LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Central Yellow Jackets started the season 0-and-4, but when they got on the winning track, they stayed there. Central has won 9 of its last 10 games and that has propelled the Jackets into Saturday’s 3A Championship in Bowling Green.

“There were a few that got off the boat (during the losing skid) and we knew that was going to happen, but the morale is always been where we want it to be. Getting them up for a state championship game is easy,” said Central head coach Ty Scroggins.

Scroggins will face a familiar foe in the title game. The Belfry Pirates are back to battle Scroggins for a sixth time in a championship matchup. Scroggins won meetings with coach Philip Heywood’s Belfry team in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and lost a 14-7 decision to the Pirates in 2014.

“It’s getting to be a rivalry,” Scroggins said. “I’ve had a couple of phone calls (from there)…and they said ‘we owe you all a few.’”

Sophomore wide receiver Ukari Baker caught the game winning touchdown against Elizabethtown in the 3A semifinals. He’s looking for another big game on a big day for him: Saturday is his 16th birthday.

“It would mean the world to me. I’d get my first ring and it would pretty nice. It would be a pretty good feeling because I would get to win on my birthday,” Baker said.

Central (9-5) and Belfry (13-1) are scheduled to kick off the 3A Championship at WKU’s L.T. Smith Stadium Saturday night at 6pm EDT.

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