LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) The Boyle County Rebels captured the school's 8th football state championship with a 40-21 win over Corbin in the Class 3A state title game at Kroger Field.
Rebels sophomore quarterback Reed Lanter, who was named the game's MVP, was 16-24 passing for 223 yards and five touchdowns. Another sophomore, Reese Smith, had a game to remember as well. Smith had five catches for 120 yards with three TDs and he also had two interceptions including a 40-yard interception return for touchdown.
The Rebels never trailed against the Redhounds, who were searching for their first state title since 1982, quickly jumping out to a 14-0 on a Lanter to Smith 38-yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing drive, Smith caught a deflected pass and rumbled 40 yards to give Boyle County a lead they would never surrender.
Corbin (13-2) cut into the Rebels lead several times at 14-7 and 21-14, but three interceptions hurt any chance of rallying.
The win caps off a 14-1 season for Boyle County and Rebels' coach Chuck Smith secured his sixth state title, but his first since returning to one half of TitleTown.
Boyle County Rebels state championship wins: (*) denotes titles won with Chuck Smith as coach.
*1999: Boyle Co. 29 - Glasgow 6 (Class 2A)
*2000: Boyle Co. 38 - Glasgow 6 (Class 2A)
*2001: Boyle Co. 49 - Rockcastle Co. 14 (Class 3A)
*2002: Boyle Co. 21 - Rockcastle Co. 0 (Class 3A)
*2003: Boyle Co. 44 - Highlands 10 (Class 3A)
2009: Boyle Co. 42 - Lone Oak 39 (2OT) - (Class 4A)
2010: Boyle Co. 21 - Allen Co.-Scottsville 14 (Class 4A)
*2017: Boyle Co. 40 - Corbin 21 (Class 3A)