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In week 7, district play was in full swing and 3 of the top 5 in the rankings had their open week. That made for a slow week in 1A but there were two upsets to note.

First, Kentucky Country Day made a big statement with a 34-0 shutout win over Louisville Holy Cross. Even though both teams entered the game with 4-2 records, Holy Cross was the 10-14 point favorite based on a higher strength of schedule. Country Day made some adjustments on both sides of the ball and showed Holy Cross different looks than what they planned for. That caught Holy Cross off guard and Country Day jumped to a lead. That made it more difficult for the Holy Cross offense as they are not a come from behind team. This district win put Country Day in the driver's seat for the #1 seed in the playoffs. Frankfort visits them in 2 weeks with the district title on the line in that one.

The second upset was Bishop Brossart getting a easier than expected win versus Bracken County. The Polar Bears traveled to Alexandria riding a four game winning streak and a big come from behind win over last year's district champs, Paris. The Mustangs took no warning from that and rolled to a 33-13 win. Even more impressive is the Mustangs got the win after losing starting QB Chase Keller to injury in the first half. This win has Brossart knocking on the door to the top 10 but they will need to back this win with one over Paris this week if they want to make that leap in the rankings.

Top Players in 1A

This week let's take a look at some of the top players in 1A. The stats provided are a week behind; they do not include last Friday's games.

Running Backs

Cory Smith, Hazard - Smith is the leading rusher in 1A. He is averaging 177 yards per game and is tied with Paintsville's Kent Phelps at 14 TD's scored.

Justin Blackburn, Ludlow - Blackburn is averaging 160 yards per game and has scored 11 TD's. He started the year at QB but was moved to RB.

Kent Phelps, Paintsville – Phelps is averaging 10 yards per carry and is tied with Smith for the lead in rushing TD’s at 14.

Elijah Montero, Eminence – Montero leads 1A averaging 14 yards per carry and has scored 12 TD’s.

Johnny Drumgole, Russellville – Second only to Montero, Drumgole rushes for a little over 12 yards per carry.


Nathaniel Davidson, Raceland – Davidson leads 1A with 18 TD passes and in yards per game at 252. He is also completing 63.3% of his passes.

Chase Keller, Brossart – Second only to Davidson at 203 yards per game, Keller has 16 TD passes and is completing 50.6% of his passes.

Wyatt Battaile, Pikeville – Battaile was considered the top QB in 1A entering the season and he has not disappointed. He has thrown for 13 TD passes and thrown only 2 interceptions. Battaile is over 1,000 yards passing on the season completing 56.7% of his passes.

Brayden Burch, Beechwood – Burch is averaging just under 200 yards passing per game and is carrying the load offensively for Beechwood. He is completing close to 58% of passes.

Aaron Maggard, Paris – Maggard also is over 1,000 yards passing on the season averaging 183 yards per game. The most impressive stat for Maggard is 14 TD passes against only 4 interceptions.


John Cherry, Raceland – Raceland is leading the way in passing stats this year and Cherry is at the top of the list in both receptions with 50, and in yards at 664.

Cameron Webb, Raceland – Right behind teammate Cherry with 574 yards receiving, Cherry averages 18.5 yards per reception.

Jekobi Wells, Paris – Third in yards with 493, Wells averages an impressive 26 yards per reception.

Bryce Donnelly, Brossart – Donnelly leads all 1A receivers with 10 TD receptions and is just a notch behind Wells in yards per reception at 25.8.

Game of the Week

Holy Cross (Louisville) at Frankfort - Holy Cross had a stunning district loss to Ky. Country Day last week but they get no break in the schedule this week as they travel to Frankfort. Frankfort has won their last two games and hopes to make it 3 in a row this week. It won't be easy against Holy Cross who beat them 31-0 last year and has played a very tough schedule. This is a must win for Holy Cross.