Central, Holy Cross football teams fall on the road in KHSAA state semifinals

Boyle's Avery Bodner (10) runs through a gap for a touchdown as the Henderson County Colonels play the Boyle County Rebels at Colonels Stadium in Henderson, Ky., Friday evening, Sept. 10, 2021.
Boyle's Avery Bodner (10) runs through a gap for a touchdown as the Henderson County Colonels play the Boyle County Rebels at Colonels Stadium in Henderson, Ky., Friday evening, Sept. 10, 2021.

Avery Bodner carried 29 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Boyle County High School football team to a 35-21 victory over visiting Central on Friday in a Class 4A semifinal.

Boyle County (12-2) advanced to face Corbin (14-0) in the Class 4A final set for 8 p.m. Friday at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field in Lexington. Boyle County is seeking its third straight state title and 11th overall.

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Central (9-5) trailed 14-0 at halftime before making a game of it over the final two quarters.

Cortez Stone’s 1-yard touchdown run pulled the Yellow Jackets within 14-7 with 4:17 left in the third quarter. Justin Brents’ 98-yard kickoff return for a score cut Boyle County’s lead to 21-13 with 11:37 remaining.

Bodner answered with his third touchdown of the night, a 57-yarder that gave the Rebels a 28-13 lead with 9:58 left. Xavier Brown’s 17-yard touchdown run pulled Central within 28-21 with 5:48 left.

Boyle County needed just 49 seconds to regain control, getting an 84-yard touchdown pass from Sage Dawson to Montavin Quisenberry for a 35-21 lead.

Stone carried 26 times for 68 yards, and Brown added 67 yards on five carries.

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Raceland 49, Holy Cross 6

Quarterback Logan Lundy threw two touchdown passes and also rushed for a score to lead the host Rams (13-1) over the Cougars (10-4) in a Class A semifinal.

Noah Wallace added two touchdown runs (2 and 64 yards) for Raceland, which will face Pikeville (11-2) in the Class A final at noon Friday.

Wallace carried 13 times for 139 yards. Lundy completed 6 of 8 passes for 141 yards, and Parker Fannin had two catches for 92 yards and a score.

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Chris Perry’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Logan McClellan pulled Holy Cross within 7-6 with 17 seconds left in the third quarter, but Raceland dominated the rest of the way.

Perry completed 12 of 25 passes for 105 yards. The Cougars managed just 35 rushing yards on 21 attempts.

Jason Frakes: 502-582-4046; jfrakes@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @kyhighs.

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