Sunday, December 14, 2008

Highlands Repeats as State Champion

2008 Playoff Week Five: Highlands 35 Christian County 15
Kentucky Class 5A Playoffs - State Championship
KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl
Date/Time: Friday, December 12 at 7:00PM
Location: Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Fort Thomas Highlands defeated Christian County 35-15 in the Class 5A state title game, repeating as Class 5A state champion. Both teams entered the contest with 13-1 records. Christian County led on two separate occasions in the first half, but the Bluebirds took the lead for good when quarterback Tony Guidugli connected with receiver Daniel Gold for a touchdown just before halftime. Guidugli also ran for a 50-yard touchdown in the second half. Running back Clint Crawford scored two touchdowns on the ground for the 'Birds, and running back Josh Conner overcame some early fumbles and scored a rushing touchdown in the second half. Guidugli was named the game's Most Valuable Player (MVP), and linebacker Michael Laber was awarded the Star of the Game honor.

The victory gives Highlands its 18th official state football title. The Bluebirds finished the season unbeaten against Kentucky competition, with a 28-game win streak against Kentucky opponents, the longest current win streak in Kentucky.

Highlands' 2008 final freshman record: 8-2. Highlands' 2008 final JV record: 7-3. Highlands' 2008 final varsity district record: 4-0. Highlands' 2008 final varsity overall record: 14-1.

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