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Blake Pillow rushed for 150 yards and Blue Tisdale put up three touchdowns as Bowling Green High School scored 49 unanswered points to roll past Pulaski County High 49-14 in the KHSAA Class 5A championship game at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium at WKU Sunday afternoon.

The win marks the Purples third consecutive state championship and their third straight undefeated season.

Pulaski County jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind a 25 yard score from quarterback Riley Hall, who finished the game with 41 yards on the ground while completing 19 of 31 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown.

Pulaski County finishes their season at 14-1.

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Despite being bowl eligible for a third straight season, the WKU Hilltopper football team was not selected to take part in a bowl this postseason.  WKU finished with an 8-4 record and was considered by bowls in Detroit, Mobile, Ala. and Shreveport, La.  

Athletic Director Todd Stewart says with 79 bowl-eligible teams and 70 spots, someone was going to be left out.

“For me personally, this feels like a loss right now,” said Stewart. “But I think when you have difficulty, I think you need to take a step back and take a look at the big picture. That’s what I’ve tried to do and that’s what I hope our fans do.”

Stewart says he’s especially disappointed for the seniors who have played their final game in a Hilltopper uniform.

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Update at 5:45 p.m.:

Class 3A Final, Belfry 3, Wayne County 0.  Mayfield defeated Williamsburg 42-0 in Friday's 1A championship game.

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The Kentucky High School Athletics Association has announced changes to this weekend's high school football championship games. One of the games affected is the 5A matchup between Bowling Green and Pulaski County.

Here is the new schedule: (all times Central Time):

Saturday, 12/7, 11 am - Class 2A- DeSales vs. Newport Central Catholic (as scheduled)

Saturday, 12/7, 2 pm - Class 4A- Collins vs. Highlands

Saturday, 12/7, 5 pm - Class 6A- Meade County vs. Scott County

Sunday, 12/8, 2 pm - Class 5A- Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County

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WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium is the scene for Kentucky's six high school football championships that will be decided Friday and Saturday.

Here is the schedule (all times central):

Friday, Dec. 6

11:00 am: Mayfield (13-1) vs. Williamsburg (11-2) in Class 1A championship

3:00 pm: Wayne County (13-0) vs. Belfry (13-1) in Class 3A championship

7:00 pm: Meade County (12-2) vs. Scott County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

Saturday, Dec. 7

11:00 am: DeSales (13-1) vs. Newport Catholic Central (10-4) in Class 2A championship

3:00 pm: Collins (12-2) vs. Ft. Thomas Highlands (13-1) in Class 4A championship

7:00 pm: Bowling Green (13-0) vs. Pulaski County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

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The Kentucky High School Athletic Association says it’s monitoring the weather situation related to the six football championship games being played Friday and Saturday at LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.

A cold front is expected to hit the area Friday, with snow, sleet, and ice possible.

At this point, the KHSAA says its schedule remains the same, with game being played at 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm central time each day.

However, the group says a final determination will be made Friday morning concerning the evening game and the three Saturday contests.

Here is the current schedule for the six title games (all times central):

Friday, Dec. 6

11:00 am: Mayfield (13-1) vs. Williamsburg (11-2) in Class 1A championship

3:00 pm: Wayne County (13-0) vs. Belfry (13-1) in Class 3A championship

7:00 pm: Meade County (12-2) vs. Scott County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

Saturday, Dec. 7

11:00 am: DeSales (13-1) vs. Newport Catholic Central (10-4) in Class 2A championship

3:00 pm: Collins (12-2) vs. Ft. Thomas Highlands (13-1) in Class 4A championship

7:00 pm: Bowling Green (13-0) vs. Pulaski County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

John Hardin High School defensive tackle Matt Elam received news this week that he is the winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the top high school football player in the commonwealth.

The 6-foot-6 inch, 360-pound Elam is ranked the number seven overall prospect in the nation by one recruiting service, and has narrowed his college choices to Alabama, Notre Dame, and Kentucky.

He’s recovering from a partially dislocated patella suffered during the high school playoffs, which caused him to miss John Hardin’s 5-A semifinal loss to Bowling Green last Friday.

Elam will receive the Hornung Award Dec. 17 at a ceremony in Louisville.

Quarterback Brandon Doughty found Willie McNeal in the end zone with 10 seconds remaining in the game lifting WKU to  a 34-31 win over Arkansas State Saturday at L.T. Smith Stadium.  It was the Hilltoppers fourth straight win as they finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and a 4-3 mark in conference play.

Doughty completed 21 of 37 passes for 255 yards in the game and three touchdowns.

"Wow. What a great win for us," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "I’m just really proud of our players. We stuck together and kept competing. We had a number of things that didn’t go our way and certainly could have cashed it in. It just a credit to our seniors"

Western Kentucky is bowl eligible and now awaits word on a possible bowl berth.

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A Saturday afternoon matchup with Arkansas State wraps up Western Kentucky's 2013 regular season. The Hilltoppers have won three straight games heading into Senior Day. Standouts Antonio Andrews and Luis Polanco will be playing their final game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

"The first year here we were 2-10 and we gradually progressed as time went on and just really learned how to truly play the game and how to continue to have fun as you're learning it," said Andrews.  "And we really got to know each other along the way."

At 7-4 heading into Saturday's game, WKU is bowl eligible for a third straight year. Saturday's game will be broadcast by ESPN3 and kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

The next WKU men’s basketball recruiting class features players from three different parts of the country.

WKU head basketball coach Ray Harper announced today that the school has received national letters of intent from Justin Johnson of Hazard, Kentucky; Derrick Clayton from Castro Valley, California; and Avery Patterson of Decatur, Georgia.

Johnson  is a 6'7" forward who averaged over 16 points and 10 rebounds a game as a junior at Perry County Central High School last season. 

Clayton is a 6'5" guard who scored 17 points a game as a junior in California.

Patterson is from the same high school in Georgia that produced current Hilltopper Niger Snipes. Coach Harper says he believes the 6'1" guard can compete for playing time as a freshman next season.

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WKU senior Antonio Andrews has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s best college running back.

Andrews leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with nearly 2,200 yards and ranks second nationally in total rushing yards.

Andrews is one of ten semifinalists being considered for the award. Members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will next cast their votes for three finalists, who will be named November 25.

The winner of the award will be announced December 12.

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