The Bowling Green football team waited an extra day to cement its legacy. What was one more quarter?
The Purples (14-0) spotted Pulaski County 14 points in the first 12-plus minutes of Sunday’s Class 5A state championship, but they followed with seven unanswered touchdowns and rolled to a 49-14 victory and third straight title at Western Kentucky’s Houchens-Smith Stadium.
The championship is Bowling Green’s fourth overall and its 44th straight win dating back to the start of the 2011 season.
“We’ve been through it a lot this year,” said BG senior running back Blake Pillow, who was named the game’s most valuable player. “We just had to come back and make things happen – make big plays. We have a lot of big players to make those things happen.”
The Daily News has plenty of coverage from Sunday’s state final, so I thought I would try to provide links to everything right here. There is more coverage in Monday’s Daily News, and I’ll provide links to those stories once they’re available on the site. Enjoy!
• That’s three for BG: Purples top Pulaski County 49-14 for third straight Class 5A title, By Zach Greenwell
• Bowling Green overcomes bigger challenges for satisfying season of perfection, By Micheal Compton
• BG fans enjoy one more game with ‘family,’ By Laurel Wilson
• Preview: Purples hope experience on their side vs. Pulaski, By Zach Greenwell
• Preview: BG seniors leave near-perfect legacy, By Zach Greenwell
• Gallery: Three in a row, BGHS state football champs, Photos by Joe Imel and Joshua Lindsey
• Gallery: Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl (BG photos as well as other five state finals), By Joe Imel
• Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace: ‘It’s just kind of surreal’
• BG senior receiver Nacarius Fant, a WKU commit, dons a Hilltopper hat to talk state championship
• Purples senior running back Blake Pillow named state final MVP
• BG senior defensive back Hunter Rogers: ‘We stopped (Pulaski) when we needed to’
• Bowling Green senior running back Blue Tisdale scores three TDs in victory
• Pulaski County coach John Hines says Maroons ‘couldn’t quite hang on’ vs. BG