HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Panthers roll into state semifinals

Pikeville pulled away from Williamsburg in the second quarter and the Panthers cruised into the Class 1A state semifinals with a 50-21 win in the regional championship played at Hillard Howard Field on Friday night.

The Panthers improved to 12-2 and captured a 25th regional title.

Quarterback Isaac McNamee passed for 202 yards and five touchdowns while running back Blake Birchfield finished with 196 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

Wade Henley and Zac Lockhart hauled in a pair of touchdown passes each and Grant Scott added a TD catch. Hensley had five catches for 74 yards and Lockhart added 73 yards on six receptions. Scott had 55 yards on three catches.

Brendan Anthony added a rushing touchdown.

Pikeville will host Raceland (12-1) on Nov. 26. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm.

At Pikeville

(Regional championship)


WM (8-4)…..0  14   0  7 – 21

PK (12-2)…..6  22  22  0- 50


First Quarter

PK – Blake Birchfield, 2-yard run (kick failed), :46

Second Quarter

PK – Wade Hensley, 38-yard pass from Isaac McNamee (conversion failed). 10:46

WM – Sydney Bowen, 1-yard run (Evan Steely kick), 6:47

PK – Safety, Carson Wright with QB sack in endzone, 3:03

PK – Wade Hensley, 8-yard pass from Isaac McNamee (Aaron Chang kick), 1:11

WM – Sydney Bowen, 2-yard run (Evan Steely kick), :00

Third Quarter

PK – Brendan Anthony, 4-yard run (Aaro Chang kick), 9:59

PK – Grant Scott, 29-yard pass from Isaac McNamee (Aaron Chang kick), 5:14

PK – Zac Lockhart, 21-yard pass from Isaac McNamee (Zac Lockhart pass from Isaac McNamee), 2:34

Fourth Quarter

WM – Jayden Rainwater, 2-yard run (Evan Steely kick), 4:25

Next up: Pikeville (12-2) vs, Raceland (12-1), Class 1A state semifinals, 7:30 pm, Nov. 26.