Tomcat football No. 7 in state, 63rd nationally in final MaxPreps rankings

ASHLAND, Ky. – Ashland’s undefeated Class 3A state championship football team finished No. 7 in Kentucky and No. 63 nationally among small schools, according to MaxPreps.

The Tomcats completed an 11-0 season with a 35-14 victory over Elizabethtown at Kroger Field in Lexington last month.

It was Ashland’s first undefeated season since 1958 and first undefeated and untied season since 1942.

Ashland’s last state title before this one came in 1990 against Lincoln County by an identical 35-14 score.

Ashland running back Keontae Pittman bursts free in the state finals against Elizabethtown.

Johnson Central was No. 8 in Kentucky while Elizabethtown (18), Belfry (22) and Paintsville (25) were in the top 25.

Ironton, Ohio, ranked 69th in the small school rankings and 58th in Ohio. Kirtland, which handed Ironton its only loss in the Ohio state Division 5 finals, was ranked sixth nationally and No. 9 in Ohio.

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