STATE SEMIFINALS: Pikeville receiver Seth Pugh (2) runs for a first down after making a catch against Raceland in the Class 1A state semifinals played at Ram Stadium on Nov. 24. Below, running back Zack Roberts takes the handoff from quarterback Connor Roberts and break a long run. Pikeville fell to Raceland, 17-14.
Medical Leader│Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER

Last-second FG sinks Pikeville

Teddy Paynter

RACELAND — Raceland placekicker Luke Lemaster booted a 36-yard field goal as time expired on the clock to give the Rams a come-from-behind 17-14 win over Pikeville in the Class A state semifinals played at Ram Stadium on Nov. 24.


The game-winning kick came after a controversial fumble, appeared to have been recovered by Pikeville but awarded to Raceland, just two plays earlier.


Pikeville, which finished its season 8-5, held a slim 6-0 halftime lead in a game dominated by the Panthers the first two quarters. The Panthers missed a pair of scoring chances as the result of penalties and a "no-call" on an obvious pass interference play inside the Raceland 10-yard line.


The Panthers were penalized nine times for 85 yards. Raceland was not flagged the entire game.


Pikeville running back Zack Roberts rushed 19 times for 171 yards and one touchdown while quarterback Connor Roberts completed 11-of-20 passes for 156 yards and a score.


Receiver Christian Billiter had four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown while Seth Pugh hauled in four passes for 42 yards. Jackson Hensley caught a pair for 35 yards.


Pikeville's 6-0 halftime lead came when Roberts hit Billiter with a short out-pass and he turned up-field to race 60 yards to the end zone with 7 minutes, 29 seconds left in the opening period.


Raceland took its first lead when running back Judd Adkins ran two yards for a score with 8:11 left in the third period. Lemaster's kick made it 7-6.


Pikeville came right back and regained the lead on Zack Roberts' three-yard run with 3:53 remaining. Connor Roberts ran in the conversion to make it 14-7.


Adkins scored on a five-yard run with 1:02 to play in the quarter to knot the score at 14-14.


Raceland, now 10-4, will face Beechwood (11-1) today at Kroger Field in Lexington. It's the first time in school history the Rams are playing in the state championship game.


At Raceland


(Class 1A State Semifinals)




PK (8-5)….....................................6 0 8 0 – 14


RC (10-4).......................................0 0 14 3 – 17




First Quarter


PK – Christian Billiter, 60-yard pass from Connor Roberts (kick failed), 7:29


Second Quarter


No scoring


Third Quarter


RC – Judd Adkins, 2-yard run (Luke Lemaster kick), 8:11


PK – Zack Roberts, 3-yard run (Connor Roberts run), 3:53


RC – Judd Adkins, 5-yard run (Luke Lemaster kick), 1:02


Fourth Quarter


RC – Luke Lemaster, 36-yard field goal, :00


Next up: Pikeville's season ends.