Fairview’s football program is flying higher than ever before.
The Eagles broke down the door to 10-0 for the second straight season.
Fairview beat Powell County, 53-12, on Friday night to solidify an undefeated regular season. The Eagles ran their regular-season victory tally to 21 straight since 2010.
“There’s a lot of momentum in our program right now, but we’re not happy yet,” said Fairview coach Nathan McPeek.
With a first-round playoff matchup at home against Phelps on Thursday at 7 p.m., McPeek was already looking ahead to bigger goals.
“We’ve been to the (regional final) two years in a row,” said McPeek, referring to losing efforts. “Hopefully we can put our best step forward and get to Bowling Green.”
Bowling Green is the site of the state championship game.
Fairview created space rapidly and easily against Powell County (2-8) on Friday. Chris Brewer scored first before Mason Rutherford accounted for the next three touchdowns — one a receiving one from QB Alex Roy and two rushes.
The Eagles continued to pour it on in the second quarter. Caleb McKnight found the end zone after a 68-yard fumble recovery. Devon Turner scored from 25 yards out.
Turner amassed 155 yards on 11 carries to go with two touchdowns.
Joel Wardle capped the scoring with a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. The 4-foot-5 senior provided a great moment in a memorable season.
“There wasn’t a dry eye on the team,” McPeek said. “It was such a great play for him.”
Tanner Dolen cracked 100 yards with 115 on seven carries. Brewer had 105 yards on eight rushing attempts.
Fairview had never accomplished back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in its history, which dates back to 1970. The last northeastern Kentucky team to achieve the feat was Lawrence County in 1997-98.
F — Chris Brewer 5 run (Pass failed)
F — Mason Rutherford 39 pass from Alex Roy (Run failed)
F — Rutherford 6 run (Chris Brewer kick)
F — Rutherford 15 run (Tanner Dolen run)
F — Caleb McKnight 68 fumble recovery (Kick blocked)
P — Brooks 10 run (Kick failed)
F — Devon Turner 25 run (Brewer kick)
F — Turner 11 run (Pass failed)
P — Tiller 1 run (Kick failed)
F — Joel Wardle 1 run (Run failed)
Fairview beats Powell for back-to-back 10-0 seasons
Fairview’s football program is flying higher than ever before.
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Fleming County defeated Lewis County, 66-58, and Ashland beat Greenup County, 81-61, on Monday night at Morehead State University to set up tonight's championship matchup. Tipoff is set for 7.
Ashland cruises past Greenup to 16th Region championship game
Tyler Stewart is known for his unrelenting hustle as one of Ashland’s glue guys.
When the senior guard can pitch in some offense too, as he did Monday in the 16th Region Tournament semifinals, that’s just one more problem for Tomcats opponents.
Stewart scored 20 points, senior Steven Friley posted a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Ashland outscored Greenup County 21-9 in the third quarter to break open what was a seven-point game at halftime and cruise past the Musketeers, 81-61.
Fleming battles back to 16th Region final
A healthy Wilder Williams this season has given Fleming County a whole new dimension.
Prior to his sophomore year, Williams sustained a football injury that resulted in three ankle surgeries and limited him to bench duty last season while the Panthers made their run to the 16th Region championship.
A physical 6-foot-3 player, Williams is making his presence felt around the basket as Fleming County looks to return to the Sweet Sixteen.
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Who will the bat signal shine for tonight?
Or, should I say, the Cat signal?
In the third installment of a trilogy that might rival the Batman three-pack of “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” Fleming County and Ashland will battle in a matchup that has produced a classic clash in each of the last two 16th Region Tournaments.
If the first two collectively served as a gradual progressions to tonight’s scene, the climax could be off the charts.
Corey Gregg was Ashland’s superhero in 2012, when the senior confidently fired a perfect 3-point shot from the right corner. The triple thrust the Tomcats and Panthers into overtime, from which Ashland emerged 79-73 in a first-round game.
Central wins, Lawrence falls in 15th
The biggest concern for Lawrence County coach Josh Cook was staying out of foul trouble.
His team stayed in it all night, and it cost them a spot in the 15th Region title game.
Shelby Valley senior Tyler Carr led four players in double figures with 19 points as the Wildcats knocked off Lawrence County, 72-60, in the semifinals of the 15th Region Tournament at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
“This one hurts,” said Cook. “We’ll learn from this, and I have no doubt that our kids will get back here and finish the job.”
- Fleming hangs tough to beat Lewis Fleming County locked into another fight against Lewis County, which beat the Panthers earlier this season, before winning 66-58 on Monday in Morehead. Wilder Williams posted a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers, who face Ashland on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
- GALLERY: Ashland gets by Greenup County, will meet Fleming in region final Ashland's Steven Friley scored 21 points Monday to lead the Tomcats to an 81-61 win over Greenup County in the 16th Region semifinal in Morehead.
Kittens clamoring for more at state
Ashland girls basketball coaches went the extra mile, and a whole bunch more, to get a first-hand scouting report on the Kittens’ opponent for the State Tournament.
Head coach Bill Bradley and assistant Phil Wittich drove all the way to Henderson — 5 hours, 20 minutes one way Bradley said on the way home — to take in Sunday’s Second Region championship game.
Henderson County, playing on its home floor, defeated University Heights 67-54. The Lady Colonels went unbeaten in their region this season and are 24-5 overall.
EKC hands out hardware
The Eastern Kentucky Conference handed out its 2014 awards on Monday afternoon at a luncheon at Carter Caves.
Barracudas earn kudos from coach
Ashland Area YMCA swimmers impressed coach Ryan Ferguson from start to finish in the three-day Kentucky Y Competitive Swim League State Meet.
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