Effective April 3, 2017, the KHSAA will have new office hours, being open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. Logistical and traffic issues (both current and anticipated) surrounding the opening of the new Frederick Douglass High School have created this necessity. We appreciate the understanding of our membership and various constituencies.

50th anniversary of Dayton High’s football title

November 26, 2016 FieldsColumn

It was 50 years ago today — Nov. 26, 1966 — that Dayton High School stunned Russellville 6-2 to win the Class A football title at UK’s Stoll Field.

Dayton hadn’t been to the state finals before, and it hasn’t been there since.

Russellville came into the championship game undefeated (11-0) and a solid favorite to handle the Greendevils (9-3). One big reason: Russellville’s linemen outweighed Dayton’s by an average of more than 30 pounds.

The Panthers’ Henry Noe and Donnie Bagget blocked a Dayton punt out of the end zone midway through the second quarter to give Russellville a 2-0 lead.

Ironically, Coach Ray King’s Greendevils wound up winning the game on the same kind of play.

Early in the fourth quarter Dayton’s Jerry Brooks blocked a Russellville punt — his fifth block of the season — and teammate John Fowee picked up the loose ball and returned it 8 yards for a TD.

It was the second-lowest scoring game in Class A title game history. Bellevue, Dayton’s arch-rival, beat Madison 7-0 in the 1979 finals.