Inside the 6th Region Rankings- Week 2
Week 2 is in the books with a larger body of work providing a clearer picture of how the season is shaping up. One thing is clear, only one team remains undefeated in the entire region, Fern Creek at 5-0. Three other teams, Valley, Butler, & DeSales all have a loss, but remain undefeated in the region with 3-0 records. They form the top of the region rankings with PRP & Doss close behind. Here is the rankings after the weekend games:
1) Fern Creek (5-0)- The Tigers were in the top spot last week after knocking off the preseason favorite Doss in week 1. After a win over the 7th region favorite Trinity on this past Saturday evening, the Tigers have emerged as not only a threat to win the 6th region but are garnering attention outside the region as well. They are averaging right at 80 PPG and defensively are holding opponents to just over 60 PPG. Chance Moore is making a case for POY in the 6th region with his early season performance helping his team stake a claim as the favorite to win the 6th.
2) Butler (5-1)- The Bears were #4 last week, but with their victory of over #2 PRP this past week they deserve the jump replacing the Panthers as the #2 team. They also beat traditional power Bullitt East before ending the week with a head scratching loss to Central Hardin in the Bardstown Tip-Off Classic. Perhaps Butler was surprised by Central Hardin as they appear to be stronger now that PG Jaquay Wales is back after returning for his first game versus PRP where he led the Bears in scoring.
3) Valley (5-1)- Valley enjoyed a close win over 7th region Waggener 86-83 before losing a close one to 8th region Anderson County 66-68 during week 2. Last week Valley was ranked as the #5 team with a notation they could have been higher and it did not take long before they reached the #3 ranking spot. Sophomore Cameron Wilson continues to lead the Vikings in scoring.
4) PRP (3-1)- Despite losing to Butler in an overtime game, the Panthers still remain in the Top 4 of the region as they battle injuries earlier in the season than what one would expect. PRP is missing their 2 key players in the post and also have not had Gerald Gray available who was one of the most experienced returning starters. Before the New Year they should all return and give the Panthers a boost who are being led in scoring by Trey Hill early in the season.
5) Desales (4-1)- DeSales won 3 games this week including 2 games against 6th region foes, Southern & Iroquois. Although Southern & Iroquois are not top tier teams, they both appear to be better than expected. Jaxon Burgess continues to power the Colts scoring efforts.
6) Doss (2-2)- Doss only dropped slightly after it's week #1 loss to Fern Creek, but is sliding down again with a loss to Lexington Catholic who had struggled early in the season losing 4 in a row before getting the win over Doss at the PRTC Classic. Doss still has a 2-1 region record and faces Butler on Tuesday. Jaylon Hall & Stephon Franklin continue to lead the way for Doss.
7) Fairdale (3-2)- The Bulldogs own a 3-1 region record with victories over Southern, North Bullitt, and Holy Cross after losing to Butler in their season opener. Craig Ash has been a surprise name in the region as he leads Fairdale in scoring.
8) Jeffersontown (3-2)- The Chargers had a stark contrast of games against 7th region teams this week. Against Eastern HS they dropped a game losing by 33 points, but they rebounded to beat Manual 67-64 as Delvonte McCloud exploded for a 30+ point game in the big win.
9) Bullitt East (2-3)- BE is not used to a 2-3 start, but when the season ends it is still a possibility that BE could be one of the better teams in the region. They have some rebuilding to do and it will take time over the season to form an identity. Connor Green is scoring just under 20 PPG with Jared Osborne not far behind to form the nucleus of scoring for the Chargers.
10) Western (2-2)- It is so hard to know where Western should be placed. They do not lose to the teams ranked below them, but they are having trouble beating the teams to move higher in the rankings with losses already to PRP & Doss. They play DeSales this week on Tuesday which will be a great chance to rise in the rankings if they can win that game.
11) North Bullitt (3-2)- Losses already to DeSales & Fairdale, but missing their top scorer, Travis Dunnavan has not helped.
12) Holy Cross (2-2)- 0-2 in region play could quickly change with games this week against Valley & North Bullitt.
13) Moore (1-3)- Only 1 win on the season, but it was against rival 6th region team, Southern HS, in the most recent game by the score 90-81.
14) Iroquois (2-3)- This team is almost at their win total for all of last season and a big part of that is the addition of Damon Richardson.
15) Southern (0-4)- Even though they are 0-4, they are the best 0-4 team in the region. All losses have been against other 6th region foes.
16) Beth Haven (3-1)- Their only loss was to Valley by 18.
17) Bullitt Central (1-4)- 4 consecutive losses after a season opening win.
18) Evangel Christian (3-1)- Opening 6th region game is against Beth Haven on Monday night and could give Evangel their best chance to move up in the rankings with a win.
19) Whitefield Academy (1-2)- Win over Brown was a big one for the program. They play their first 6th region game this coming week against district foe Jeffersontown.