CLASS 1A STATE SEMIFINALS: Panthers crush Holy Cross

Pikeville punched its ticket to the Class 1A state championship game for the second straight season with a dominating performance at Hillard Howard Field on Friday night.

Quarterback Isaac McNamee passed for 270 yards and four touchdowns and Pikeville’s defense limited Louisville Holy Cross to a mere 33 yards until late the game in a 36-7 victory.

McNamee tossed TD passes of 21, 27, 40 and 20 yards as the Panthers moved to 13-0 with the win. Running back Cody Raines had 58 rushing yards and one score and hauled in a 21-yard pass for another.

Receiver Seth Pugh had a big night with 111 yards and one touchdown on four receptions. Wide receiver Jackson Hensley added 74 yards on five catches and one touchdown.

Pikeville advances to face Paintsville (11-3) next Friday afternoon at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. The Panthers edged the Tigers, 9-8, in the regular season matchup in Paintsville.

At Pikeville

(Class 1A state semifinals)


HC (11-3)…..0   0   0   7 –   7

PK (13-0)…..7  21   8  0 – 36


First Quarter

PK – Cody Raines, 5-yard run (Tanner Hamilton kick), 4:37

Second Quarter

PK – Cody Raines, 21-yard pass from Isaac McNamee (Tanner Hamilton kick), 5:44

PK – Jackson Hensley, 27-yard pass from Isaac McNamee (Tanner Hamilton kick), 1:41

PK – Seth Pugh, 40-yard touchdown pass (Tanner Hamilton kick), :43

Third Quarter

PK – Zac Lockhart, 20-yard pass from Isaac McNamee (Jon Collum run), 10:33

Fourth Quarter

HC – Lex Thomas, 14-yard run (Larry Key kick), :10

Next up: Pikeville (13-0) vs. Paintsville (11-3), Class 1A state championship, Kroger Field, 2 p.m., Dec. 6.