Luke McKenzie's 1-yard run in overtime gave the Trigg County Midcats a 12-6 win over Russellville Saturday and sends them to Lexington next weekend for the semifinals of the state middle school football playoffs.
McKenzie's run came on a fourth down play, set up by an 8-yard run by Skylar Pool on first down.
However, when Trigg County needed a big play, it was McKenzie who took to the air to connect with Quentin Byrd. McKenzie was 4-of-12 passing for 120 yards. Byrd had three catches for 102 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown catch with 5:30 to go in the first half that gave Trigg a 6-0 lead.
Russellville Middle answered with 2:42 left in the first half on a 5-yard run by Desmon Quarles to tie the game at 6-6.
Russellville had two chances inside the final two minutes of regulation to score the go-ahead touchdown but turned the football over on downs and lost a fumble. Russellville had four turnovers in the game.
Trigg outgained the Panthers 181-154, with Jayven Jones running for 54 yards on 14 carries.
Russellville had 130 yards rushing, led by Demarcus Hampton's 70-yard effort on 11 carries. Trigg's defense held the Panthers to 13 yards rushing in the second half on 16 carries.
Trigg County is now 8-2 on the season and will play in the state middle school semifinals against either Meece Middle or West Hardin Middle next Saturday at Lexington Catholic High School.