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Is Paintsville or Beechwood #1 in Class 1A? That is the agonizing question for our rankings team this week. Beechwood holds on to #1 again this week. But for how long? Raceland and Russellville flip spots this week, but was Raceland more impressive than Russelville? Or did Russellville just deliver a lackluster performance? Other than Raceland and Russellville, all Class 1A rankings this week echo last week's.

DeSales remains atop the Class 2A rankings this week. But there are still strong arguments to be made that Mayfield should be the #1 team. Teams in 2A performed as expected this week and the rankings reflect that, immobile versus last week in spots 1-8. Butler and Monroe County drop out this week, replaced by Leslie County at #9 and Shelby Valley at #10

Boyle County remains the Class 3A #1 this week, though Belfry could make a strong case for bumping the Rebels out of that spot when the Pirates take on the overall #1 team in West Virginia this week. Could a win, on the road, be the statement needed for Belfry to dethrone the Rebels? Caldwell County moves up to #4 this week after a 21 point win over Paducah Tilghman last week. Elizabethtown's strong performance over Edmonson County last week valuts them to #5 this week. Bell County and Corbin flip positions, with Corbin #9 this week and Bell County #10.

While strong arguments continue to be made for South Warren to take the #1 spot in Class 4A, Johnson Central remains atop this week's rankings. Will South Warren's slightly stronger strength of schedule through this first part of the season bear out and earn them a #1 ranking in the weeks to come? Only a minor shake up in the middle, as Spencer County bumps Shelby County out of the #6 spot after Shelby County loses a close one to #4 Franklin County. At the bottom, Warren Central replaces Collins after Spencer County trounces Collins last week.

The teams in Class 5A also performed as expected for the most part, and the top 6 remain unchanged, with Bowling Green remaining #1 this week. Anderson County drops out of the top 10 rankings this week after losing to Paul Dunbar. South Oldham leapfrogs into the rankings this week at #9 , while Highlands remains tenuously perched at #10 after a crushing loss to 6A Simon Kenton last week. How much longer can Highlands remain in the top 10?

Folks, Class 6A looks to be solid at this point. The only loss in the top 10 last week was #9 PRP to #6 St. Xavier. This week's top 10 rankings remain exactly the same as last week. Pleasure Ridge Park continues it's tour of brutal games by traveling to Male this week. Trinity and St. Xavier square off for the annual showdown at Papa John's. A lot should be answered about both teams after this game....or not...It's almost always impossible to anticipate the outcome.

Class 1A
1. Beechwood vs. 2A Newport
2. Paintsville vs. 3A Pike County Central (10/1)
3. Pikeville at #9 Hazard
4. Raceland at 3A Lawrence County
5. Russellville vs. Fulton County
6. Campbellsville at 2A #5 Danville
7. Paris at Bracken County (10/1)
8. Fairview at Coal Grove (OH)
9. Hazard vs. #3 Pikeville
10. Bishop Brossart at Ludlow

Class 2A
1. DeSales at 6A North Hardin
2. Mayfield vs. #6 Murray
3. Christian Academy-Louisville at 6A Meade County
4. Owensboro Catholic at McLean County
5. Danville vs. 1A #6 Campbellsville
6. Murray at #2 Mayfield
7. Newport Central Catholic --OPEN
8. Lloyd Memorial vs. 6A Conner
9. Leslie County vs. Allen Central
10. Shelby Valley vs. Betsy Layne (10/1)

Class 3A
1. Boyle County -- OPEN
2. Belfry at Cabell-Midland (WV)
3. Central vs. Moore (10/1)
4. Caldwell County at Union County
5. Elizabethtown vs. Hart County
6. Lexington Catholic -- OPEN
7. Paducah Tilghman vs. Trigg County
8. Russell vs. Fleming County
9. Bell County vs. Casey County
10. Corbin vs. Jackson County (10/1)

Class 4A
1. Johnson Central vs. East Carter (10/1)
2. South Warren -- OPEN
3. Ashland at Boyd County
4. Franklin County at Collins
5. Scott vs. Harrison County
6. Spencer County at North Oldham
7. Shelby County -- OPEN
8. Hopkinsville vs. Madisonville-North Hopkins
9. John Hardin at Breckinridge County
10. Warren Central at Franklin-Simpson

Class 5A
1. Bowling Green vs. Grayson County (10/1)
2. Pulaski County vs. 6A Henry Clay
3. Owensboro vs. #6 Christian County
4. Fern Creek at Southern (10/1)
5. Southwestern -- OPEN
6. Christian County at #3 Owensboro
7. North Laurel at Whitley County
8. Covington Catholic -- OPEN
9. South Oldham at Nelson County
10. Highlands -- OPEN

Class 6A
1. Male vs. #9 Pleasure Ridge Park (10/1)
2. Trinity vs. #6 St. Xavier at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
3. Scott County -- OPEN
4. Simon Kenton -- OPEN
5. Manual at Butler
6. St. Xavier vs. #2 Trinity at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
7. Bryan Station vs. Lafayette
8. Ryle vs. George Rogers Clark
9. Pleasure Ridge Park at. #1 Male
10. McCracken County vs. Ohio County