For the first time in the program’s history, the Pulaski County High School football team will be playing for a KHSAA state championship title.
Pulaski, who upped their record to a perfect 14-0, downed Anderson County High School 20-17 to win the KHSAA Class 5A state semifinal championship.
With 46 seconds left in the game and on fourth down, Pulaski sophomore quarterback Riley Hall threw a touchdown strike to freshman Jake Johnson to put the Maroons in the lead.
The Bearcats ended the game by missing a 41-yard field goal attempt.
Prior to the Maroons’ go-ahead’ score, the Bearcats looked to have the game in control with a 17-7 lead with 9:34 left in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Hall connected with Christian Coots for a 45-yard touchdown strike to pull the Maroons within 3 points at 17-10.
With 4:06 minutes left in the game and holding a 17-14 lead, Anderson County had possession of the ball but fumbled on their first offensive play, giving the Maroons one last chance to take the lead – which they did.
Anderson County got on the board first with a 31-yard field goal to go up 3-0.
Pulaski quickly countered when Hall threw to Aaron Smith for a 6-yard touchdown pass.
The Bearcats ended the first half with a touchdown strike to go up 10-7.
Anderson County scored again midway in the third quarter to take their largest lead of the game at 17-7.
Riley Hall threw 10-of-24 for 231 yards and threw three touchdown passes.
Jake Johnson caught 9 passes for 59 yards with the game winner. George Gregory caught 5 passes for 82 yards.
Pulaski will now square off with Bowling Green for the Class 5A state title on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Western Kentucky University
Look for the complete game story in Sunday’s Sports section.