Boyle game notes


Penalties galore: Boyle County and Highlands combined for 21 penalties for 177 yards Saturday.

"It was really frustrating. As soon as our offense started clicking we'd get a penalty or turn the ball over," Jacob Arnold said. "We just never had a chance to get our offense going."

In the first half alone, Boyle was penalized seven times for 63 yards and Highlands had six penalties for 44 yards. Several of those resulted in big plays coming back.

Boyle was penalized for having 12 players on the field when Highlands set up to punt leading 15-6 midway of the fourth quarter. The penalty enabled Highlands to stay on offense and score its final touchdown.


"The last touchdown was on me," Boyle assistant coach Chris Mason said. "We had to change some personnel at halftime on special teams. We were wanting to make sure they didn't fake the punt and we just had a player get confused about whether he should have been on the field or not. But it was my fault. I should have called a timeout. I just didn't count and it cost us a touchdown."

Watching: One player happy just to be at Saturday's championship game was Boyle County sophomore kicker Patrick Barsotti.

He was not in uniform because he's missed most of the season after being diagnosed with leukemia.

"It's great just to be here and be part of all of this," Barsotti said. "I rode the team bus down and was just glad to get to be around the guys. I could tell by the look in their eyes that they were ready for this."

Also watching the game were former Boyle players Jacob Tamme and Taylor Begley. Both now play at the University of Kentucky after helping Boyle win state titles during their careers.

Tamme's younger brother, Seth, scored Boyle's only touchdown.

Signing: Boyle fan Angela Votaw continued her tradition of bringing creative signs to the state title game with her even if they didn't turn out to be as prophetic as they had in previous years.

One said "Today's Pick 6" and listed the winning numbers as 99, 00, 01, 02, 03 and 04. Those are the five years Boyle had already won state titles along with 04 for the one she was expecting this year.

The other side said "Dynasties" and listed the Roman Empire, 27 B.C.-312 A.D.; Ming, 1368-1644; and Rebel, 1999-.

Her fiancee's father, Chuck Miller, is the strength coach for the Boyle football team.

Low score: The six points for Boyle County was its lowest total since losing 21-0 to Highlands on Sept. 17. It was only the second time Boyle had been held to single digits all year. The third lowest scoring output was 37 points in a 37-30 win over Danville on Sept. 3.

Sixteen titles: With the win, Highlands passed Trinity for the most state titles with 16. St. Xavier, which beat Scott County 49-9 in the Class AAAA title game Saturday, has 11 and Danville 10. Boyle is eighth all time with five state crowns.

Despite all of their state titles, Highlands coach Dale Mueller said wanted his team to play as hard as Boyle at all times. Last year the Rebels routed Highlands 45-10 in the title game.

"After they beat us last year, I told our players that they played like 11 Marines, and I wanted us to play with the same attitude. We changed our whole approach to the game after they beat us twice last year. They didn't win five straight state titles by being soft."

Commarford returns: Last year, Danny Commarford had to watch the second half of Boyle's 44-10 win over Highlands after dislocating his elbow after a running play. Saturday, he was named the winner of the game's sportsmanship award.

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