Bluegrasspreps' Eastern Kentucky Power Rankings 9-3
1. Corbin Redhounds (3A, 3-0)- The Hounds continued to flex their muscles by overwhelming Pulaski County. Corbin now gets their stiffest challenge of the year as they host the #1 team in Class 1A Beechwood. The Tigers defeated Corbin last year.
2. Johnson Central Golden Eagles (4A, 1-1)- Johnson Central got off the mat from a season opening loss and took down 6A Henry Clay. The Eagles' Offense still sin't quite humming the way they like, they will look to get on the same page against South Charleston, WV.
3. Belfry Pirates (3A, 1-1)- Belfry got back in the win column by putting a running clock on 6A Bryan Station. Belfry hosts the always stout 2A Newport Central Catholic Throughbreds this week.
4. Ashland Tomcats (4A, 3-0)- Ashland went back and forth with George Washington, WV before putting their foot down en route to a nice win. The Tomcats draw rival Russell as they continue to pile up wins behind Braxton Ratliff.
5. Pikeville Panthers (1A, 2-0)- Pikeville should be well rested heading into their clash with rival 1A foe Paintsville. The Panthers can send shock waves throughout the class potentially.
6. Southwestern Warriors (5A, 3-0)- Southwestern seized the opportunity to make a statement when they beat highly thought of 6A Madison Central. The Warriors will look to win three straight against Central KY's biggest teams when they draw Henry Clay.
7. Raceland Rams (1A, 2-1)- Raceland merely had to break a light sweat against West Carter. They can expect a much stiffer challenge as they challenge a Greenup County team that is looking sharp.
8. Hazard Bulldogs (1A, 2-0)- The Dawgs put a hurting on a Letcher Central team that had previously played fellow Top 15 teams Knox Central and Bell County competitively. They now get a small school showdown with their own fellow Top 15 foe Somerset.
9. Wayne County Cardinals (4A, 2-1)- Wayne County's Offense looked impressive by scoring 57 points against Warren East, unfortunately their Defense still has a long way to go after giving up 40 points. The Cardinals have perhaps the toughest draw of the week against 3As top ranked team Boyle County.
10. Bell County Bobcats (3A, 3-0)- Heading into the BYE the Bobcats are looking solid. Bell just polished off Pike Central in shutout fashion. In previous years Pike Central was able to make Bell County have to work, so this is a sign of positive advancement.
11. Paintsville Tigers (1A, 2-1)- Paintsville stepped up in class in a big way taking on 6A Frederick Douglass and the Tigers found out the water was a little too deep. Paintsville will have to re-calibrate and put the loss behind them with a monster 1A clash looming.
12. Knox Central Panthers (4A, 1-1)- The Panthers licked their wounds and took the week off after losing their first game to Alcoa, Tennessee. Knox will have a physical battle awaiting against Harlan County.
13. Greenup County Musketeers (4A, 3-0)- Greenup could not have asked for a better start. A 60-13 drubbing over a Fleming County team who beat them last year has the Musketeers feeling confident. They have a chance to make a leap into the Top 10 if they can beat Raceland.
14. Somerset Briarjumpers (2A, 2-1)- Mother Nature was her own mercy rule against Beechwood for Somerset when they were put out of their misery with the game was called down 28-0 in the First Half. Somerset gets another one of 1A's best teams with Hazard next.
15. Harlan County Blackbears (5A, 0-2)- Harlan County felt confident they would get their first win against 6A Tates Creek but the weather would not cooperate and the game was called before it could even get going. They will need to break their maiden against a solid Knox Central squad.
The Next Five:
16. Pulaski County Maroons (5A, 1-2)
17. Montgomery County Indians (5A, 2-1)
18. Perry Central Commodores (5A, 3-0)
19. Bath County Wildcats (3A, 2-0)
20. Rockcastle County Rockets (4A, 2-1)
Three Big Winners:
Floyd Central Jaguars (3A, 3-0)- Floyd Central is still undefeated after winning a nice back and forth battle with Breathitt County. The Jags have a chance to make their claim for the Top 15 this week.
Lynn Camp Wildcats (1A, 2-0)- Lynn Camp has outscored their opponents 89-21 and looked good against 3A Jackson County. The Wildcats get the aforementioned Floyd Central team in a big EKY statement game.
Clay County Tigers (4A, 1-2)- Despite being competitive, after an 0-2 start most though "same ole Clay County", but the Tigers secured a monster win over East Jessamine. The Jaguars had beat Top 20 Montgomery County and gave a ranked 2A Lloyd all they wanted previously.
Three Tough Losses:
South Laurel Cardinals (5A, 2-1)- Speaking of Jessamine County schools. After building early momentum in their first two games the Cardinals hit a glass door by falling to the Colts of West Jessamine.
Prestonsburg Blackcats (2A, 0-2)- Prestonsburg took their second straight loss of the season against 3A Lawrence County, and in the process have been outscored 85-14 to start the year.
Shelby Valley Wildcats (2A, 1-1)- With a chance to make a statement that they are the team to beat in their District, Shelby Valley fell flat against Ridgeview, Virginia and were ran off the field.
Player of the Week:
QB Garrett Adkins, Morgan County
His stat line may not jump out: 3/5 Passing for 105 yards, 6 carries for 27 yards.
With that said, the story of Garrett's stat line was the TD column. All three of Adkins completions went for Touchdowns and half of his carries found the endzone as well for 6 total scores in Morgan County's first win of the year against Jenkins.
Game of the Week:
#11 Paintsville Tigers at #5 Pikeville Panthers
Pikeville has lost four of their last five games against the Tigers including a 28-0 loss last year. Many in Pikeville feel the Panthers area ready to make a push to the 1A Finals, but in order to validate those suspicions the Panthers will have to prove they can get over the Paintsville hump. Paintsville equally needs a statement win after getting mercy ruled against Frederick Douglass.
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