Class 5-A final preview/pick | Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County

Class 5-A final preview/pick | Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County

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Class 5-A final preview/pick | Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County

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Jamale Carothers leads the Bowling Green rushing attack. C-J file photo

CLASS 5-A STATE FOOTBALL FINAL

BOWLING GREEN VS. PULASKI COUNTY

When: 8 p.m. EST Sunday.

Where: Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green.

BOWLING GREEN PURPLES (14-0)

* Coach: Kevin Wallace (21st year).

* Top rushers: Jamale Carothers (5-9, 184, Sr., 169 carries, 1,282 yards, 23 TDs); DeAngelo Wilson (5-10, 157, Sr., 18 carries, 234 yards, 4 TDs).

* Top passer: Clark Payne (6-2, 170, Sr., 200 of 293, 3,562 yards, 42 TDs, 4 INTs).

* Top receivers: DeAngelo Wilson (5-10, 157, Sr., 62 catches, 1,154 yards, 15 TDs); Jamale Carothers (5-9, 184, Sr., 40 catches, 773 yards, 10 TDs); Ziyon Kenner (5-10, 165, Jr., 40 catches, 627 yards, 5 TDs); Luke Brown (5-10, 159, Sr., 35 catches, 703 yards, 8 TDs).

* Defensive leaders: Dalan Cofer (6-1, 201, Sr., 91 tackles); Jhamir White (5-9, 198, Sr., 90 tackles); Jason Beason (6-1, 205, Jr., 67 tackles); Justice Dingle (6-2, 230, Jr., 62 tackles); Austin Echols (5-9, 141, Sr., 24 tackles, 3 INTs).

* State-final history: Bowling Green is 5-4 all-time in state finals and has won four of the past five Class 5-A crowns, including a 21-7 victory over Pulaski County in last year’s final.

PULASKI COUNTY MAROONS (12-2)

* Coach: John Hines (18th year).

* Top rushers: Jacob New (5-9, 158, Sr., 54 carries, 541 yards, 7 TDs); Jaylon Conwell (5-10, 162, Sr., 93 carries, 486 yards, 2 TDs); Cole Gates (6-0, 190, Jr., 46 carries, 330 yards, 2 TDs).

* Top passer: Wiley Cain (6-2, 178, So., 156 of 262, 2,095 yards, 24 TDs, 5 INTs).

* Top receivers: Jake Johnson (5-10, 155, Sr., 129 catches, 1,613 yards, 17 TDs); Jake Sloan (6-3, 171, Fr., 43 catches, 482 yards, 5 TDs).

* Defensive leaders: Rickey Maxey (5-10, 195, Sr., 176 tackles, 2 INTs); Jackson Mobley (5-8, 174, Sr., 134 tackles, 1 INT); Jacob New (5-9, 158, Sr., 127 tackles, 2 INTs); Konner Hargis (5-10, 190, Fr., 112 tackles); Jaxon Morgan (5-10, 161, Sr., 111 tackles); Jake Johnson (5-10, 155, Sr., 28 tackles, 9 INTs).

* State-final history: Pulaski County is 1-2 all-time in state finals and is making its fourth straight trip, falling to Bowling Green in 2013 and 2015 and beating Graves County 14-7 for the 2014 crown.

OUTLOOK

It’s the third time in four years these teams are meeting in the state final, and the Purples once again appear to have the edge. With the passing of Clark Payne and the running of Jamale Carothers, Bowling Green has one of the state’s most dangerous offenses. Jake Johnson, the state’s all-time leading receiver, will try to get his second ring in his final game as a Maroon.

PICK

Bowling Green 35-14. Purples complete undefeated season in style.

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