Thorobreds take down the Benedict Tigers in the Circle City Classic


Thorobreds celebrate with the trophy from the Circle City Classic (Photo by Jonnae Harris)

Amaya Johnson, Sports

FRANKFORT Ky.- Kentucky State University participated in the 36th annual Circle City Classic which ended with the Thorobreds defeating the Benedict College Tigers in a 34-28 thriller. Early in the first quarter, Christopher Conway walked in an easy five-yard run to get the Thorobreds first on the board. The Tigers responded with a touchdown to match the score late in the first quarter. Senior, Brett Sylve however, scored on a one-yard push into the endzone with 38 seconds left in the first quarter that would put the Thorobreds in the lead 14-7. In the second quarter, the Thorobreds would only score 3 points from a 33-yard field goal by kicker, Gerardo Baeza. The Tigers would go on to score 21 points uncontested to bring the Thorobreds down 17-28 at the half.

Halftime events would consist of the Battle of The Bands between the Marching Tigers of Benedict College and our Mighty Marching Thorobreds, So Sexy Krettes, and the Kentucky State Cheerleaders. The halftime performance from the Mighty Marching Thorobreds would award them the Circle City Classic Battle of the Band Champions.

When the game resumed, the fullback Shaquan Oliver, would earn a rushing touchdown in the third quarter to close on the 28-24 Benedict lead. Midway into the third quarter, tension and frustrations started to rise as both teams were flagged with multiple unnecessary roughness calls.  After back-and-forth action from each team, Sylve scored on a five-yard run to give the Thorobreds the lead with 10:47 left in the 4th quarter. Both teams would battle and the Thorobreds managed to add another field goal late to increase the lead to 34-28 with a little less than three minutes left. The Tigers drove down the field in a last attempt to score and got down to Kentucky 27-yard line. With seven seconds left the Tigers quarterback Nathan Harden made one last heave to the end zone that was broken up by Isaiah McFarland. The Thorobreds would leave the Circle and return to the hill with a win over the Tigers and a new trophy as they claimed victory 34-28.