Birchfield runs away with MVP and Championship Trophy for Pikeville
Talk about going out with a bang, no body (not even around our office) could have forecast Birchfield stringing together the type performance in the championship game he manufactured. Wow is about all one can say and even that seems pale in comparison. Of course the Panthers came away with a 41-9 thrashing of the Raceland Rams. That is the type margin one may expect when a running back does what Birchfield did.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Chief of Scouting
This is the time of year we take stock of what we have just experienced. Another football season has now come and gone and we are left to chronicle its stories in an attempt to capture its true magnificence, its true brilliance.
Yet our efforts will somehow fall well neigh. They always do. It is like trying to capture lightening in a bottle.
Tackling Blake Birchfield these past few years has proven a similarly difficult task. The task was found every bit as daunting by the Raceland High defense on Kroger Field this past weekend.
Before we get to the game itself we thought it appropriate to look back on the full body of work. Blake Birchfield has strung together one whale of a senior season to cap off a tremendous high school playing career.
This year, the ’23 RB gained 2,031-yards from scrimmage. That’s quite a lot. Even more significant is Birchfield needing a mere 222-carries to accomplish it with 35 of those carries resulting in rushing TD’s.
He wasn’t too bad this year from out of the backfield the limited amount of times he was asked to do it. In only a few targets, Birchfield caught 7-passes for 93-yards and took two of those home for scores.
All told, Birchfield scored 226-points in 2022, averaging 16.1-points a night. Now I know entire teams which struggled to score 16-points a game this year, much less being able to count on just the one guy for that level of production.
In the championship game, perhaps Birchfield saved his best for the finale. Against Raceland, Birchfield carried the football 27-times for 236-yards rushing, scoring 3-TD’s. He led the team in scoring, putting 18-points up on the Kroger Field scoreboard, nearly an entire two-points over his seasonal average.
For his efforts, he was voted the game’s Most Valuable Player. We would have to agree.
Congratulations to Blake Birchfield on a truly awe-inspiring performance. We are quite sure your accolades are only beginning.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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