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1. Johnson Central (4A, 1-0)- The Golden Eagles left little doubt against 6A Henry Clay and put a running clock up on the Generals. Johnson Central now draws one of West Virginia’s premier large schools in a rivalry that has been very competitive.

2. Belfry Pirates (3A, 1-0)- Belfry put on a Defensive clinic against Southwestern and Isaac Dixon decided to upgrade his Hudl highlights. Belfry now gets a tough test against one of 2A’s top teams.

3. Corbin Redhounds (4A, 1-0)- Corbin had a tougher go of things than expected against rival Whitley County before scoring 21 unanswered to pull it out. They will look to round into form against Notre Dame, TN.

4. Pikeville Panthers (1A, 1-0)- Pikeville got tested by 3A Bardstown but put their foot down in the 4th Quarter to get a nice win in the opener. Expect a capacity crowd against one West Virginia’s top 2A teams, Mingo Central.

5. Bell County Bobcats (3A, 1-0)- Bell County kicked off an optimistic 2019 season with a convincing win over Collins. The Bobcats will have to be on their “A-game” taking on a Knox Central team looking for their first win.

6. Pulaski County Maroons (5A, 0-1)- It looked good for a Half against Lexington Catholic, then Beau Allen took over and the Maroons fell short. Pulaski now must head to Monticello for a tilt with the always stout Wayne County Cardinals.

7. Ashland Tomcats (3A, 1-0)- Ashland gutted out a tough win over Knox Central in come from behind fashion. They should have a little easier go this week with Boyd County on the schedule.

8. Somerset Briarjumpers (2A, 1-0)- New field, new year, new expectations, and one great season opener against Rockcastle. Somerset and their home-field both looked sharp and they hope to keep the magic going heading to Montgomery County.

9. Raceland Rams (1A, 1-0)- It was not pretty, but the Rams held off the challenge of Greenup County by three points to get the first win under their belt. The rivalry tour continues with a formidable Russell team next.

10. Williamsburg Yellowjackets (1A, 1-0)- Jellico, Tennessee was no match for the Jackets’ air raid. Now they set their sights on a Middlesboro team that is breathing fresh breath.

11. Knox Central Panthers (4A, 0-1)- The Panthers gave a valiant effort but came up short against Ashland. They have a second chance for an early season statement with Bell County next.

12. Breathitt County Bobcats (2A, 1-0)- Breathitt showed mercy and sportsmanship against an over-matched Jenkins team. On a light schedule, perhaps one of their toughest games will be this week against 5A South Laurel.

13. Greenup County Musketeers (3A, 0-1)- Greenup will point to self-inflicted wounds that may have cost them an opportunity to knock off Raceland. They will look to iron those issues out in practice and will set their course for Fleming County.

14. Southwestern Warriors (5A, 0-1)- It was a tough night at home against Belfry as the Warriors showed that the graduation losses of their top play-makers will be a work in progress to overcome. Southwestern will travel to Berea to face Madison Southern next.

15. Paintsville Tigers (1A, 1-0)- Paintsville took some time to get their wheels spinning on Offense against Lawrence County, but once they did… it was full steam ahead. The Tigers will draw a real tough one at Georgetown College when they square up Beechwood.

Three Statement Winners:
Middlesboro Yellowjackets (2A, 1-0)- It took Coach French one week to match the win total the Jackets posted in 2018. Middlesboro’s win over 3A Garrard County proved there is a new expectation for the program.

Leslie County Eagles (2A, 1-0)- The buzz about Leslie County being a team to watch certainly rang true after the Eagles handled 5A Perry Central. The Eagles get an early season BYE before they have a chance to really turn heads against Williamsburg on September 6th.

Lynn Camp Wildcats (1A, 1-0)- After the Wildcats made noise in 2018, you could not have scripted a better start to the season than beating perennial Class 1A power Frankfort. Expect the wins to continue with Jackson County next.

Three Troubling Losses:
Floyd Central Jaguars (3A, 0-1)- It was a brutal trip to Manchester as the Jaguars were outclassed by the host Clay County Tigers. The good news is something will have to give as their next foe is…

North Laurel Jaguars (5A, 0-1)- The other East Kentucky group of Jags had lofty expectations after bringing back nearly their entire roster, unfortunately they could not hold on to a lead and took an “L” against Dunbar. Which Jaguar team will avoid the dreaded 0-2 star?

Rockastle County Rockets (3A, 0-1)- Another team who was hoping to wipe the slate clean was Rockcastle, but despite their optimism the Rockets came crashing back to earth as Somerset simply dismembered them in all phases. They continue their Southern Kentucky swing against Casey County in a winnable game.

Player of the Week:
RB/LB Dalton Meade, Shelby Valley- Meade was superb in a very impressive season opening victory over 5A Letcher Central. Meade posted 373 yards on 28 carries and scored 4 TD’s. Just for a cherry on top he also added three 2-point conversions and 7 solo tackles.

Game of the Week:
#11 4A Knox Central @ #5 3A Bell County- The Bobcats welcome Knox Central to Log Mountain in a huge game for both teams. Bell County knows this may be one of their best opportunity for a statement non-District win, meanwhile Knox Central has already taken a loss and with several difficult games remaining, will look to secure an opportunity for major RPI points down the road.