Much like they have in several games this season, the Christian County Colonels came out in the second half with a little pep in their step, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough as they fell 12-8 to Paducah Tilghman Friday at the Stadium of Champions.

The Blue Tornado started the game just as their namesake suggests and returned the opening kickoff 90 yards to the end zone for an early momentum boost.

A few plays later, Christian County quarterback J’Lin Powell was knocked out of the game with a left ankle injury.

“It’s a major gut punch, but we’ve got to have the next man up and try to go with it,” Christian County coach Steve Lovelace said.

Christian County now looks to the first week of the KHSAA Class 5A State Playoffs where it heads to Bowling Green to take on the Purples.

“Come in focused and be prepared for a full game,” Lovelace said was their plan going in. “It’s going to be a full game up there, it’s the way we want to end it … when your backs against the wall, you have to come back and fight.”

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The week before the playoffs is usually teeming with non-competitive games that can be dull at times, but that was certainly not the case with the Hopkinsville-Greenwood game on Friday night.

The Tigers and Gators remained toe-and-toe with each other the entire game, but Greenwood saw a late lead slip from its grasp due to some costly miscues as Hopkinsville escaped “The Swamp” with a 36-29 victory.

“We just shot ourselves in the foot a couple times,” Greenwood coach William Howard said. “We had two fumbles that really hurt us, and we had a holding penalty over there that kind of cost us. We thought we were in a position to milk the clock and kick a field goal or run a touchdown and not allow (Hopkinsville) much time on the clock.”

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