By DOUG EADS
It’s been called one of the most — if not the best — high school football rivalries in the state of Kentucky, and that was never more apparent than last Friday night.
Southwestern and Pulaski County added another historic chapter in this most compelling rivalry in a game that was an instant classic.
This one had a little bit of everything, but when the dust had settled, it was Jason Foley’s Southwestern team upending and upsetting homestanding Pulaski County by a final count of 15-7 in overtime.
This one turned out to be a defensive struggle, with both teams having their fair share of difficulties inside the red zone.
Southwestern drew first blood in this one, thanks to a 34-yard TD pass from quarterback Blake Burton to senior wide receiver Xavier Streeter on the first drive of the football game.
Devin Tolson would help PC fight back, scoring on a 5-yard run late in the first period tying this one up at 7-7, and that would be it for scoring in this one until overtime.
In that extra session, Tanner Wright’s 1-yard run on fourth and goal gave the Warriors a 13-7 lead, and Giddeon Brainard followed that up with a two-point conversion run for a 15-7 lead.
At that point, the Warrior ‘D’ stepped up, holding PC on downs on a fourth and goal pass from Kaleb Adams intended for Jake Sloan that fell to the ground.
At that point, a wild celebration ensued for a Southwestern team that improved to 4-5 on the year with the win, while PC had its seven-game winning streak snapped, as the Maroons fell to 7-2 on the year with the gut-wrenching defeat.
PC quarterback Drew Polston was knocked out of the contest late in the first half, but he completed 6-9 passes through the air for 74 yards before leaving the contest.
Adams led PC with 32 yards rushing on six attempts, while Grant Oaks — who also left the game with an injury — led the Maroons with 3 catches for 46 yards.
Meanwhile, the Warriors were led on the ground by Wright, who rushed for a game-high 96 yards on 13 carries and a TD, which turned out to be the game winner.
Burton meanwhile connected on 10-16 pass attempts through the air for 109 yards and a TD pass.
With the win, Southwestern closed the gap with Pulaski County in the all-time series, with the Maroons still holding a slim, 16-15 advantage over the Warriors in 31 games between the two.
The Warriors will close out the regular season on Friday night at home against Madison Central, while the Maroons will host Tates Creek in their regular season finale.
Both games are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
If you can’t make it to the PC–Tates creek game, tune in to LAKE 102.3 FM, as yours truly and Adam Bray will have the call, beginning with the pregame show at 7:15 p.m.