1A Notebook (9/11) - Indian Summer
We have all heard that term - Indian Summer. This week sure feels like Indian Summer as the heat cranks its way back up into the 90's. It is heating up on the football fields in 1A also, and I am not talking about the temperature. Teams now have 2 or 3 games under their belts and things are getting interesting. We started this season with the thought that 1A was Pikeville's class to run away with. That thought got a heat check this past week as the Paintsville Tigers put a serious scare into the Panthers, with Pikeville eeking out a 9-8 win.
That wasn't the only game where the heat got turned up on a 1A challenger. Campbellsville took on their rival Taylor County, the #9 ranked team in 3A, and suffered their first loss of the year 29-20. Newport Central Catholic crossed the Ohio River into Ohio and came back to Newport with a 41-14 thumping from a very tough Roger Bacon team. There were more ranked teams facing tough opponents as well.
If that doesn't feel like enough heat for a real Indian Summer, take a look at this week's schedule for the 1A top 10. The game of the week is #1 Pikeville facing another top 10 1A team this week in the #6 ranked Raceland Rams. The Rams need a good showing to reestablish their credentials and keep pace with district rival Paintsville. Almost every top 10 team is facing an opponent good enough to deliver a loss. The 1A rankings next week could have a very different look depending on what happens this weekend. We'll break down these matchups later in this week's notebook. First, let's take a quick look at last week's results.
Top ranked Pikeville had much more than they may have expected in their visit to #4 Paintsville. It was a defensive battle all the way. Paintsville led at halftime 8-6 and held that lead until Pikeville kicker Tanner Hamilton made good on a 26 yard field goal near the end of the third quarter. The Pikeville defense was able to make that 9-8 lead stand up for the win.
Campbellsville took their first loss of the season to rival Taylor County 29-20. Taylor County stuck to the ground, throwing only 6 passes in the game and outgaining Campbellsville 250-39 in rushing yards. That kept the ball away from Campbellsville's potent offensive weapons and avenged last year's loss to Campbellsville.
Williamsburg faced 2A Leslie County. Some thought this might be a test for Williamsburg but no problem for the Yellow Jackets as they rolled to a 44-13 win. QB Dalton Ponder did his thing going 19/27 and 256 yards passing plus 136 yards and 4 TD's rushing on just 9 carries.
We mentioned above the losses by #4 Paintsville and #5 Newport Central Catholic.
The 6th ranked Raceland Rams bounced back from last week's 41-0 thumping by 3A Russell with a resounding 42-7 win over 4A Rowan County, who entered that game 2-0 on the season. Rams QB Connor Hughes stepped into the void left by the injury to Jacob Heighton and went 11/18 for 127 yards and 4 TD's to lead the Rams to the much needed win.
Hazard coasted to their first win of the year with a 47-14 win over 2A Prestonsburg. QB Garrett Miller was 9/10 for 214 yards and 3 TD's.
Crittenden County stayed undefeated at 3-0 with a 50-6 win over 2A Ballard Memorial. Rockets QB Hunter Jones was 9/12 for 173 yards and 3 TD's.
Kentucky Country Day passed a test and stayed undefeated at 3-0 with a 41-39 win over 2A Washington County, giving the Commanders their first loss of the year. Nick Smith and Dorian Heard combined to rush for 286 yards in leading the Bearcats to the win.
Last week's #10 Lynn Camp lost a tough one to 2A Middlesboro, falling 28-27 in 2 overtimes. That loss knocked Lynn Camp out of the top 10.
That opened the door for Louisville Holy Cross to enter the top 10. The Cougars seized the opportunity and put a 42-15 whipping on 4A North Oldham. Luke Davis carried the ball 28 times for 154 yards for the Cougars.
Friday Night Lights
Check out the lineup this Friday!
1. Pikeville vs. #6 Raceland - For the second week in a row, the Panthers take on a top 10 1A opponent. This game will go a long ways to telling us how both these teams stand. The Rams are going to have their hands full in this one.
2. Campbellsville at 3A LaRue County - LaRue County was a 3A semifinalist last year, but they look to be struggling to get back to that level. If we compare scores from common opponent Taylor County, Campbellsville should get back on the winning track with a 2 TD or more win.
3. Paintsville vs. 5A East Jessamine - Paintsville gets no time to recuperate from that tough loss to Pikeville. East Jessamine is playing very good football. Paintsville should get the win but it will take another top notch effort.
4. Williamsburg vs. Frankfort - Frankfort is young and the numbers are low. Look for Williamsburg to roll on in this one.
5. Newport Central Catholic at 2A Walton Verona - This is a game to watch. Both of these teams are trying to find their groove. The Thoroughbreds have played some tough competition. Look for that strong schedule experience to pay off with the win.
6. Raceland at #1 Pikeville - See above.
7. Hazard at 3A Floyd Central - Class 1A has done very well in their games against 3A opponents this year. Look for that to continue with a big win by Hazard.
8. Crittenden County vs. 2A #7 Caldwell County - The new crew for Crittenden County has built their confidence with a 3-0 start, but they haven't seen any team near the quality of Caldwell County. If the Rockets somehow get the win in this one, it will be a major statement about their title hopes.
9. Kentucky Country Day vs. 5A Seneca - KCD puts their 3-0 record on the line against a 5A opponent, but the Bearcats should have no problem staying undefeated.
10. Louisville Holy Cross vs. 4A Holmes - This is another battle to watch. Holy Cross will need to bring their best effort to get the win and keep their place in the top 10. Holmes brings a 2-1 record into this game and will be a serious challenge. This is another toss up game for a 1A hopeful.
The Indian Summer heat will be on again this Friday for much of the top 10. Good luck to all the 1A teams this week.