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Business is picking up as we enter the middle of the regular season. A new team has joined this week's rankings and a couple of familiar faces in the top 5 picked up their first loss of the season. Will the rankings be shook up this week or will not much change at all? Shall we.........

Top Ten:

1. Scott County(6A, 4-1)- Scott County took one on the chin this past weekend in a major way when they hosted LaSalle(Cincinnati, OH). Scott County lost 37-7 as they were outmatched in every facet. Scott County will remain #1 for now as their resume still suggests that they are the best team in the Central Kentucky area. Next up for Scott County is a district matchup on the road against Bryan Station Friday night.

2. Frederick Douglass(6A, 5-0)-
Frederick Douglass made quick work of Madison Central last week as they won by the score of 42-7. Cameron Jones had another strong game as he had 421 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. Demarco Fishback added 2 rushing touchdowns to his season total and also had 94 yards rushing. Montaveon Bean had 124 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns and Dekel Crowdus added 103 yards receiving and a touchdown as well. Next up is a district matchup at home against Dunbar this Friday night.

3. Boyle County(3A, 5-0)-
Boyle County had another easy matchup against as they quickly dismissed Collins by the score of 40-13. Boyle County used a balanced attack as they had 3 touchdowns in the air and 3 touchdowns on the ground. The versatility on offense as well as a stable of contributors getting better every week is going to continue to make things difficult for all future Boyle County opponents. The Rebels will be without he services of Reese Smith for an unknown time but I anticipate the The Rebels will roll along. The Rebels will travel to North Hardin this Friday evening as they will face another challenge from a 6A school.

4. Lexington Catholic(3A, 4-1)- Lexington Catholic hosted traditional power Highlands last Friday night and Highlands proved to be too much for Lexington Catholic to handle as they fell 44-27. Lexington Catholic led 20-17 at the half but Highlands effectively shut them down in the second half. Lexington Catholic's season doesn't get any easier as they will travel to Louisville to face the 6A slayer, 2A power, DeSales this Friday night.

5. Anderson County(5A, 5-0)- Anderson County is still going strong after dismantling Franklin County by the score of 42-21. Charles Collins continues to dominate as he ran for 207 yards and 4 touchdowns. Brennon Maxberry pitched in with 118 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Jagger Gillis chipped in with 72 yards rushing and a touchdown. Anderson County is on their BYE this week and will next play on September 28th at home against Grant County.

6. Montgomery County(5A, 4-1)- Montgomery County moves to 4-1 on the year after cruising to victory over Fleming County. Montgomery County continues to gather momentum as they work to make a deep run in the playoffs. Next up for Montgomery County is their BYE week and then on September 28th they will face South Laurel at home.

7. Danville(2A, 2-3)- Danville continues to live off of the respect that their tradition allows them to have as they have a losing record but remain in the top ten. They picked up their second victory this past Friday with a 30-21 win over Waggener. The victory may have come at a cost as they have lost starting RB, Kishown Bartleson, for an extended amount of time due to injury. This is yet another obstacle for the Admirals to overcome as they inch closer to district play. Any sustained success will likely depend on the arms, legs and feet of QB Zach Thornton and the hands of WR Brennan McGuire. Next up for Danville is a road matchup against Garrard County this Friday night.

8. George Rogers Clark(6A, 3-2)-
George Rogers Clark rebounded from their loss to Montgomery County to defeat Grant County by the score of 55-18. Nitavius Thomas was shining once again as he had 170 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. Azariah Israel added 101 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns of his own as George Rogers Clark picked up their third victory of the season. Next up for George Rogers Clark is their BYE week and then they will travel to Boone County on September 28th for their next game.

9. Lincoln County(5A, 4-1)- Lincoln County joins the ranks of the top ten this week after recording a 28-14 victory against Mercer County this past weekend. Darius Napier did a little bit of everything to help secure the victory as he had 81 yards rushing, 3 rushing touchdowns, 21 yards receiving, 7 total tackles, 1 forced fumble and a fumble recovery that he returned for 48 yards. Lincoln County has now won four straight games and they will look to make it five in a row after they complete their BYE week this week and return to action on September 28th against Larue County on the road.

