BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Mayfield's Jonathan Jackson totaled 334 yards and four touchdowns as the Cardinals cruised past Ashland Fairview 55-8 in the Kentucky high school Class A state championship Friday in Bowling Green.
It was Mayfield's ninth state title and second in three years.
Jackson, a senior running back/linebacker, ran 19 times for 278 yards and three scores, caught one pass for 56 yards and a touchdown and tallied five tackles on defense.
Mayfield lost the state title last year to Hazard, and Jackson said the team used that game as motivation Friday and for the season.
"It was all about redemption," Jackson said. "We didn't want to lose in the last game again."
Jackson set the tone for the game in the first quarter, hauling in a 56-yard touchdown from quarterback Jake Guhy to open the game and then running for a 17-yard touchdown to put Mayfield up 14-0.
"The thing about Jonathon's performance is that's what he does every game," coach Joe Morris said. "He's averaged almost 300 yards a game in the playoffs running the football and plays every snap of defense.
"The first guy just doesn't get him. As long as our offensive line gets a body on a body, he's going to make something happen."
Fairview, which was making its first state title appearance, showed early glimpses of a running game that averaged 352 yards per game during the regular season.
A 26-yard run by running back Elijah King and ensuing two-point conversion brought the Eagles to within six at 14-8. After recovering an onside kick and driving into the Cardinal red zone, Fairview was poised to take its first lead of the game.
But Mayfield forced and recovered a fumble, ending the Eagles' last scoring threat.
Eight plays later, Jackson ran for a 31-yard touchdown, scoring the first six of 41 unanswered Cardinal points to end the game.
Mayfield went into halftime up 28-8 and then scored four third-quarter touchdowns to make the final score 55-8.
"Our guys are strong, and we just wear on you," Morris said. "That's what we've done all through the playoffs is dominate the second half."
Fairview spent the day battling itself, fumbling eight times. Five of those fumbles resulted in turnovers.
"We just kept turning the ball over," coach Nathan McPeek said. "If you keep fumbling the ball, you're not going to win many football games. ... We haven't done that all year, and we chose this game to turn it over."
Guhy finished the day 7-of-14 throwing the ball for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Deion Jackson and Tearron Sherrill both hauled in touchdown passes, while Jordon Tyler and Stuart Mills both added scores on the ground.
Overall the Cardinals gained 544 yards of total offense.
Fairview's Chris Brewer ran 16 times for 148 yards. Fellow running back Devon Turner added 47 yards on nine carries. King was held in check after his touchdown run, finishing with 39 yards on 13 carries.