1. Johnson Central Golden Eagles (4A, 3-0)- Johnson Central lit the scoreboard up and lit up South Charleston in all-discipline en route to a blowout win. The Eagles are scheduled to play another out of state foe in Bishop Sycamore, Ohio. Hopefully that game will go as scheduled.
2. Belfry Pirates (3A, 2-1)- Playing a GCL foe to a 7-0 game until the end of the 4th Quarter is certainly a moral victory at the very least. Belfry needs to get their Offensive confidence back and a huge rivalry game will not be an easy proving ground to do that.
3. Somerset Briarjumpers (2A, 3-0)- Somerset got a much-needed week or rest and relaxation and now get to jump back into action with a highly regarded ranked 1A foe. Williamsburg will be the best Offense the Jumpers have seen so far.
4. Pulaski County Maroons (5A, 3-1)- Henry Clay made the Maroons play for all Four Quarters, but in the end Pulaski took care of business. Up next is another Central Kentucky foe, but expect Pulaski to keep their winning ways going.
5. Bell County Bobcats (3A, 3-0)- Bell County had an extra week of preparation and it is starting to look like they may be the only 3A team capable of going undefeated in the regular season. Whitley County will be a team they cannot take lightly if they hope for that dream to continue to materialize.
6. Ashland Tomcats (3A, 3-1)- Wheelersburg proved that even when they are not 100%, the Southern Ohio power is still a tough out. The Pirates took down Ashland in Overtime and Ashland tasted defeat for the first time. It doesn’t get any easier as Ironton, Ohio is next, and they defeated Wheelersburg already this season.
7. Pikeville Panthers (1A, 4-0)- On the bright side, Pikeville collected their fourth high quality win in a row by defeating Raceland. On the negative side, the Panthers Offense has only scored three TD’s in two weeks and they will need as many points as they can find against rival Belfry.
8. Wayne County Cardinals (4A, 3-1)- It is time to take notice of the Cardinals. After flattening Southwestern and with their lone loss a close defeat to a very good Pulaski County team, Wayne County is certainly a team on the rise. The Cardinals get a big-time test this week with another surging team, Harlan County, on the schedule.
9. Corbin Redhounds (4A, 2-2)- Corbin seemingly was surprised by Beechwood and the Redhounds never could find any Offensive traction as they fell to the Tigers. It was also a costly loss as the Hounds may have lost a couple key playmakers for a while. A crucial off-week is next, because on the other side of it is heavyweight Bowling Green.
10. Russell Red Devils (3A, 3-1)- Russell took care of business and left no doubt against fellow 3A Lawrence County. The Devils are looking impressive and will have no issue with a free-falling Montgomery County.
11. Paintsville Tigers (1A, 3-1)- Paintsville played up in class and played to the wire to get a win over East Jessamine. Coach Chirico’s bunch will return to 1A competition with the always solid hazard Bulldogs up next.
12. Breathitt County (2A, 4-0)- The Bobcats just keep winning and winning big. Estill County had nothing for the boys from Jackson and Breathitt’s pursuit of perfection continues. Old District mate Powell County is the next team in the cross hairs.
13. Williamsburg Yellowjackets (1A, 4-0)- The Jackets flexed their 1A muscles by dismantling Franfkort. Now the Yellowjackets will try to prove to all of Eastern Kentucky they are the real deal with red hot Somerset standing before them.
14. Harlan County Black Bears (4A, 4-0)- Harlan County has had a tough time putting away Knox Central in recent years, although the games are always close. The Black Bears got over the hump Friday and now look to make shock waves in Class 4A with a monster game against Wayne County.
15. Raceland Rams (1A, 2-2)- The Rams gave it the ole College try and played their hearts out at Pikeville. Unfortunately, another injury at QB and Pikeville’s Defense were too much to overcome in the close loss. Raceland needs a week off to heal up.
The Next 4:
East Carter Raiders (3A, 4-0)- It was a game that lived up to the hype as the Raiders held on for a tight win against rival West Carter. If they can beat Fleming County a rare 5-0 start awaits.
Knox Central Panthers (4A, 1-3)- The Panthers may be one of the best 1-3 teams in Kentucky, but that does little to change things. Bourbon County is next and Knox desperately needs a confidence booster.
Hazard Bulldogs (1A, 2-1)- After taming the Floyd Central Jaguars, hazard improves their record and continue to lie in the tall grass of the 1A picture. Danville is not the Admiral team we are accustomed to, so a nice win is within reach.
Whitley County Colonels (5A, 2-1)- The Colonels had a chance to take the night off and do some scouting. They will get an equally fresh bell County team with a chance to make a serious statement with a win.
Four Teams of Note:
Pike Central Hawks (3A, 2-1)- Pike Central looks much improved and are a couple plays away from being undefeated. A nice win over Perry Central and the opportunity to beat another larger school has the Hawks on the right track.
Lawrence County Bulldogs (3A, 2-2)- The Bulldogs needed a good showing against Russell to prove they are a team to keep eyes on in the 3A picture, instead Lawrence County was measured and found wanting.
Pineville Mountain Lions (1A, 4-0)- Don’t sleep on the forgotten school in Bell County. The Mountain Lions are 4-0 after pounding East Ridge. If Pineville can get past resurgent Middlesboro, they will certainly be making major waves in the EKY picture.
Clay County Tigers (4A, 2-1)- It has been a long time since Clay County was relevant, but the Tigers are making major strides in 2019 including a blowout romp of Lynn Camp. The Tigers have a chance to get some serious momentum in their community if they can beat a stout Leslie County foe.
Player of the Week:
QB/DB Ryley Preece, Johnson Central- In the Golden Eagles 59-29 win over South Charleston, WV Preece was everywhere. The Senior 4-year starter at QB was 2/3 passing for 77 yards and 2 TD’s, he ran the ball 7 times 102 yards and two more scores, and he completed the trifecta with an Interception Return for a TD as well. Preece may not be accustomed to filling the stat sheet, but there is no doubt Johnson Central does not reach a State Finals in each of his seasons as the starter without him under center running the Offense.
Game of the Week:
#7 Pikeville Panthers at #2 Belfry Pirates- The battle for Pike County supremacy has long been one of the premier rivalries in EKY, but in recent years it has taken on new vigor as the Pikeville program has elevated. Last season, the Panthers nearly made a huge statement, but Belfry was able to stave them off for the win. With both teams ranked at or near the top of their class expect this one to have a huge gate and huge drama.