A JOB WELL DONE — Members of the Letcher County Middle School football team are pictured with the runners-up trophy they received after losing in Sunday’s final game of the Kentucky Middle School Football Association’s 8th Grade Division 3 State Playoffs in Lexington. Pictured are (back row, from left, coaches and players in uniform) Wil Parks, Sam Mullins, Coach Richard Wright, Coach Jimbo Ison, Coach J.J.Buttrey, Coach Mark Bailey, Coach Marty Baker, Coach Joe Adams, Head Coach Junior Matthews, Willie Wyatt, Isaiah Cornett, Donavon Milton, (fourth row, from left) Blaine Ison, Tyler Fields, Sam Collier, (third row, from left) Cody Austin, Malcolm Bailey, Dylan Bentley, Steven Burke, Hunter Parsons, Tyler Boggs, Kyle Slone, Matthew Baker, Jayson Buttrey, Sam Collier, (second row, from left) Kane Gibson, Sam Little, Nicholas Sergent, Zack Hensley, Owen Gibson, Layton Polly, Kealan Lucas, (front row, from left) Gregory Kincer, Eli Matthews, and Nicholas Sergent. Others seen in the photo are Jonah Little, Zack Hall, Kylan Pike, Payton Wright, Hayden Bentley, Bodie Bentley and Dominick Cummings. The team entered the tournament as the fifth seed, but kept refusing to accept defeat. Sunday’s game marks the first time a Letcher County football team of any grade level has reached the finals of a state tournament.
The Letcher County Middle School Cougars football team is Kentucky Middle School Football Association’s (KMSFA) 8th Grade Division 3 State Runner up.
“It was a lot of fun,” said LCC Middle School Head Coach Junior Matthews. “The kids had a ball. We had to beat some pretty good teams to get out of the region.”
The Cougars beat Caldwell County in the semifinals 30-0 on Nov. 1 at Lexington Catholic High School.
“To be there was exciting, but to win on Saturday was crazy,” said Matthews.
The Cougars’ four-game postseason winning streak came to an end on Nov. 2 in the state championship game against Christian Academy of Louisville at Bryan Station High School. The Cougars lost 42-14.
“They really had a good year and it was a great way to finish,” said Matthews.
The Cougars consist of students from Arlie Boggs, Cowan and Whitesburg middle schools.
This is the first Letcher County football team to play in a state championship game.
Layton Polly and Jonathan Sergent combined for a tackle in the state playoffs in Lexington.
Eli Matthews (11) opens a hole for ball carrier Nicholas Sergent during state playoff action.
Letcher Middle School’s Matthew Baker makes a solo tackle during the playoffs.