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We have reached the final week of the district play. There have been some interesting twists and turns and we have some big games this final week. Let's review 1A from a district review angle this week.





District 1

As expected, this district comes down to the final week - #4 Russellville at Crittenden Co. A weak schedule has kept Crittenden Co. from getting into the top 10 in 1A, but if you look closely their schedule is just as strong as Russellville's. Most are expecting an easy win for Russellville in this one but I think it will be closer than most expect and Crittenden County could even pull off an upset if they get some breaks.

District 2

Last week was where the showdown happened in this district. Bethlehem squeaked out a win over then #7 Campbellsville, 14-13, to take the district crown - assuming no miraculous upsets this week. That win give Bethlehem home field advantage, an advantage they will need to help them get to round 3 of the playoffs.

District 3

In a big win over Frankfort, #10 ranked Holy Cross wrapped up the district title as they are huge favorites this week vs Eminence. That game last week also ended Frankfort's 10 year district game winning streak. Frankfort will be battling Ky. Country Day for the #2 seed this week, and trying to avoid back to back district losses for the first time since 2002. A Coach Foley Frankfort team has never lost back to back district games.

District 4

There is no drama this year in district 4. The #1 ranked Beechwood Tigers easily disposed of this year's top district contender, Ludlow, by a score of 62-6. With 1 win Dayton visiting Beechwood this week, the Tigers appear a lock for for their 12th straight district title. There is an interesting battle for the 2 seed with Ludlow hosting Bellevue.

District 5

This district is another one that had its title deciding game played last week. The upstart #9 Brossart Mustangs traveled to #5 Paris with hopes of keeping the dream season rolling and getting a district title. Alas, it was not to be as the Greyhounds proved too much winning 34-21. That was a very important game for playoff reasons as well because as the district winner Paris will not face #2 Paintsville before round 3 of the playoffs. On the other hand, Brossart is going to have a difficult round one opponent and a big obstacle to getting a playoff win.

District 6

This district has been dubbed the "Super District" and it has not disappointed. Last week #6 Fairview sprung a 24-22 upset win over rival and now #7 Raceland. Now Raceland needs to spring an upset of their own over a well rested undefeated #2 Paintsville team to avoid finishing last in the district.

District 7

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the "Super District", District 7 has no teams ranked in the top 15 in 1A. Harlan can go undefeated in the district with a win this week over Pineville. That win might get them into the top 15. If Pineville can post an upset, this district will be in tiebreak mode with Pineville, Harlan and Williamsburg all tied for the title.

District 8

This district is all about #3 Pikeville and #8 Hazard as the other teams in the district are having woeful seasons. Those two played in the district opener two weeks ago preventing any end of the season drama. Pikeville was the clear winner in that game and is looking very strong headed into the playoffs.

Most districts are decided but we have two big games this week whose results will have a major implications for the playoffs - #4 Russellville at Crittenden County and #2 Paintsville vs. #7 Raceland. After Friday the district winners and playoff seeds will be decided and then it will be playoff tuneup week.