1A Notebook 9/19 - Spotlight on the the Other Guys
As mid season is upon us, it is a good time to turn the spotlight on some teams outside the top ten who we have not talked about much this year. But before we get to that, let's take a quick look at what happened last week.
1. Beechwood LOST at 5A #1 Covington Catholic 14-49
.......... The Tigers jumped on top and hung with the powerful Colonels for a little over a quarter before Covington Catholic did their thing. The Tigers did accomplish something no Kentucky team had done in two years against the Colonels - they avoided a running clock.
2. Pikeville LOST vs. 3A #4 Belfry 21-36
.......... Pikeville battled the Pirates and kept the game close for a half. Belfry was able to gradually pull away in the second half. Strong showing for Pikeville despite the loss.
3. Raceland WON vs. Valley OH 60-28
.......... An expected easy win for the Ramblin' Rams.
4. Hazard --- OPEN
5. Paintsville WON at #9 Williamsburg 19-13
.......... Paintsville worked their way to a 19-6 lead. A pick 6 by Eli Mattingly tightened things up late, but the Tigers hung on for a good win that solidified their #5 ranking.
6. Campbellsville (3-1) WON vs. 2A Monroe County 55-22
.......... Domination by the Eagles with QB Arren Hash throwing for 270 yards and 4 TD's.
7. Crittenden County (3-1) WON vs. 2A Webster County 48-13
.......... The Rockets kept pace with the Eagles as their QB Hunter Boone threw for 325 yards and 4 TD's.
8. Louisville Holy Cross WON at Paris 26-0
.......... Holy Cross makes another statement that they are not a team to be overlooked.
9. Williamsburg LOST vs. #5 Paintsville 13-19
.......... See above.
10. Ludlow LOST at 2A Newport 19-43
.......... Ludlow's stay in the top ten is short lived as the resurgent Newport Wildcats hand the Panthers their first loss of the year.
The rankings aren't all about wins and losses. Strength of schedule plays a big part in the rankings. But let's forget about the strength of schedule for a second and shine the spotlight at some teams that are posting winning seasons.
Lynn Camp - One of two undefeated teams left in 1A, Lynn Camp has been making steady progress each of the last 4 years. Since 2014, the Wildcats' records have improved from 2-9, to 4-7, to 6-5, to 8-4 with a playoff win last year. Now the Wildcats are 4-0 and have moved to number 10 in the rankings. Led by Sr. RB Dalton Cook who is the leading rusher in 1A, Lynn Camp has posted one win over a decent opponent, 3A Floyd Central, whose only loss on the year is to Lynn Camp. They will get a test in two weeks versus Clinton County but most likely they will be undefeated when they face Williamsburg in week 9.
Fulton County - The other undefeated team in 1A is the Fulton County Pilots. Regardless of what happens the rest of the year, with four wins this season the Pilots have equaled their total number of wins in the previous four years. Also led by a RB, Jr. Caleb Kimble is number 2 to Cook in 1A in rushing. First year coach James Bridges deserves credit for turning the Pilots ship in a positive direction.
Pineville - The Mountain Lions have roared out to a 4-1 start. They are also led by a RB who is piling up the yards, Sr. Matt Golden. Golden is number 4 in the 1A rushing stats. Their only loss came at the hands of the strongest opponent they faced to date - the Paris Greyhounds. With two games versus out of state opponents before they enter district play, the Mountain Lions are looking to challenge Lynn Camp and Williamsburg for the district title.
Bellevue - Another 4-1 team featuring a top rusher is the Bellevue Tigers. Sr. Will Ryan sits at number 3 in the 1A rushing stats. The most noteworthy win for the Tigers is a 28-20 victory over 3-1 Bishop Brossart. The Tigers get a tough match this week against 2A Newport who just posted a win over then #10 Ludlow.
Nicholas County - The Bluejackets feature one of the top 2 way threat QB's in 1A, Sr. Isaac Fryman. They were rolling along undefeated until last week's loss to 3A West Carter. They opened their season by pinning the only defeat of the year on the above mentioned Bellevue Tigers. This week they get challenged by another one loss team, Bishop Brossart.
Bishop Brossart - The Mustangs posted a nice win over those Newport Wildcats mentioned a couple of times above. That is Newport's only loss of the year. Brossart's one loss was to the Bellevue Tigers. Sr. QB Tyler MacDonald leads the Mustangs.The Mustangs start their district run this week against Nicholas County.
Phelps - Similar to Brossart, this was a program on the brink of extinction a couple of years ago. Coach David Jones now has Phelps thinking win as they sit with 3-1 record, with their only loss coming last week to a team from West Virginia. This is the same start against the same opponents last year. The Hornets hope to change that trend up when they take on Fairview this week. Last year that was a close 32-30 loss.
Bracken County - We have one more one loss team in 1A outside the top ten - the Bracken County Polar Bears. Sr. RB Tad Fisher was the top returning RB in 1A entering the season, but with a brand new line in front of him the going has been tougher this year. This week the Polar Bears face Dayton before heading into district play.
1. Beechwood at 2A Covington Holy Cross at Scott (9/22)
2. Pikeville at Point Pleasant (WV)
3. Raceland at Portsmouth West (OH)
4. Hazard vs. 2A Prestonsburg
5. Paintsville vs. 3A Lawrence County
6. Campbellsville at Fort Knox
7. Crittenden County vs. 3A Union County
8. Louisville Holy Cross vs. Providence (IN)
9. Williamsburg vs. Ludlow
10. Lynn Camp vs. Jellico (TN)
Nice article @voiceofreason