LEXINGTON, Ky. (WSAZ) -- It didn't take Pikeville long to send a message in the Class 1A championship game.
The Panthers' Brody Birchfield picked up a Jake Hyden fumble and returned it for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage setting the tone for Pikeville's 43-0 win.
Pikeville built up a 28-0 halftime lead behind the passing of quarterback Isaac McNamee and that was plenty enough for the Panthers as the defense pitched a shutout.
Paintsville finished an outstanding season at 11-5 and Pikeville finished a perfect 14-0.
It's the Panthers fifth state championship win.