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Campbellsville High School's unexpected run in the Class A football play-offs ended on Friday night with a 44-6 loss at Hazard in the quarterfinals.
"It could have been different if we had scored early," Eagles' coach Herb Wiseman said.
The Eagles had several chances to lead in the first half, but thwarted three chances inside the Bulldog 20-yard line, twice inside the Hazard 5.
A Michael McCubbin 63-yard kick-off return and Shumari Bridgewater's 10-yard run put the ball on the Hazard 20 before the Bulldogs picked off an Aaron Schwoebel shovel pass.
A leaping reception by McCubbin of a Schwoebel pass for 44 yards ended on an interception at the Hazard 9-yard line.
Jamarcus VanCleave picked up a fumble for CHS and the Eagles drove to the Bulldog 1-yard line but were turned back on Schwoebel's fourth-down quarterback sneak.
A Schwoebel middle screen to Bridgewater netted 27 yards and two Thomas Downs runs put the pigskin on the Hazard 8. However, on third down Bridgewater's halfback pass was picked off in the end zone.
The Bulldogs led only 7-0 when Michael Campbell broke a third-down tackle in the Hazard backfield and raced 94 yards to pay dirt. Campbell added an 11-yard scoring reception in the first half's waning seconds.
The undefeated Bulldogs (13-0) then added a third-quarter field goal before finishing with three TDs in the final frame, two coming on long breakaway runs by Hazard's leading rusher, Greg Adams.
Campbellsville did avoid the shutout when Schwoebel dove in from four yards out with 10:16 left in the contest. A McCubbin 64-yard run set up the tally.
"I couldn't be more proud of a bunch of kids," Wiseman said of his team's 6-7 worksheet. "We have nothing to hang our heads about.
"They gave the city of Campbellsville and the school system something to be proud of.
"I love them. I appreciate their efforts and it's been a special year."