BluegrassPreps Lexington/Central Kentucky Area Playoff Power Rankings
The playoffs are underway things are changing rapidly. The unknown will happen and uncertainty is in the air. What we thought we knew about teams is no longer true. Coaches and players are getting less sleep as the fight to continue the season is getting more intense with each play. In the Lexington/Central Kentucky Area that intensity is going to step up a notch this week.
1. Frederick Douglass(6A) Frederick Douglass defeated Pleasure Ridge Park 42-8. Next up: home vs Scott County
2. Boyle County(3A) Boyle County defeated Floyd Central 49-0. Next up: home vs Lawrence County
3. Scott County(6A) Scott County defeated Campbell County 36-13. Next up: at Frederick Douglass
4. Anderson County(5A) Anderson County had a first round BYE and will host Highlands this Friday.
5. Lexington Catholic(3A)
Lexington Catholic defeated Pike County Central 58-18. Next up: at Belfry
6. Taylor County(4A) Taylor County defeated Western 57-14. Next up: home vs John Hardin
7. Montgomery County(5A) Montgomery County defeated Dixie Heights 35-28. Next up: at Covington Catholic.
8. Franklin County(4A) Franklin County defeated Russell County 42-14. Next up: home vs Wayne County
9. Madison Central(6A) Madison Central defeated Seneca 50-0. Next up: home vs Tates Creek.
10. Lexington Christian(2A) Lexington Christian defeated Prestonburg 46-14. Next up: at Shelby Valley
Playoffs Games of Note:
Scott County at Frederick Douglass(6A)
The rematch is here! A common theme in the second round of the playoffs is rematches and this rematch is one of the more anticipated rematches in the state. Frederick Douglass defeated Scott County 28-10 in the first meeting as Frederick Douglass announced to the state that they are for real this season. Boasting one of the strongest defenses in the state as well as one of the more potent offenses this Frederick Douglass team faces their biggest challenge to date in a Scott County team looking to advance to the 6A Championship Game. The winner of this game will be in excellent shape to make it Kroger Field and I fully expect this game to better than the first matchup. Damarco Fishback of Frederick Douglass appeared to be unstoppable in the first matchup so I expect him to be an impactful player this time around again. Austin Barnett has a good game for Scott County the first matchup but as a team Scott County had a difficult time putting the ball in the end zone despite moving the ball well throughout the game. I expect Frederick Douglass to win the rematch but make no bones about it, Scott County is good enough to win this game and roll on to Kroger Field and play for the state title.
Highlands at Anderson County(5A)
Anderson County comes into this game undefeated and will face their biggest challenge of the season as Fort Thomas Highlands is coming to Lawrenceburg for this second round matchup. Highlands is as close to being back as a state power as they have been these past few years and they are hungry to prove that they are back. Charles Collins of Anderson County has had an outstanding year and he will be counted on to carry the load this Friday night as Anderson County has high hopes to show that their season isnít a fluke or a product of a soft schedule. Two teams with something to prove makes for an intense atmosphere and in this time of the year anything is possible. As mentioned this will be Anderson Countyís toughest game of the year and while I wonít say that they donít have a chance against Highlands I do feel like Highlands will emerge victorious from this game.
Lexington Catholic at Belfry(3A)
Lexington Catholic travels to Belfry this Friday night for their second round matchup. Beau Allen and his outstanding receiver corps looks to pull off a victory in what will be an outstanding playoff environment. The concerning part for Lexington Catholic will be their difficulties in stopping the run and it is no secret that Belfry will be running the ball almost exclusively with bad intentions. It will be interesting to see if Lexington Catholic can put up the points they are accustomed to putting up on Belfry. If they can get their offense going then they should have a chance to pull off the victory. If they find themselves unable to score they could find themselves in a bad way as Belfry could use ball control offense to keep Beau Allen off of the field. This game appears to play right into Belfryís hands but again, if Lexington Catholic can get their offense going then this will be a heck of a ball game.
