Defenders & Broncos Still in the Hunt for Football Titles
Bryan Station (Class 6A) and Frederick Douglass (Class 5A) hope to end the postseason drought in local high school football and bring home a KHSAA championship – or maybe two. Henry Clay, in 1981, was the last public school in Lexington to win a state title.
On Friday, Nov. 25, Bryan Station (10-3) will host Bullitt East (12-1), and Douglass (13-0) will host Owensboro (11-2) in the semifinals of their respective classes. The winners advance to Kroger Field the following weekend to play for their championship.
Bryan Station secured its first region championship in 23 years with a victory over perennial powerhouse Trinity. Quarterback Trenton Cutwright ran for a touchdown to make it 7-7 at halftime. Late in the third quarter, Zachary Gentry hit a 35-yard field goal to put the Defenders on top 10-7. Trinity later missed a 45-yarder. Station’s Jeremiah Mundy-Lloyd, who rushed for 116 yards, sealed the game with a fourth-and-5 conversion with under a minute to play.
These two rivals, who came in as the top-scoring offenses in Class 5A, battled to 7-7 stalemate at the half. Ty Bryant then scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the third, and quarterback Cole Carpenter connected with Cameron Dunn for a 29-yard score early in the fourth quarter after a Logan Busson fumble recovery. Ty, who has committed to the University of Kentucky as a defensive back, picked up 106 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Sources: Herald-Leader and Kentucky High School Athletic Association