Pikeville (7-6) was led by junior running back Chase Hall, who had 128 yards on 17 carries in the game.
Panthers coach Chris McNamee said Hall, who has been playing with a lingering back injury the entire season, helped pace Pikeville by getting tough yards when it needed them.
“Chase is a tough kid,” McNamee said. “He toughed it up and got some tough yards there at the end of the game. And he’s a junior so he’s coming back and we expect big things from him.”
Pikeville was in its second straight region championship game, but featured only four seniors on the young team.
After starting the season 1-5 this year, McNamee was proud his young team finished where they did.
“It was tough and they’ve grown up a lot over the past year,” McNamee said. “And to come this far, I thought they fought hard and tried their best. We just need another year in the weight room.”
Along with Fairview, this was the first region title for McPeek as a coach.
And while he savors the win, he knows it’s not about him, but it’s about the entire program throughout the years.
“It’s not me, it’s the players,” McPeek said. “We had so many players that have played for me the past few years here tonight. About our whole senior class that got beat in the regional finals last year was here.
“It’s a program win not just for the team this year, but for everybody that played for me and built this program to where it needs to be.”
Fairview (13-0) will host Hazard, last year’s state champions, next Friday in the Class A State Semifinals.
And to get the chance to play one more time in Westwood had Brewer almost speechless.
“I don’t even know,” Brewer said. “I’m just so happy right now.”