The Holy Cross Indians captured the first state title in school history with a dominating 33-14 win over the Glasgow Scotties in the Kentucky Class 2A championship game at LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green on Friday.
Holy Cross (12-3) scored 26 unanswered points after falling down 7-0 and pulled way late to secure the win. Kyle Fuller completed 12-of-25 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns and added another 40 yards on the ground.
Glasgow (14-1) got on the scoreboard first when running back Jalen Sublet broke free for a 28-yard TD run with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter. At that point of the game it appeared as if the Scotties were going to set the tone. Sublet tallied 51 yards on the drive. The senior would only muster 36 yards the rest of the game.
On the ensuing possession the Josh Wooten picked off a Fuller pass and it looked as if things were going to get out of control for the Indians, who were making their first-ever appearance in the state title game. However, the momentum would swing quickly.
After forcing the Scotties to punt, Holy Cross put together a five-minute, 64-yard scoring drive capped off by a 7-yard touchdown catch by Eric Walker. The senior wrestled the ball away from a pair of defenders in the end zone in what was easily one of the best catches of the entire season. The extra-point kick was blocked though which kept Glasgow up 7-6.
Senior Justin Kohake came up with an interception on the Scotties' next possession and just like the Indians had the ball back. They turned the turnover into points twenty seconds later when Fuller again connected with Walker, this time from 24 yards out, for another scoring pass. They attempted a two-point conversion, but failed to convert. The teams hit the locker rooms with Holy Cross leading 12-7.
The Scotties received the ball to start the second half and began their first drive at midfield. After converting on a 4th & 9 play to keep their drive alive, Glasgow turned it over on downs inside the red zone.
Holy Cross took advantage of the opportunity when Fuller found Lamar Chames down the sidelines for a 62-yard TD pass. Following another turnover on downs by Glasgow, Fuller went for the knockout punch as he threw a fourth touchdown by connecting with Burt Pouncy for 18-yard touchdown pass to take the lead to 26-7.
Glasgow was not done. Quarterback Parker Cash cut the lead to 12 points when he found the end zone on a 12-yard run with 9:14 left in the game. The Scotties' defense, aided by 25 yards in penalties by Holy Cross, forced the Indians to punt on their next drive. However, the key play of the quarter came on the return as the Scotties couldn't hold onto the ball and Devyn Herndon recovered the ball for the Indians.
Despite the fact that Holy Cross would again eventually punt, the added possession allowed them to run another five-plus minutes off the clock. Glasgow did get the ball back with just under four minutes in the game, but Herndon put the nail in the coffin by intercepting a Parker pass and taking to the house on a 9-yard TD return.
Walker was named the MVP of the game, finishing with 3 catches for 40 yards, 2 TD's and an interception. Chames led the Indians with 77 yards receiving. Sophomore running back Jalen Beal rushed for 22 yards on eight carries, but caught four balls for 50 yards. Paul Lampone was a huge spark on defense coming up with eight tackles, including two for a loss. Senior Adam Kozerski finished with six tackles and a sack.