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Class 1A

It has been said that when two freight trains are on a collision course you can see the tracks shaking between them. If this is true, expect to see the tracks shaking in Class 1A as both defending State Champion Beechwood and Runner-Up Hazard are loaded for bear and seemingly on a collision course. The two favorites will take it easy in Week 0 and then go full steam ahead in Week 1. Paintsville and Kentucky Country Day each have dreams of derailment and will begin their journey against schools from much larger classifications. Raceland and Russellville each draw tough openers, and Pikeville looks to put a frustrating off-season in their rear view with a reigning 2A Semi-Finalist.

1. Beechwood -- OPEN
2. Hazard -- OPEN
3. Paintsville at 3A Estill County
4. Kentucky Country Day at 5A Atherton
5. Williamsburg vs. Jellico (TN)
6. Raceland vs. 3A Lawrence County (8/19)
7. Russellville at 2A #10 Glasgow
8. Louisville Holy Cross vs. 5A Bullitt Central at Fairdale (8/19)
9. Pikeville vs. 2A Covington Holy Cross
10. Bracken County at Switzerland County (IN)

Class 2A

This is about to be a loaded top tier of Class 2A and the top contenders have no problem stepping up in Week 0 to begin an exciting season. Each of the Top 6 teams will play opponents capable of beating them with a few 6A foes and a Tennessee powerhouse among the lot. Walton-Verona and Glasgow both have questions to answer to validate their rankings and will each have a platform against solid season openers as well.

1. Danville vs. 6A Frederick Douglass (8/19)
2. Christian Academy- Louisville vs. 5A #8 South Oldham
3. Lexington Christian Academy vs. 3A Waggener (8/19)
4. DeSales vs. 6A #10 Ballard
5. Mayfield at Union City (TN)
6. Owensboro Catholic vs. 6A Daviess County
7. Newport Central Catholic at 4A Scott
8. Somerset vs. 4A Bourbon County at Lincoln County
9. Walton-Verona at 4A East Jessamine
10. Glasgow vs. 1A #7 Russellville

Class 3A

For the first time in a long while you can legitimately say that Class 3A appears to be a wide-open race. Though the reigning 4-time Champs will wait a week to show what they are bringing to the table, the rest of the Class 3A Top 10 opens in what might be the most exciting opening week this class has enjoyed in recent memory. Literally every game brings a story line or a marquee match-up. Probably the two most anticipated games will feature Central taking on perennially strong 6A Manual and Boyle County testing the progress of their youth against ever-athletic John Hardin. Western Hills is a bit of newcomer to Top 10 status and will immediately be asked to validate themselves against their County rival.

1. Belfry -- OPEN
2. Corbin at 5A Whitley County (8/19)
3. Elizabethtown at 4A #5 Franklin-Simpson
4. Central at 6A #8 DuPont Manual
5. Lexington Catholic at 6A Madison Central (8/19)
6. Boyle County vs. 4A #7 John Hardin at Mercer County (8/19)
7. Russell -- OPEN
8. Caldwell County vs. 5A #2 Christian County
9. Paducah Tilghman at 6A McCracken County (8/19)
10. Western Hills at 4A Franklin County

Class 4A

The story line for Week 0 in Class 4A is how will the Class’ Top 10 fare against 5A. Of the eight teams beginning action, five will do battle with the next class higher, with the headliner being Hopkinsville challenging Brandon Smith’s South Warren squad. Franklin-Simpson and John Hardin both draw 3A teams with Title aspirations. Defending Champs Johnson Central will take the opportunity to scrimmage and scout.

1. Johnson Central -- OPEN
2. Wayne County vs. 5A Woodford County at Danville (8/19)
3. Collins vs. 5A Madison Southern at Madison Central (8/19)
4. Franklin-Simpson vs. 3A Elizabethtown
5. Ashland at 5A Harlan County (8/19)
6. John Hardin vs. 3A Boyle County at Mercer County (8/19)
7. Hopkinsville at 5A South Warren
8. Mercer County vs. Harrison County (8/19)
9. Rockcastle County -- OPEN
10. Shelby County at 5A Fairdale (8/19)

Class 5A

Is this the year that the “Great Purple Reign of Terror” comes to an end? The opportunity to make a statement will come early for Christian County and Covington Catholic against ranked foes from other classes. Bowling Green has their own fish to fry in 6A North Hardin. South Oldham may take issue with their ranking outside of the Top 5, despite a Semi-Finals appearance. However, if the Dragons want to earn immediate respect, a Week 0 meeting with the Class 2A State Champs will certainly be a nice feather for their cap. All told, half of the Top 10 will draw teams from the State’s largest classification.

1. Bowling Green vs. 6A North Hardin (8/19) at Western Kentucky University
2. Christian County at 3A #8 Caldwell County
3. Covington Catholic vs. 6A #5 Ryle
4. Owensboro at 4A Madisonville- North Hopkins
5. Fern Creek vs. 6A Seneca
6. Doss at 6A Jeffersontown
7. Greenwood at 4A Warren Central
8. South Oldham at 2A #2 Christian Academy- Louisville
9. Southwestern vs. Northwest (TN)
10. Dixie Heights at 6A Campbell County

Class 6A

It’s the Bluegrass vs. the Hoosiers to set the tone in Kentucky’s top tier. The Big 3 will each host a cross river foe. Trinity will draw the perennial large school super power Carmel Greyhounds in what will be one of Kentucky’s highest profile Interstate challenges. Ryle has high hopes as the NKY delegate in Class 6A, but any hope of competing will require a good showing against a very good Covington Catholic team. Ballard and DuPont Manual each will draw Title Contenders from lower classes as well, while both Lafayette and Simon Kenton will get their feet wet while sticking within the Class 6A ranks.

1. Trinity vs. Carmel (IN)
2. Saint Xavier vs. Cathedral (IN)
3. Male vs. Floyd Central (IN)
4. Scott County vs. 5A North Bullitt
5. Ryle at 5A #3 Covington Catholic
6. Lafayette vs. Bryan Station
7. Simon Kenton at Meade County
8. DuPont Manual vs. 3A #4 Central
9. Pleasure Ridge Park at 4A Valley
10. Ballard at 2A #4 DeSales