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Rough Night for the Top Flight in Class 3A

After last week's Bluegrasspreps.com Class 3A Top Ten was released, the question was posed by a commenter wondering what would happen if every team in the rankings were to lose. On Friday night that question nearly became a reality as five of the top six teams lost and the only non-loser was also a non-winner, with Bell County on their open week.

Before we criticize too sharply, however, every loss was a "good" loss, meaning that each team played competitively against a top tier opponent. Top-ranked Christian Academy of Louisville (3-1) fell in overtime to 6A #5 Ballard. The loss broke an 18-game winning streak for the Centurions. CAL pitched shutouts in each of their first two games but allowed 20 points last week to an undermanned Eastern squad and another 40 against Ballard. They schedule gets no easier as they travel to 4A #1 Boyle County next week. CAL is certainly among the best in the class but some early season concerns are starting to become evident.

Meanwhile, in a Catholic school battle in Lexington, second-ranked DeSales lost to 4A #3 Lexington Catholic, 34-31. DeSales (1-2) fell down early and trailed by two touchdowns before mounting a comeback that resulted in a lead going into the fourth quarter. It wasn't enough, though, as LexCath scored and then stopped a late DeSales drive deep in Knights territory. DeMarcus Avery led the Colts with 120 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Belfry took their show on the road and was shut out, dropping a 14-0 decision at Kettering Alter, just outside of Dayton, Ohio. The Pirates defense was lights out with the exception of two big plays, but that was enough to give Alter the win. Belfry (2-1) compiled only 117 total yards of offense and were without running back Isaac Dixon, who suffered a mild ankle injury but is expected to be back next week against Class 1A #1 Pikeville.

Fifth-ranked Ashland lost for the first time in 2019, dropping a 34-33 nail biter in overtime to Wheelersburg (Ohio). Ashland (3-1) took an early lead but were caught just before halftime. After that, a long weather delay led to a longer game, with the outcome in doubt headed to overtime. Ashland's Blake Hester scored on the Tomcats' overtime possession but was then stopped on the two-point conversion attempt. Wheelersburg then scored and booted the extra point, giving the Tigers the thrilling win.

Finally, number six Elizabethtown (2-2) was blitzed by 6A #9 Central Hardin, losing to the Bruins 57-40. The fifty-seven points were the most allowed by Elizabethtown since giving up 63 in a loss to DeSales in 2012. E-town's offense had no trouble moving the ball, rushing for 333 yards as a team, 174 of those plus three touchdowns from Joseph Becherer. The defense will have to shore things up going forward into a district schedule that looks tougher every week and includes Bardstown and Larue County.

So what does it all mean? Probably not much. Every loss was a toss-up going in and competitive going out. If anything, it probably just reassures the commonwealth that the road to a state championship in Class 3A will be hotly contested all season.

East Carter Wins Battle for the Barrel, Remains Undefeated

It's no secret that football has never been the premier sport at East Carter. The Raiders have twice been to the state basketball tournament and won a state baseball crown in 1984. Football hasn't had a winning season since 2005, has only won four playoff games in school history, and has never advanced past the second round. It looks like that might all be changing.

East Carter used a 14-point third quarter, 143 passing yards and a touchdown from Braden Hicks, and held on tight in the fourth to beat county rival West Carter, 39-34, and take home the "Barrel" the two schools play for for the first time since 2013. East Carter is now 4-0 for the first time since 1994.

"That feels great," East Carter coach Tim Champlin told the Ashland Daily Independent. "Im happy for the kids, our school and the community. To get this one off our back is special. A lot of alumni were coming up and hugging me." (Barrelin’ through: East beats West, 39-34 | Sports | dailyindependent.com).

The celebrations will need to end quickly for East Carter, as the Raiders face consecutive road trips to Fleming County and Tolsia (WV) before entering a brutal district stretch against Ashland, Greenup County, and Russell. But for just one night in Grayson, the folks were celebrating once more like it was 1994.

Trigg County Making Noise in Western Kentucky

An old school power that hasn't had much to crow about in recent years is starting to win at an old school clip. Trigg County improved to 4-0 on the season with a blistering 40-6 win at Ballard Memorial in a game that for the fourth time in four games featured a running clock for the Wildcats.

Trigg scored four times in their first six plays with Tayshaun Barker leading the way with a 54-yard touchdown run and 63-yard touchdown reception. On the evening Trigg piled up 388 yards of total offense. Quarterback Cam Jordan threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns.

Competition levels increase starting next week as Trigg hosts Murray and then Paducah Tilghman. They have a road game at 1A power Crittenden County and home games to finish the year with Union County and Caldwell County. If the Wildcats can keep the momentum from their first four games the eyes of Kentucky will shift dramatically to Cadiz.