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Beechwood Heads to State Title Game; Holy Cross Falls Short

When the Kentucky High School Athletics Association hosts the state football championship games next week, there will be just one team from Northern Kentucky.

Beechwood will face Hazard at Western Kentucky University for the KHSAA Class 1A football crown. The Tigers blew by Russellville, 35-0, in Ft. Mitchell on Friday night.

Video producer Sarah Mustian posted these highlights on Twitter:

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This will be the second straight title game appearance for Beechwood (13-1). The Tigers lost to Pikeville in last season's final.

RCN's Brian Frey was at Friday night's game in Ft. Mitchell and produced the photos in the slideshow below.

Meanwhile, it was a long drive home from Danville for the Holy Cross Indians.

Early in the fourth quarter, Holy Cross found itself down 42-28, but managed to put another touchdown on the board when senior Xavier Abernathy walked a yard into the end zone following a long pass from Derrick Barnes to Jaylin Williams on the previous play.

The Indians got the ball back and threatened to tie the game late but Danville forced Holy Cross - with just one yard to go for a first down - to turn the ball over on downs.

Holy Cross ends its season at 10-4, its best finish since the Indians won the state title in 2011. Danville moves on to face Louisville Christian Academy in next week's final.

-Staff report

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