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First-ever Henry Clay-Lafayette football game, 1947

Posted on September 22, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Henry Clay’s Eddie Williams scored on a 15-yard run against Lafayette on Nov. 8, 1947, at Stoll Field. It was the first meeting ever on the football field between the city-county rivals. Henry Clay was the longstanding power of the 20-team Central Kentucky Conference, and Lafayette was in only its second season. The game was billed as the “battle of the season,” and it was expected to have the largest crowd ever to see a high school game in Lexington. 10,000 people were expected, but rain kept the crowd to 5,000 shivering fans. The Blue Devils coasted to a 28-6 win behind Williams’ two rushing scores and one touchdown pass. The loss ended the Generals’ season at 2-6. The following week, Henry Clay beat Somerset, wrapping up its season at 5-3. Published in the Nov. 9, 1947 Sunday Herald-Leader. The two teams meet again Saturday, 70 years after their first matchup. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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