophomore looks to win his first state title, and help his father, Head Coach Chris McNamee, to his second state title.

The Tigers and Panthers meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 6th at Kroger Field.

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