Fairview Eagles hosting Hazard in Ky. semifinals
HUNTINGTON -- Fairview High School in the Ashland suburb of Westwood, Ky., plays Friday in the Kentucky Class 1A football semifinals.
Defending state champion Hazard (9-3) is at Fairview (13-0) for a 7:30 p.m. clash.
Fairview head coach Nathan McPeek has a team with more than 5,000 rushing yards for the season and has outscored the opposition by an average of about 49-14.
The Eagles have a trio of 1,000-yard rushers -- Devon Turner, Chris Brewer and Elijah King.
Turner ran for 224 yards last week in the region title game, a 36-14 victory at Pikeville. Brewer had 194 yards while King rushed for 148.
That trio has combined for 52 touchdowns.
Hazard began the season 1-3 and has reeled off eight consecutive victories. The Bulldogs edged Williamsburg last week, 7-0, for their sixth consecutive regional crown.
The Bulldogs are a more balanced team that likes to run and pass.
Brandon Jones leads the Bulldogs with 607 rushing yards and Nathan Higgins has 515. Both backs have eight touchdowns. Quarterback Evan Whitaker has thrown for 2,113 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The opposite semifinal matchup is Mayfield (12-1) at Beechwood (9-4). Friday's winners meet Nov. 30 in the state finals at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.