Boyle County wins 4A state football championship in double overtime

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

It was a thrilling victory for the Rebels Friday, and the celebration back at the high school was just as exciting as the celebration on the field.

A crowd gathered outside Boyle County High School waiting to welcome home their state champions.

Among the fans were parents like Diane Campbell, who watched her son play in the champioship game.

"You can't say in words how special it is to see those boys' faces and that scoreboard and they knew they won," Campbell said.

As the team arrived home it was a blur of fireworks, cheering, and pats on the back for a great season. A season that left them with a new addition to their trophy case.

"This is just unbelievable," said Coach Larry French, "All the people in this community showed so much support for us - they get behind their football, and it's just a great feeling."

And for the players, it's a night they won't forget.

"I've watched the teams from the past championships play and they were all my heroes," said Rees MacShara, a running back for the team, "and now I'm part of a state championship team - it's really special."

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It may be remembered as one of the most dramatic high school football finals ever.

Boyle County battled Lone Oak for the 4A state high school football championship, and the game needed double overtime to decide the winner.

The Rebels were losing 22-7 to Lone Oak at halftime.

But they started making a move in the second half.

Phillip Barsotti hit a 38 yard field goal to send the game to overtime.

In double overtime, Boyle County's Boone Goldsmith ran in a touchdown on fourth and goal to get the win.

Boyle County beat Lone Oak 42-39.

It's the first state title for Boyle County in six seasons.


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