Friday, December 7, 2007

2007 Playoff Week Five: Highlands 28 Bowling Green 7

Kentucky Class 5A Playoffs - State Championship
KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl
December 7, 2007

Highlands defeated Bowling Green 28-7 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky, to claim the state's first-ever Class 5A football title. The victory gives Highlands 17 official football championships. Highlands finished the 2007 season a perfect 15-0, which is the 11th time Highlands has finished the season undefeated, the most in state history.

Running back Josh Conner rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Clay Cecil threw for 93 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown. Cecil was named the Player of the Game. The Bluebirds amassed 322 yards in the game, compared to only 182 yards for Bowling Green, who entered this game with a 13-1 record. The Bluebirds intercepted Bowling Green's quarterback three times in the contest. The 'Birds scored on the first possession of the game and got out to a commanding 21-0 halftime lead. Highlands' 2007 final varsity record: 15-0. The Highlands Bluebirds finish 2007 as Kentucky Class 5A, District 5 champion, Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference (NKAC) champion, Kentucky Class 5A regional champion, and Kentucky Class 5A state champion.

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