OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - The Owensboro Red Devils are the lone team standing in the Tri-State still in the hunt for a state championship in 2020.
The Red Devils (11-0) are coming off a “bye” week after the program automatically won the 5A Region Championship due to Fairdale dropping out of the tournament because of COVID-19 related issues.
So the only thing that now stands in the way of playing in a state title game for Owensboro is a rematch from last season’s 5A semifinal game against Frederick Douglass. The Broncos defeated the Red Devils, 28-17.
”You try to approach and preparation like it’s any other week,” Owensboro head coach Jay Fallin said. “But, certainly, there’s more on the line when you’re playing in a state semifinal, playing in a game that is a rematch of last year’s state semifinal, against a really good football team. Our kids are excited, they’ve had a great week of practice.”
Owensboro secured home-field advantage for the entirety of the 2020 postseason thanks to the team’s undefeated regular season, so the Red Devils will host the Broncos in front of their home crowd in the highest stakes game of the year.
“This is why we do what we do,” Fallin said. “It’s to have an opportunity to compete for a championship, to be 48 minutes away and to be playing that game at home, it’s something that we’re very excited about and an opportunity we’re really looking forward to.”
Owensboro and Frederick Douglass (7-1) are set to kickoff at Rash Stadium on Friday at 6 p.m.
The winner advances to the KHSAA 5A State Championship.