Blood in the Water

The first week, or Week 0 of the High School Football season is in the books. The 6A Class would have big questions to be answered and have a few teams smelling the blood in water like a shark. One of those questions answered was, ‘Could Trinity keep the 30 game win streak going?’ Another question would be, ‘Why are teams smelling blood in the water?’

The #1 Trinity Shamrocks would open their season on the road against a tough Carmel (IN) team. Trinity took an early lead in the 1st quarter, but Carmel stormed back with 10 unanswered points late in the 2nd quarter. Trinity would respond by punching in another touchdown just before halftime to go up 14-10. The teams traded a few punts to start the 2nd half before Carmel would add a score late in the 3rd to go up 17-14. Trinity would once again respond by adding another touchdown to go up 21-17 early in the 4th quarter. Trinity would have a chance to add more points but missed a field goal, leaving the door open. The teams would trades punts and Carmel would also throw an interception. Trinity could not capitalize on the Carmel mistake, giving the ball back to the home team for one last drive. Carmel would be facing a 3rd and 6 when they connected on a big pass play plus a roughing the passer penalty which it put the ball just outside the 20. The next play, Carmel almost threw a pick which would of sealed a victory for Trinity, but were given another chance. The very next play Carmel Quarterback found a wide open man on a slant to put them in the lead 24-21 with less than 30 seconds left in the game and seal the win ending the Shamrocks 30 game win streak.

#2 St. Xavier didn’t expect the early season to be so cruel and devastating, as they would lose their starting quarterback to injury before the first game. St. Xavier would open its season on the road against 2A power DeSales. The first quarter of this game would go scoreless, but DeSales would come up with a very important red zone stop on 4th down. Saint Xavier would eventually get on the board first, late in the 2nd quarter with a field goal to go up 3-0. DeSales would respond by driving it down the field and punching one in the end zone, putting DeSales up 7-3 with just 22 seconds left until halftime. St Xavier, instead of going to halftime down just 4 points, would gamble and throw a pick with 10 seconds left, giving DeSales another chance to score. DeSales would capitalize on the mistake by Saint Xavier by adding another touchdown, but would miss the extra point making the score 13-3 at halftime. St Xavier would come out in the 3rd quarter and drive the field with ease to cut the DeSales lead to 13-10. The defense would give St Xavier the ball back, where they would drive it down again, but would miss a field goal late in the 3rd, keeping the score at 13-10. The teams would trade punts until early in the 4th when St Xavier’s quarterback connected with Andre Coleman on a 74 yard touchdown pass to put Saint Xavier back in the lead, but the extra point would be missed, making it 16-13. DeSales would answer right back with a touchdown, but also missed the extra point, making it 19-16 after chewing up the clock and leaving just 4 minutes left in the 4th. Saint Xavier would have a chance to drive the field for the win, but a fumble would kill the drive giving DeSales the upset win. The loss for Saint Xavier would leave a few 6A teams smelling blood in the water after not only the number 1 team losing but the number 2 team as well.

#3 Scott County opened its season against North Bullitt were it would have no problem boasting a 56-13 win. Like Trinity, #4 Male would also cross the river into Indiana for its season opener against Floyd Central. Male would come out victorious in a 41-3 beatdown. #5 Butler opened with Bullitt East and made real quick work of the Chargers, posting a 49-0 win to round out the top 5 in 6A.

#6 Manual didn’t start its season off the way they wanted too. They posted an 18-0 loss to 3A power Louisville Central. The news didn’t get any better as they also lost their starting quarterback Zach Recktenwald for the season. #7 Frederick Douglass would make quick work out of Wayne County, posting a 48-10 running clock win. #8 Simon Kenton would open play with 6A Meade County, and get a big scare by holding off a late charge for a 29-28 win. #9 Central Hardin opened the season against Bowling Green at Western Kentucky University. The Bruins would give the #2 5A team a scare but would fall 20-13. #10 Ballard opened with the 2017 3A Champions, the Boyle County Rebels. Ballard went head to head with the beast, but turnovers would kill any chance they had of beating the defending 3A champs as they lost 35-21.

#11 Ryle opened at home against The Defending 5A Champs Covington Catholic. Ryle was no match for Covington Catholic as they put a running clock on the Raiders, losing 40-7. #12 Daviess County took on 2A Owensboro Catholic where they got down 20-0 before storming back for a 49-26 victory. #13 Madison Central opened its season at The Roy Kidd Bowl at Eastern Kentucky University against 4A Collins. The game was hard hitting and sloppy at times, but Madison Central came out on top with the 23-7 win. #14 Cooper would open with a revamped Highlands team who convincingly had no trouble giving Cooper a 36-7 loss. #15 McCracken County opened the season against 3A Paducah Tilghman. The game started out sloppy, with not much action but Paducah Tilghman would get things going and never look back, putting a 35-6 pounding on McCracken County and leaving the door open for some possible movement in the BluegrassPreps Top 15.