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In a game the Henry County High School football players wanted so badly to play in, Paducah Tilghman defeated Somerset 21-0 on Saturday to win the Class 3-A state football playoffs.
Henry was 8-2 during the regular season and a perfect 3-0 in District Four play to win the district and earn home field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
The Wildcats defeated Moore, 57-27, in the first round and Elizabethtown, 14-0, in the second to advance to the quarterfinals. But against Central in the Region Two championship game, star quarterback Luke Magness went down with a broken leg during the first quarter and Central moved on with a 48-38 victory in what HCHS coach Chris Engstrand described as a “very winnable game.”
Central, who won the last two state titles, then lost to Paducah Tilghman, 24-21, in the semifinals, setting up the Paducah-Somerset showdown at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Somerset was the only undefeated team in Class 3-A at a perfect 14-0, while Paducah Tilghman entered the contest sporting a 8-6 record.
But in the finals, Paducah forced seven Somerset turnovers — including five interceptions -— and Somerset was held scoreless for the first time this season. Somerset was averaging 39.5 points per game and was held to just 156 total yards against Paducah. It was Paducah’s first state football title since 1985.
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