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Class 1A

Newton's Third Law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. As Pikeville was hanging their heads over a heartbreaking loss to an out of state opponent, Raceland was celebrating a huge win over a competitor of their own. The Rams move up a spot in the rankings following their stellar win on Portsmouth West's field and will now set their sights on a stout 2A Somerset team. Pikeville can not linger on their second loss in as many weeks. The Panthers have a massive District clash with Hazard awaiting. Beechwood remains at the top of the heap as the Eastern teams jockey for position. The Tigers will need a good showing against 6A Simon Kenton to stay at the pinnacle of Class 1A.

1. Beechwood at 6A #8 Simon Kenton
2. Raceland at 2A #5 Somerset
3. Pikeville vs. #4 Hazard
4. Hazard at #3 Pikeville
5. Paintsville at 2A Walton-Verona
6. Campbellsville at 4A Russell County
7. Crittenden County at Fulton City
8. Williamsburg -- OPEN
9. Louisville Holy Cross -- OPEN
10. Lynn Camp vs. 2A Clinton County

Class 2A

Mayfield made a statement with a downright dominant performance as they took 3A Corbin to the woodshed across state lines. The Cardinals now look to do some housekeeping as they square off with Murray in what should amount to the District Championship game. DeSales got a nice challenge from Lexington Catholic but eventually prevailed. The Colts have one more challenge before District play begins and 6A North Hardin is no team to overlook. Somerset continues to ride their stout defense to victories. The Jumpers will need to continue that trend against an excellent 1A Raceland squad. Walton-Verona falls just on the outside of the Top 10 once more. The Bearcats have an opportunity to move up with 1A Paintsville making the long trek.

1. DeSales at 6A #10 North Hardin
2. Mayfield at Murray
3. Christian Academy of Louisville vs. 6A Meade County
4. Owensboro Catholic vs. McLean County
5. Somerset vs. 1A #2 Raceland
6. Glasgow vs. Green County
7. Danville at 6A Tates Creek
8. Lloyd vs. 6A Conner
9. Lexington Christian vs. Middlesboro
10. Newport Central Catholic -- OPEN

Class 3A

Things nearly got wild in Class 3A last week. Boyle County was missing star Reese Smith and had to withstand a tough challenge from 6A North Hardin to remain perfect. Corbin bit off more than they could chew against 2A Mayfield and took one on the chin. Lexington Catholic equated themselves well but fell short against 2A DeSales. Central got a surprising scare from Henry County but still held serve. This week, don't expect any flare for the dramatic from the Top 5. Between off-weeks and District play it should be quiet at the top. That doesn't mean there is nothing to get excited about. Bell County and Casey County will clash in a battle of unbeaten teams with the loser putting themselves in an auspicious position in the playoffs potentially.

1. Boyle County -- OPEN
2. Corbin vs. McCreary Central
3. Central -- OPEN
4. Belfry vs. Floyd Central
5. Lexington Catholic -- OPEN
6. Casey County vs. #8 Bell County
7. Caldwell County vs. Union County
8. Bell County at #6 Casey County
9. Paducah Tilghman at Trigg County
10. Elizabethtown at Hart County

Class 4A

It seems every week Class 4A is full of drama. Teams losing that were favored, teams that are underdogs who pull an unexpected result, and sometimes just pure chaos no one can explain. Last week was not one of those weeks. No team in the Top 10 finished the night with an extra tally in the loss column. Don't be surprised to see a similar outcome this week as district play offers some solidity. No team in the Top 10 has a ranked opponent on the other side. The most intriguing games appear to be in the wild, wild west. Franklin-Simpson takes on Allen County- Scottsville in the battle of the hyphenated schools. Another hyphenated school, Madisonville-North Hopkins, is on the cusp of the rankings and can make their return if they can knock off Hopkinsville.

1. Johnson Central at East Carter
2. Franklin-Simpson vs. Allen County-Scottsville
3. Ashland vs. Boyd County
4. Knox Central at Clay County
5. Logan County -- OPEN
6. Wayne County at Rockcastle County
7. Franklin County vs. Collins
8. Moore at Breckinridge County (9/27)
9. Taylor County at 5A Barren County
10. Hopkinsville at Madisonville-North Hopkins

Class 5A

Covington Catholic continued their case to be recognized as the Best of the Bluegrass by beating perennial Ohio powerhouse, Columbus St. Francis de Sales going away. The Colonels' historic rival Highlands knows that judgement day is coming soon and made their move to build hype by staking their claim as Northern Kentucky's second best team by taking care of business against Simon Kenton. Two teams who know about geographical rivalries are South Oldham and Oldham County. The Dragons got the win in a very tightly contested game and now control their own destiny. A light schedule this week does have one game that immediately catches the eye. Christian County and Owensboro appears to be a very even game in the making with big implications on the line.

1. Covington Catholic -- OPEN
2. Bowling Green vs. Grayson County (9/27)
3. South Warren at Greenwood
4. South Oldham vs. Nelson County
5. Southwestern vs. 6A Central Hardin
6. Highlands -- OPEN
7. Anderson County vs. Grant County
8. Owensboro at #9 Christian County
9. Christian County vs. #8 Owensboro
10. Pulaski County -- OPEN

Class 6A

Butler did what no one else could against Male this year. No, they did not beat the Bulldogs, no one might be able to do that, but they did at least hit double figures on the scoreboard. Butler must get back to the drawing board in a hurry as Manual will be no easy rebound. Trinity finally broke their 2018 maiden with a blowout win over Jeffersontown. The Shamrocks will now set their sights on a St. Xavier team who is equally eager to prove they are still relevant in the 6A title picture this year. Simon Kenton tasted defeat for the first time and now must dig deep for their Northern Kentucky pride as 1A Beechwood is a team they do not want to lose to. North Hardin justified their ranking debut by nearly pulling a massive statement win against 3A's #1 team. After coming up just short, they will now adjust their sights a class down and try to beat 2A's top team.

1. Male at Pleasure Ridge Park
2. Scott County vs. Henry Clay
3. Frederick Douglass at Bryan Station
4. Trinity vs. #5 Saint Xavier
5. Saint Xavier vs. #4 Trinity
6. Butler at #7 Manual
7. Manual vs. #6 Butler
8. Simon Kenton vs. 1A #1 Beechwood
9. Ballard vs. Seneca
10. North Hardin vs. 2A #1 DeSales