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The Hopkinsville Tigers and Logan County Cougars square off tonight for a trip to the state quarterfinals.

The Hopkinsville Tigers have been in this very situation before, just a year ago.

After falling in the regular season to the Logan County Cougars just a year ago, Hoptown rallied in the playoffs with a 42-20 win over Logan County.

Now in the same situation, the Tigers look to repeat history.

Hoptown walked out of the 13-12 loss to the Cougars back on Sept. 24 feeling as if it should have won.

The Tigers has numerous opportunities in the red zone, a returned punt called back on a penalty, an offensive touchdown called back and some missed kicks that eventually led to the Tigers’ defeat that night.

With another chance to unseat the Cougars at the top of the district and with the Hoptown offense playing at the level it has been playing, head coach Craig Clayton has to be confident going in.

Since the defeat, the Tigers’ offense is averaging 44.8 PPG while the defense is just giving up 7.4.

Trey Jefferson has rejuvenated himself and this Hopkinsville offense with his legs, along with continued play from Jay’Den Dillard and Daisjaun Mercer.

However, it doesn’t seem to look like the same Logan County team as the first meeting either.

The Cougars have scored over 40 points in two of their last three games. The only game under 40 came against South Warren.

Primarily a run-first team led by Ryan Rayno (858 yards and 11 TDs) and Wyatt Blake (478 and seven TDs) The Cougars will try to bring their strength against the Tigers’ strength. Hoptown has had one of the strongest run defenses in the state this season.

It will wall come down to who’s offense produces more tonight in Russellville.

The district champion will be decided tonight at 7 p.m.

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