2012 Kentucky High School Football Class 6A Playoff Preview
So much for the suspense.
The Shamrocks enter the postseason as perhaps the biggest favorite to win a state title in history. Not exactly the parity the KHSAA was looking for when the opted for six class football several years ago.
The one team that could come within three touchdowns of them, St. Xavier, will be gone after round three, making the path to Trinity’s 22nd state title and seventh in nine years that much easier.
Trinity should roll through George Rogers Clark in the first round and Manual in the second round before a return engagement with St X in the region finals.
Trinity beat the Tigers 34-7 back on September 28 and have won four straight vs. St. X. This will be the sixth straight year that the teams have met in the playoffs, with Trinity 4-1 in the previous 5. Incredibly, the all-time series is tied 36-36-2.
Prediction: Trinity 35 St. Xavier 7
So what do we say about Lexington and northern Kentucky 6A?
Neither region had a team stand head and shoulders above the rest. Simon Kenton (7-3) shot out of the gate with six straight wins and a top 10 ranking before sputtering down the stretch, losing three of the last four and slipping to third place in the district.
They will face a Bryan Station team that could be the sleeper in the bracket. Like Simon Kenton, the Defenders began strong before losing three of their last five games. While Bryan Station (6-4) has a potent offense, don’t be surprised if someone hangs half-a-hundred on them.
It likely won’t be Campbell County (6-4) or Paul Laurence Dunbar (3-7). The Camels should have no trouble with Dunbar, but has had trouble stopping athletic teams this year.
Scott County (9-1) should be the heavy favorite on their side of the bracket and should have no trouble dispatching of Ryle (3-7) and Dixie Heights (3-7).
Prediction: Scott County 51 Bryan Station 24
The interesting part of the Class 6A bracket will be seeing who comes out of the west to face the Rocks in Bowling Green.
Ballard (7-3) should have no trouble making it past the first two rounds, although Oldham County (4-6) should await a return shot at the Bruins in the second round after losing 21-14 in district play.
Henderson County (8-2) breezed through a weak district and has gotten better every year with Clay Clevenger at the helm. The Colonels will have a tough task beating Eastern (8-2). Henderson County has never beaten a Jefferson County school past the first round other than beating PRP last year in the second round.
Henderson’s main task would be to contain Eastern quarterback Cody Wolfe, who has thrown for over 2,200 yards. Both teams give up around 18 points a game, although Eastern’s schedule was slightly tougher than Henderson’s slate.
Prediction: Henderson County 17 Ballard 10
Butler (7-3) has the only first round bye in the 6A playoffs. And after they laid an egg in a 15-3 loss to Meade County last week, which may not be a good thing.
Ironically, Butler will likely face Meade (6-4) after the bye week, so it’s interesting to see just how much the Bears showed in their loss last week.
On the other side of the bracket, Pleasure Ridge Park (10-0) just wrapped up their first undefeated regular season since 1984 when Corky Perkins roamed the sidelines. The Panthers will be looking to avoid an early exit unlike that season.
PRP has flown under the radar for most of the year until late season wins over Butler and Central turned some heads. A likely second round game with Central Hardin (4-6) should be enough for PRP to advance to their first region title game since 1976.
Prediction: Pleasure Ridge Park 34 Butler 28
Semifinals Prediction: Trinity 49 Scott County 7
Pleasure Ridge Park 37 Henderson County 31
Championship Prediction: Trinity 49 Pleasure Ridge Park 0
Last edited by DragonFire; Nov 1, 12 at 03:43 PM.