BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The most prolific scorer in Bowling Green High School football history, Jamale Carothers ended his career with a bang Sunday night.
The senior running back scored five touchdowns – four rushing and one receiving – as the Purples whipped Pulaski County 70-22 in the Russell Athletic Class 5-A state championship game in front of 6,352 fans at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Bowling Green set a record for points in a state final, surpassing the mark set by Trinity in its 62-21 victory over Scott County in the 2011 Class 6-A final.
Carothers, who has committed to Navy, finished his career with 514 points to rank 23rd in state history. On Sunday he carried 18 times for 128 yards and also had five receptions for 111 yards.
Bowling Green (15-0) won its second straight 5-A title and its fifth in the past six years. The Purples also have the state’s longest current winning streak at 27 games, their last loss coming to St. Xavier (45-19) last season.
After Bowling Green jumped to a 22-8 lead, Pulaski County’s Wiley Cain threw a pair of touchdown passes to pull the Maroons (12-3) even at 22 by halftime. But Bowling Green dominated the second half with 48 straight points and finished the game with 410 yards of offense.
Purples quarterback Clark Payne completed 15 of 22 passes for 278 yards and two scores. Cain was 24 for 42 for 187 yards and two scores.
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