SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) - The Somerset Briar Jumpers overcame a slow start against Breathitt County in the Class 2A semifinals last Friday, eventually coming out with a 40-25 win. That clinched the Briar Jumpers' 6th state title appearance.
Despite those five previous appearances, Somerset is still searching for their first state title in school history.
Their last appearance came 10 years ago. Under Head Coach Robbie Lucas, who is still the coach at Somerset, the Briar Jumpers rolled through the competition, but fell to Paducah Tilghman in the Class 3A state title game to finish the season 14-1.
In addition to winning their first state title, the Briar Jumpers are also playing for something bigger. Senior running back and defensive back Alex Miller suffered a broken leg in their game against Hazard at the beginning of October. Despite the loss, the Briar Jumpers continued to push on, playing for Miller and trying to win a state title for him.
Somerset takes on Mayfield in the Class 2A championship on Saturday, December 7th. Both teams come into the game 13-1. The Cardinals entered the season as the third-winningest program in Kentucky high school football history. They also have the fourth-most state titles in Kentucky with 12.