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DeSales beats CAL in Yet Another Classic

One of the best rivalries in recent years has pitted DeSales and Christian Academy of Louisville. Placed in the same district for the first time in 2005, their annual matchup (or matchups, as they've met nine times in the postseason) has typically yielded a battle that comes down to the wire. Friday night was no different as DeSales watched a fourth down catch by CAL be ruled out of bounds which allowed the Colts to win, 35-28 in double overtime.

"This was definitely a classic game," DeSales coach Harold Davis told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "We knew this was going to be a battle. It is every time we play them."

"You like playing football and you want to win, but you also want to have a good game and not just beat a team by 50," DeSales defensive end Demetri Scott said in the same article. "You want to have a challenge and today we got a challenge." (Desales football beats Christian Academy of Louisville in overtime)

DeSales, ranked #1 in Class 3A, jumped to a quick lead behind a 73 yard James Johnson touchdown run and a DeMarcus Avery touchdown catch. However, CAL quarterback Anthony Sabatino scored twice on short runs to knot the score at 14. It would be tied at 28 at the end of regulation and neither team scored in the first overtime period. A second touchdown pass to Avery gave DeSales (5-2)the lead in the second overtime before CAL's winning attempt came down out of bounds.

The win sets up a matchup between DeSales and Mercer County on October 25 that should determine who gets the top seed in District 4 in the playoffs. The loss all but assures CAL, ranked 8th in Class 3A, the three seed and a road playoff game in the first round. And while CAL (4-4) has lost four of their last five, dropping them from the top of the 3A rankings, their performance in both district losses shows the Centurions will still be a force to reckon with in the postseason.

Ashland, Russell both Cruise on Way to District Showdown

Ashland and Russell, two schools located only 6.5 miles from each other will meet this Friday with first place in the district on the line. Ashland, long a larger school than Russell, was dropped to Class 3A in the most recent KHSAA alignment, placing the Tomcats and Red Devils in the same district. The last time the two programs met with this much at stake was November 3, 1989, when Ashland topped Russell, 32-14.

Ashland (6-1) got to this point with a workman-like 35-13 victory over East Carter. Blake Hester scored from 13 yards out in the first quarter and Keontae Pittman from one yard out in the second quarter to give the Tomcats a 14-0 halftime lead. Hester then scored on the first play of the third quarter, after which the teams traded scores to set the final margin.

Meanwhile, Russell (6-1) was having no trouble on the road against Greenup County, rolling the Musketeers, 42-0. Russell dominated early holding Greenup County, who entered the game leading Class 3A in passing yards, to a mere four yards in the first half. The shutout was the second of the season for the Red Devils, who are allowing only 7.1 points per game.

Championship, er- Top Seed Weekend

With the new football postseason plan put in place by the KHSAA for this season, no longer is a district champion crowned based on regular season standings. Instead, district championship trophies will be awarded after the second round of the playoffs. This weekend is the first of two marquee dates on the calendar in which the all-important number one seed in district play will be up for grabs.

In District 7, as mentioned above, third-ranked Ashland will travel to seventh-ranked Russell in what should be a classic matchup. Both the Tomcats and Red Devils have a single loss on the season, each coming in close competition against teams from Ohio. Russell leads Class 3A in scoring defense while Ashland is seventh. Ashland has won four straight in the series, including last season's 41-0 blowout.

District 2's top placement will be on the line when Taylor County visits Glasgow. Both teams sit just outside the Bluegrasspreps.com Class 3A rankings with the winner poised to jump back in. Glasgow is 6-1 and outscoring opponents by nearly five touchdowns per game. The only blemish on the Scotties' card is a 21-20 loss to 5A power South Warren. Taylor has been nearly as dominant, rolling to a 6-1 record with the only loss coming at 6A Simon Kenton. Both clubs are new to Class 3A but not to success as Glasgow was a 2A region finalist and Taylor County a 4A state semifinalist in 2018.

Far western Kentucky's top seed will likely be determined when Union County travels to Paducah Tilghman in a District 1 showdown. Tilghman is the heavy favorite and will again rely on their two-headed rushing tandem of Damien Ford and Jayden Freeman. The two have combined to average 244 yards per game rushing and they've accumulated 30 total touchdowns. Union County's last win over Paducah Tilghman was in 2009.