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For the third straight year the Beechwood Tigers had their season come to an end to the hands of the Mayfield Cardinals in a state semi-final matchup as they fell 19-14 on the road.
Beechwood (12-2) had a chance to win on its final drive, but it would end on a controversial pass attempt as Cameron Vocke was mugged in the end zone by two defenders without a flag being thrown.
Jonathan Jackson put Mayfield (14-0) on the board first when he scored the first of his three touchdowns on the night on 53-yard, first-quarter touchdown. Jackson finished the night with a game-high 191 yards on 27 carries.
The Tigers responded with two touchdowns in the second quarter. The first came on a Max Nussbaum 5-yard run. The other was through the air as quarterback Taylor Davis connected with Dane Everett on a 69-yard TD pass. Davis would later be forced from the game with an injury and did not return.
It was the first time all season that Mayfield had trailed in a game, but they wouldn’t stay down for long. The Cardinals got another TD run by Jackson, this time from seven yards out. However, the point-after attempt was blocked and Beechwood led at the half 14-13.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Cardinals grabbed the lead when punched in another score on 3-yard run by Jackson. The two-point conversion failed and it left the score at 19-14 which is where it would remain.
Beechwood was held to just 188 total yards of offense. Leading rusher Cameron Vocke, who had two interceptions on defense, was held to just two yards on five carries. Max Nussbaum finished with 110 yards rushing on 31 attempts.
Mayfield is now set to make his third straight appearance in the Class 1A state championship game when they face Hazard next Friday in Bowling Green.
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