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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Golden Eagles cruise into third round with 24th straight victory

Photo Credit: Golden Eagle Photography

Johnson Central continued its match to reach the Class 4A state championship game for a sixth consecutive season as the Golden Eagles rolled to a 50-0 win over Letcher Central in the district finals played at Eagle Field on Friday night.

The Golden Eagles extended the state’s longest active winning streak to 24 games. The last loss came in the 2018 title game to Franklin Simpson, 14-12. Johnson Central has won 37 of their last 38 games.

Running back and Mr. Football candidate Dylan Preston ran 13 times for 211 yards and three scores as the Golden Eagles rushed for 448 as a team. Mason Lawson added 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just nine carries.

Quarterback Grant Rice ran for 90 yards and one score on five attempts and Matt Crum added a rushing touchdown.

Johnson Central’s defense held the Cougars (6-2) to only 80 total yards. Jacob Price picked off a pair of passes and Reece Goss had a third pick. Both LCC losses came at the hands of Johnson Central.

The Golden Eagles will now host Corbin (8-1) in the regional championship game at Eagle Field on Dec. 4.


COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UPIKE women now 3-0; Burbridge joins 1,000 club

The University of Pikeville women’s basketball Bears pulled away from Midway University in the second half and cruised to a 98-75 win in a non-conference game played at the Appalachian Wireless Arena on Saturday.

Senior Brianna Burbridge fired in a game-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the way as UPIKE improved to 3-0. She also reached a personal milestone by scoring her 1,000th career point in the opening half.

Alexis Reed led three others in double-figure scoring with 22 points while Sierra Feltner tossed in 12 and Mary Englert added 11. Morgan Stamper chipped in nine.

The Bears will return to action at Life University (2-3) on Dec. 5.

At Pikeville

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

MW (1-4)…26  16  14  19 – 75

UP (3-0)…..29  18  22  29 – 98

Scoring:

Midway (75) – Kindall Talley 1(4) 0-0 14; 1(2) 1-2 9; Allyson Callahan 1(2) 1-4 9; Jill Enix 3 0-0 6; Leah Shelley 4(1) 0-0 11; Autumn Boyles 4 0-1 8; Jocelyn Spaulding 1 3-3 5; Emma Gutman 1(1) 0-0 5; Ta’Tayana Outlaw 2 0-0 4; Macey Goff 0 2-4 2; and Jacqueline Raque 0 2-2 2. Totals: 18(10) 9-18 75.

UPIKE (98) – Brianna Burbridge 11 2-2 24; Alexis Reed 5(4) 0-0 22; Sierra Feltner 3(2) 0-0 12; Mary Englert 2(1) 4-4 11; Morgan Stamper 4 1-2 9; Bailey Frazier 3 0-1 6; Hailey Free 3 1-1 7; Fatma Ouinet 2 0-0 4; Serenity 1 0-0 2; and Taylor Berger 0 1-2 1. Totals: 34(7) 9-12 98.

Next up: UPIKE (3-0) at Life University (2-3), Dec. 5.


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