By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — The Kentucky squad only had one win out of the previous five meetings heading into Saturday's Sixth Annual Border Bowl, but that didn't stop this year's team as they picked up a dramatic win Saturday.
Kentucky capped off its comeback during which they scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter with Dylan Beasley’s 90-yard touchdown pass to Tranard Chester with 1:39 left, giving the Kentucky All-Stars a stunning 29-27 victory over Tennessee in the Border Bowl.
Tennessee had taken a 27-23 lead with 2:34 left on Dallin Bridges’ 1-yard run.
Kentucky trailed 20-6 entering the fourth quarter but took a 23-20 lead on Austin Pray’s one-yard run, a 40-yard interception touchdown by Aaron Jackson and a tie-breaking 18-yard field goal by Lucas Williams with 7:33 left.
After the win, Kentucky head coach and Harlan County High School coach Tom Larkey said all the credit goes to the players.
“This is great for these kids because they played their hearts out,” Larkey said. “All the credit goes to them because they got out here and busted their tails.”
The Tri-County was represented by Knox Central's Jeffrey Canady, Williamsburg's Logan Hamblin and Jacob Jeffers, Whitley County's Boston Bryant and John Fulton, Corbin's Matt Jewell and North Laurel's Rashawn Andrews.
Kentucky rallies to stun Tennessee, 29-27, in sixth annual Border Bowl
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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