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Ashland’s Terell Jordan runs upfield against Belfry during a game on Nov. 11.

ASHLAND — When Ashland opened the season 1-3, many followers of Tri-State high school football figured the Tomcats were in for a long season.

Chad Tackett, though, disagreed. Promoted to head coach from defensive coordinator after Tony Love stepped down after last season, Tackett faced a tough act to follow. Love went 81-29 in nine seasons and won a Class 3A state championship in 2020.

Tim Stephens is a sports writer with The Herald-Dispatch.

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