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JCMS trio to compete for Team Kentucky 8th
A Paintsville Herald
Staff Report

PAINTSVILLE ó Three members of 2017 Kentucky Middle School Football Association Division 1 state champion Johnson County Middle School are set to compete for Team Kentucky 8th in the FBU National Championship Tournament. Following tryouts held in Campbellsville in early November, Johnson County Middle School eighth-grade tight end Keygan Pelfrey, offensive tackle Grant Bingham and offensive guard Owen LeMaster were chosen for the Team Kentucky 8th 40-man roster. Over 200 players attended the tryouts.†
Team Kentucky 8th features players from throughout the state, many of whom helped to lead their respective middle school football programs during the 2017 season.†


Looking for back-to-back gold

By Randy White
Regional Sports Editor

Johnson Central was cruising through the season jumping out to an 8-0 record.
Adversity hit in the first game of the season as Joe Jackson suffered a season-ending injury.
The Golden Eagles fought through and picked up big wins over Capital, Henry Clay and South Charleston.
But adversity started setting in again in Week 9.


Johnson Central: Pushing the pile forward

By Randy White
Regional Sports Editor

Johnson Central couldíve been in trouble after standout running back Joe Jackson suffered a season-ending injury during the first game of the season.
Jackson was named the MVP of last seasonís Class 4A state championship in the Golden Eaglesí 48-0 win over Franklin-Simpson.
But Blake Gamble isnít just an ordinary backup running back.


Williams, Chirico lead Lady Tigers past Betsy Layne in season opener
By Mike Muncy
Sports Writer

The junior-senior duo of Elizabeth Williams and Presley Chirico combined for 48 points to help Paintsville pull away to a 75-57 win over Betsy Layne Monday night in the season opener.
Williams and Chirico each scored 24 points to lead the way for Paintsville.
The game was highly contested throughout the first three quarters of action with neither team establishing dominance.


Playoff Preview Week 2: Road to Lexington

By Randy White
Regional Sports Editor

Class A playoff preview:
Who: Bracken County (9-2) at Paintsville (10-1)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Memorial Field, Paintsville.
Coaches: Bracken County; Dave Brausch. Paintsville; Joe Chirico.
Notes: Bracken County knocked off Fairview 36-6 last week, while Paintsville opened the playoffs last Thursday night with a 41-21 win over Nicholas County.
Bracken County only has two losses on the season. The Polar Bears fell to Ludlow 27-24 in the second game of the season and 34-14 to Paris.



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