10. Madison Central(6A, 3-2)- Madison Central was obliterated by Frederick Douglass last Friday night by the score of 42-7. Facing a superior opponent they had a tough time getting anything going against the Frederick Douglass defense. Whether they learned from the game remains to be seen but at the least it was a humbling moment for a team looking to make a statement in the Central Kentucky area this season. Madison Central will travel to Bourbon County this Friday night as they look to regain some momentum heading into district play.

Teams on the Rise:

West Jessamine(4A, 3-2)- West Jessamine is still on the Watchlist even though they don't have what I would call a signature win. Time will tell if they deserve to be ranked in the top ten. They put away Nelson County last week and they will begin district play this weekend in a tough matchup against Taylor County.

Taylor County(4A, 3-1)- I'm honestly not sure if Taylor County is considered a Central Kentucky team but they are in the same district as Mercer County and East and West Jessamine so I'll keep them all together. Taylor County likely has the most impressive wins amongst the Teams on the Rise so I definitely have an eye on them going forward. They face district foe and fellow Team on the Rise, West Jessamine, this Friday night.

Lexington Christian(2A, 3-2)- Don't look now but Lexington Christian is coming. They had a good win against an undefeated Walton-Verona team last weekend and they look to carry on that success this weekend against Kentucky Country Day. The Prepspin announcers said during the Lexington Catholic/Highlands broadcast that Lexington Christian is looking forward to playing Danville. IMO they better be focused on Somerset before Danville.

Six Degrees of Separation:

Just a quick observation of the season so far. East Jessamine has one win this season and it is against #6 Montgomery County. East Jessamine lost 34-31 against Garrard County. Garrard County lost 49-0 against Mercer County and 35-20 against #9 Lincoln County. #9 Lincoln County defeated Mercer County 28-14 and they also defeated East Jessamine 38-28. Yes, the same East Jessamine that only has one win this season against #6 Montgomery County.

Last Week’s Game of the Week:

Highlands 44
Lexington Catholic 27

Lexington Catholic seemingly had control of this game early as they jumped out to an early lead and led 20-17 at the half. Things changed once the second half began as the Highlands defense took over the game and made the Lexington Catholic offense a non factor. Using a nonstop pass rush the Bluebirds never allowed Beau Allen to get comfortable in the pocket and it had an effect on his efficiency. A fumble return for a touchdown all but sealed the deal for Highlands in the fourth quarter. Grady Cramer looked to be the more steady hand at the QB position as he completed 18-26 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown. This was a great game to watch via an outstanding picture from the men at Prepspin as the Game of the Week lived up to its billing this past week.

Game of the Week:

Lexington Catholic at DeSales:

Lexington Catholic once again is the beneficiary of being the Game of the Week. This week they will face the giant killer, 2A power, DeSales, on the road in Louisville. DeSales has taken down St. Xavier and Butler this year and while Lexington Catholic isn’t a 6A school this game will provide a decent measuring stick for Lexington Catholic and for DeSales. DeSales is known for having a stingy defense and if they plan to win the title in 2A this is the kind of game they need to make them better. The same is true for Lexington Catholic. If they plan to defeat Boyle County this year then this game will help them get to where they need to be to make defeating Boyle County a reality. This should be a good game and one to keep an eye on this Friday night.

Wandale Robinson Watch:

Last week vs. Frankfort:

242 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns
27 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
1 punt return touchdown
1 two point conversion
5 total tackles(1 tackle for loss)
1-1 passing, 6 yards

Yearly stats to date:

6 yards passing
813 yards rushing, 9 touchdowns
22 yards receiving, 4 touchdowns
2 punt return touchdowns
15 total touchdowns
33 total tackles(1 tackle for loss)
1 interception

Player of the Week:

Charles Collins-Anderson County- 16 carries, 207 yards, 4 touchdowns

Top Performers:

Cameron Jones-Frederick Douglass- 21-27, 421 yards, 3 touchdowns

Jayden Barnhardt-Lexington Christian- 18-24, 286 yards, 4 touchdowns

Taveon Dean-East Jessamine- 14 carries, 229 yards, 1 touchdown

Nick Broyles-Franklin County- 30-49, 365 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 16 carries, 136 yards rushing