football helmet ballLEXINGTON, Ky. (11/30/17) — The state football finals will return to Lexington for the first time since 1976 on Friday at 2 p.m. when Beechwood (11-2) faces Raceland (10-4) in the Class 1A Championship of the 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl at Kroger Field. The action will continue Friday night at 7 p.m. when Boyle County (13-1) faces Corbin (13-1) in the Class 3A Championship.

Saturday’s slate will features three contests at Kroger Field, starting with Mayfield (13-1) versus Danville (14-0) in the Class 2A Championship at 1 p.m. Franklin-Simpson (11-3) and Johnson Central (12-2) will square off at 4:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s Class 4A Championship game, followed by Covington Catholic (14-0) and Madison Southern (11-3) in the Class 5A Championship at 8 p.m.

The 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl will conclude Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. when Trinity (Louisville) (14-0) takes on St. Xavier (12-2) in the Class 6A Championship.

Since last played in Lexington at Commonwealth Stadium in 1976, the state football finals spent two years at Hanger Field in Richmond (1977-78), 24 years at KFEC Cardinal Stadium (1979-2002), six years at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (2003-08) and the last eight years at Houchens Industries-LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green (2009-16).

Each game of the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl will be webcast live at for subscribers to the NFHS Network ( Subscription plans for the NFHS Network are available for $9.95 a month. A monthly subscription, priced less than the cost of admission to a state championship event, entitles users to every broadcast by the KHSAA and the more than 40 participating state associations.
A free audio-only feed of the games will also be available online through Mixlr (, which has a corresponding app available for iOS and Android devices.

Single-game tickets are still available for online purchase through Ticketmaster at
2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl
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Friday, Dec. 1
2 p.m. (1A) – Beechwood vs. Raceland
7 p.m. (3A) – Boyle County vs. Corbin

Saturday, Dec. 2
1 p.m. (2A) – Mayfield vs. Danville
4:30 p.m. (4A) – Franklin-Simpson vs. Johnson Central
8 p.m. (5A) – Covington Catholic vs. Madison Southern

Sunday, Dec. 3
2 p.m. (6A) – Trinity (Louisville) vs. St. Xavier


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