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December 4, 2013
Gridiron Bowl preview
This weekend the college town of Bowling Green, Kentucky will be invaded by the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowls.
These six games to be played will determine who takes home the state's top prize in each football class. There are some surprises and a few shoe-ins but the field of competitors are worthy of playing at Houchens - Smith Stadium during championship weekend
Meade County vs. Scott County
Odd to not see a team named Trinity or St. Xavier here, huh? Meade County and Scott County are both teams that favor running the ball. They actually both run the wing-t offense.
Scott County should be coming in with an emotional high after the manner in which they defeated Male. The Cardinals stuck it to a Male team that had been offensive juggernauts all season long.
What a long strange journey it's been is not only the senior quote used in That 70's Show but it is also the tale of Meade's road to the big game. After being beat 41-12 by Male, Meade County won eight straight to earn the right to play in Bowling Green.
Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County
Homefield advantage, the longest active winning streak in the state, one of the most prolific wide receivers in the history of KHSAA football, what else could you ask for?
Bowling Green comes in as the favorite as they have in every game this season. For this group of seniors that have accomplished so much another state championship could be the cherry on top of their legacies.
Pulaski County comes into this game with an undefeated record. The Maroons are doing it with some youth in 2013. These two teams are polar opposites when it comes to age.
Collins vs. Highlands
A rematch of last year's final that turned into a train wreck for Collins.
Highlands hasn't skipped a beat in 2013. Losing only once to Cincinnati Elder (Ohio) by three points.
The Blue Birds are solid on both sides of the ball and have a balanced offensive attack. They are chasing their seventh straight state championship as well.
Collins seems like they are better fit this time around to challenge Highlands for the 4-A title. The Titans are perfect when keeping opponents under twenty points.
Wayne County vs. Belfry
*SIRENS SOUND* Wayne County and their air-raid offense has made it to the finals. After beating the defending three time champion Central Yellow Jackets the Cardinals have coasted into the state championship.
Belfry should also be feeling some type of way after Central got knocked off because now they don't have to meet them once again in a state championship.
DeSales vs. Newport Central Catholic
Before we get started here, I'm going to go ahead and brand this as the best game of championship weekend.
The DeSales Colts are on their way back to Bowling Green for the first time since 2009. With a senior-laden bunch the Colts punched their ticket after a one-loss season where they saw their all-time rushing record crumble.
Newport Central Catholic is back! After a depressing start to the season the Thoroughbreds got back on track and became better because of it.
The Colts and the Thoroughbreds are familiar foes in the Class 2A playoffs. In fact, from 2007 to 2009 the pair met each year while on the same side of the bracket.(NCC 2-1 in those games)
Mayfield vs. Williamsburg
A matchup between the highest scoring offense in Class 1A (Mayfield) and the defense who has given up the least amount of points (Williamsburg).
Mayfield of course, is the favorite to win the title. Many considered the regional final game between Mayfield and Russellville to be the real state championship game.