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Week 6 in High School Football full of surprises

Powell Defeats Magoffin for 1st win of season – Photo by Brendon Miller

Week 6 is in the books and it was full of surprises. To start the excitement off Breathitt County (1-5) was off to a horrible start this season as they traveled to Knott Central (3-2) who was having a great season. Breathitt won 50-43 and showed why you play the games and don’t just go by season play thus far.  Floyd Central (4-2) was surprised at home by Pike Central 35-34. Letcher Central (0-6) continued to struggle as they ran in to a buzz saw at home losing to Perry Central (5-0) 44-34. Continue reading Week 6 in High School Football full of surprises

UK stuns South Carolina on the road 23-13

UK kicks off to start the game and South Carolina would own great field position at their own 32. On the first play of the game S.C. QB Jake Bentley hit Deebo Samuel for a 68 yard touchdown pass for a 6-0 Gamecock lead just 13 seconds in to the contest. Just 35 seconds later, S.C. picked off a Stephen Johnson pass and took over at the UK 39 yard line. After S.C. drive stalled, UK returned the favor with a Mike Edwards interception at the UK14 yard line. UK would drive the ball down the field and punch it in on a Benny Snell touchdown run at the 1:05 mark in the first quarter. The touchdown culminated a 13 play 75 yard drive. UK took the lead 7-6 with the extra point. Continue reading UK stuns South Carolina on the road 23-13

High School Football Week 5 Recap

Leslie County Smith carries the ball – Photo by Brendon Miller

Week 5 of High School Football saw a couple surprises with Floyd (4-1) falling at home to Prestonsburg (2-2) by the score of 42-22. Bell County (3-1) also took their first loss on the road at Whitley County 28-6. In other action in the BSN coverage area, Estill (1-3) continued to struggle losing a tight contest 32-30 at home to Bath County. Belfry (3-1) continued their surge with a 56-13 drilling of Pikeville. Magoffin (2-3) was dismantled by Harlan 44-12. Johnson Central (4-0) continued their run for another State Championship by hammering Moore 42-8. Jenkins (0-5) fell to Lynn Camp 47-8. Middlesboro (2-3) beat Pineville (2-3) 46-20. Paintsville (4-1) rolled against Williamsburg (3-2) 53-21. Letcher Central (0-5) is still looking for the win column after dropping their home game to Pike Central 35-28. Morgan County (1-3) put up 36 points but still lost to Shelby Valley 55-36.

(Season & Stats by Class Click Below) Continue reading High School Football Week 5 Recap

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UK battled back with win over EKU – Photo by Brendon Miller

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High School Football Week 4 Wrap-up

Coach Tom Larkey won his 300th game – Photo by Brendon Miller

As Fall weather approaches, High School Football is getting more and more exciting.  It has been especially exciting for the Perry Central Commodores and Coach Tom Larkey. Perry has started out the season with 3 straight wins going in to last night’s contest with Clay County. Coach Larkey was looking for prestigious win number 300. In BSN’s game of the week, Larkey would get his 300th win and Perry Central would run their record to 4-0 with a 35-12 win over Clay County.  Continue reading High School Football Week 4 Wrap-up

Taking Pride in your Country during Sports

Marcus Peters – KC Chiefs sits during National Anthem disrespecting our Country, Flag and Troops who died for this country – Photo Courtesy Bleacher Report

(Opinion Article by Ron Hamblin)
The NFL opened it’s season Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs beating defending Champions New England Patriots in Foxboro. Although that was huge in and of it self, it wasn’t the whole story. Last season, NFL numbers for viewers were down drastically and most of it was attributed to NFL players deciding it was a good idea to protest during the National Anthem. HUGE MISTAKE.

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Week Three of High School Football Full of Excitement

PCC QB Jack Sluss drops back for a pass. – Photo by Tony McGuire

Week three schedule of High School Football was all over the place due to heavy rain that was forecast throughout the region. Some teams moved their games up one day and play on Thursday while others moved to Saturday. Most teams decided to chance it and played as scheduled on Friday night. Continue reading Week Three of High School Football Full of Excitement

Week 2 High School Football is in the Books

Hazard defeats Harlan County 17-6 in BSN Game of the Week. Photo by Brendon Miller

There is nothing like High School football this time of the year and this weekend was no exception. In the Bluegrass Sports Nation Game of the Week, the Hazard Bulldogs defeated a very good Harlan County Blackbears in Hazard by the score of 17-6. Harlan was coming off their season opening win with high expectations against 2016 Class “A” State Tournament runner up, the Hazard Bulldogs. Hazard’s defense would not allow that to happen as they held Harlan to 182 yards in total offense. Hazard ran the ball for 148 yards led by Corey Smith with 122 yards and 2 scores. Hazard’s defense also accounted for 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Continue reading Week 2 High School Football is in the Books

High School Football underway in fine fashion

Paintsville defeats Estill in BSN Game of the Week – Photo by Brendon Miller

It is hard to believe that it is already time for High School Football. It seems like yesterday we were on the baseball field. High School Football is the official sign that fall is just about here. Last season saw 3 mountain teams make it to the State Championship game. Johnson Central and Belfry both won their Class’s State Title with Hazard finishing as the Runner-up .  This year all three should be battling for yet another trip to the Championship game. Continue reading High School Football underway in fine fashion

UK well represented at McDonalds All American Classic

Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward PJ Washington Jr (25) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward PJ Washington Jr (25) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

BLUEGRASS SPORTS NATION was one of the few media outlets from Kentucky to attend the McDonalds Classic in Chicago this past week.

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Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward Jarred Vanderbilt (2) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Miller took in all the action for BSN. The Kentucky Wildcats were represented by this years incoming freshman.  Jarred Vanderbilt, Quade Greene, PJ Washington and Nicholas Richards will all make their home in Lexington next season. UK will once again be a force to be reckoned with. Continue reading UK well represented at McDonalds All American Classic