BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Sidney Herndon said it felt just like any other extra point he’s ever kicked, but this one sent the Mayfield High School football team to a third straight state championship.
After Landon Arnett hit Trajon Bright for a 10-yard touchdown pass, Herndon booted through the extra point to give the Cardinals a 28-27 overtime victory over Williamsburg in Saturday’s Class A final before 6,333 fans at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium.
“I’ve practiced it a hundred million times probably,” said Herndon, a junior. “I just got up there and stepped it off like I normally do. I didn’t really worry about it.”
Set to move to Class 2-A next season, Mayfield (14-1) captured its 11th state championship and its fourth in the past five years.
Mayfield pummeled Willamsburg 42-0 in last year’s Class A final, but they Yellow Jackets (14-1) provided a stiffer test in Saturday’s rematch.
Williamsburg controlled possession early to build a 10-0 lead, but Mayfield took advantage of a fumbled kickoff return and a blocked punt to take a 21-13 lead on Johnny Hernandez’s 1-yard touchdown run with 2:22 left in the third quarter.
“We had some unfortunate breaks and turnovers that killed us,” Williamsburg coach Jerry Herron said. “Mayfield just takes advantage of them. That’s why they’ve won so many.”
The Yellow Jackets tied it with 4:10 left in the fourth quarter when Corey Shelton made a juggling catch of a Skyler Griffith pass for a 31-yard touchdown and Griffith hit Fred Massey for the two-point conversion.
The Yellow Jackets had a chance to win in regulation after an Austin Huskey interception, but Brently Patrick missed a 35-yard field-goal try with 1:26 left.
Williamsburg got the ball first in overtime and scored on its first play, getting a 10-yard touchdown pass from Griffith to Darrell White. But Patrick’s extra-point attempt failed.
Mayfield also scored on its first play of overtime as Bright caught a pass from Arnett and trotted into the end zone untouched. After Williamsburg called a timeout, Herndon nailed the game-winning kick.
“I feel like he’s one of the best kickers in the state,” Mayfield coach Joe Morris said. “That was a big-time pressure kick. He drilled it, but I know he was nervous.”
Williamsburg outgained Mayfield 372-187 yards. Griffith completed 10 of 14 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns, and Shelton had five catches for 163 yards.
Arnett completed 11 of 19 passes for 110 yards. Marshall Bacon had six catches for 69 yards.
* During halftime the Kentucky Football Coaches Association named Russellville’s Tecorian Darden the Class A Player of the Year and Pikeville’s Chris McNamee the Class A Coach of the Year.
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W – Skyler Griffith 12 run (Brently Patrick kick), 11:53. W – Patrick 35 FG, 7:09. M – John Hernandez 1 run (Sidney Herndon kick), 3:29. M – Trajon Bright 2 run (Herndon kick), 0:52. W – Patrick 22 FG, 7:53. M – Hernandez 1 run (Herndon kick), 2:22. W – Corey Shelton 31 pass from Griffith (Fred Massey pass from Griffith), 4:10. W – Darrell White 10 pass from Griffith (kick failed). M – Bright 10 pass from Landon Arnett (Herndon kick). A – 6,333.
|Time of poss.||27:04||20:56|
RUSHING — Williamsburg, Massey 21-67, Griffith 21-53, Lowrie 4-27, Kissinger 1-1. Mayfield, Bright 20-56, Tyler 6-35, Arnett 1-5, Hernandez 2-2, team 1-(minus 21).
PASSING — Williamsburg, Griffith 10-14-0-224. Mayfield, Arnett 11-19-1-110.
RECEIVING — Williamsburg, Shelton 5-163, Lowrie 2-47, White 1-10, Creekmore 1-2, Massey 1-2. Mayfield, Bacon 6-69, Kennemore 2-32, Walker 2-(minus 1), Bright 1-10.