Lexington Christian at Shelby Valley(2A)
Lexington Christian makes the trip to Shelby Valley in a game that has the makings to be one of the best games of the state. Shelby Valley has yet to score less than 42 points against any KY opponent and Lexington Christian has shown that despite a lot of new faces on the gridiron this year they are still a respectable program. Shelby Valley can raise some eyebrows here if they can defend their home turf as they arenít one of the schools mentioned statewide in the strong 2A classification. A victory over Lexington Christian would put the classification on notice. Lexington Christian is looking for this victory to get a rematch with either Somerset or Danville depending on the winner of that rematch. Lexington Christian has averaged 45 points in their last two games and I would not be surprised at all if this game is in the thirties. This one should be a fun one.
Danville at Somerset(2A)
This is another rematch on the table that will garner plenty of attention as well. Somerset won the first matchup 21-10 and the Briar Jumpers have had a very successful season as they are district champs this season. This game could be different this time around as Danville is much healthier for the rematch and despite a recent loss to Lexington Christian they do seem to be playing better. This game being at Somerset is a terrific spot for Somerset to be in as I imagine this game will be a much better game than the first matchup and truthfully that was a pretty good game considering the circumstances. I still feel like Somerset wins this game but it wonít be easy at all.
Tates Creek at Madison Central(6A)
Continuing the theme of rematches this week Tates Creek will make the quick trip to Richmond to face Madison Central. Madison Central won the first game 33-18. The first matchup was a two touchdown deficit for Tates Creek but I can see this game going either way and the winner will have a fair shot at making the state semifinals in the 6A classification playoffs.
Henry Clay at Simon Kenton(6A)
Henry Clay travels north to Simon Kenton for their second round matchup. In what will likely be an uphill battle for them Henry Clay continues the fight to keep their season alive.
Montgomery County at Covington Catholic(5A)
Montgomery County also travels north to take on arguably the best team in the state. Covington Catholicís incredible defense will look to disable Montgomery County stud, Pharoah Davis as Montgomery County hopes to shock the entire state with an upset.
Lincoln County at Pulaski County(5A)
Lincoln County travels to Pulaski County looking to avenge a 27-21 defeat from earlier this season. If Lincoln County can avoid the mistakes they made in the first matchup then they have a chance to advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Wayne County at Franklin County(4A)
Franklin County will host Wayne County in their second round matchup. While not a rematch they do have a total of four common opponents this season: Boyle County, Knox Central, North Oldham and Russell County. Boyle County defeated Franklin County 50-7 and Wayne County 48-7. Franklin County defeated Knox Central 42-20. Wayne County lost to Knox Central 31-20. Franklin County defeated North Oldham 47-14. Wayne County defeated North Oldham 52-6. Franklin County defeated Russell County 42-14. Wayne County defeated Russell County 50-13. I guess weíll see what happens.
John Hardin at Taylor County(4A)
Taylor County looks to continue with their winning ways as they host John Hardin this week.
Mercer County at Moore(4A)
Uphill battle for Mercer County this week as they travel to Louisville to face Moore in second round action. Moore has pretty much had their way with every opponent this year with the exception of Johnson Central, the #1 ranked team in 4A. The Titans are young and a good showing can only help the program going forward.
Harrison County at Ashland(4A)
Harrison County travels to Ashland to take on one of the top teams in the 4A classification. Another uphill battle for a local 4A school.
Lawrence County at Boyle County(3A)
Lawrence County defeated Western Hills 78-74 last weekend and their reward for their victory is a trip to Title Town to take on the defending 3A state champions, the Boyle County Rebels. The Rebels will continue rolling along and will be watching for the winner of the Lexington Catholic/Belfry game. If Lexington Catholic wins the Rebels will get another home game. If the Belfry wins then it will be time for the Rebels to hit the road as they try to run the gauntlet.
Raceland at Paris(1A)
Paris will host Raceland this Friday night and while I have been applauding Paris on their season I think this matchup will be too much for them. Raceland is one of the best teams in 1A and that will most likely show up on the field this Friday night.
Ludlow at Frankfort (1A)
Frankfort will host Ludlow in what should be an easy win for Frankfort as they prepare physically and mentally for their next round matchup against Beechwood.
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