Ricky Bowling gets a hug from his father after tying Tim Couch's touchdown record.

With 2:44 left in Friday night’s game with East Jessamine, South Laurel quarterback Ricky Bowling etched his name in the state record book when he found Chris Mitchell in the left corner of the end zone for not only his fifth touchdown pass of the game, but 133rd of his career, tying him with the legendary Tim Couch.

“This is unbelievable,” Bowling said. “I’m almost speechless. It’s a great honor to be tied with the greatest quarterback in Kentucky history.”

While the record book might just list Bowling’s name, the humble senior knows that he couldn’t have accomplished this feat along.

“When I was little my dad knew I was going to be a quarterback, and he started working with me,” Bowling said. “I owe him everything. Also, I’ve got to give credit to all the receivers and offensive linemen I’ve played with during my career, and all the coaches. Plus, I have to give thanks to God, because without him, I wouldn’t’ be here. He gave me the abilities that I have.”

Bowling said he was glad to finally tie Couch, and he looks forward to this Friday night’s playoff game with Whitley County, where he will have a chance to stand alone atop the list.

“I’m glad to get this off my shoulders,” Bowling said. “Now we can focus on Whitley County.”

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