BluegrassPreps Western Kentucky Power Rankings - September 8. 2019

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    BluegrassPreps 2019 Western Kentucky Power Rankings – Week 3 Edition

    The top story line this week is consistency in the Top 12 in the early season! Of the top 12 teams ranked last week, all won last week, but two and both of those played other teams in the Top 12! Paducah Tilghman lost to top ranked Mayfield and #10 Graves County lost at home to an explosive McCracken County squad. It was a terrific week overall for the top teams in WKY!

    WESTSIDER - Week 3 Western Kentucky Game of the Week: (Disclaimer 2: Westsider was a friend to this website and all sports in Western Kentucky. This is mentioned in honor of his memory as he loved this rivalry!)
    Mayfield 2A (3-0) 38 at Paducah Tilghman 3A (2-1) 20: Good first half by both teams and Mayfield led 21-14 at the half. Then Mayfield makes their adjustments and only give up 6 points in the second half while they put 17 on the board. But a very good game none the less. So the Mayfield win streak continues on to 14 years. Interesting to note that according to our good friend @Squirrel, the all-time record between these two teams is Mayfield 50-46 and 10 ties. Great rivalry still! For me personally, it is my Bowling Green vs Owensboro rivalry as they have played a long time (ironically, except this year). The attachment is WPSD out of Paducah who does a great job covering high school sports in the Purchase Area: 9/6 Gridiron Glory - Part 1 | | WPSD Local 6

    Week 4 Western Kentucky Game of the Week: There are several pretty good games to choose from. I am going with 2 very solid teams that don’t get as much of the spotlight as they might deserve. So this week’s game of the week is:
    2A Caldwell County (2-1) at 1A Crittenden County (3-0). These teams have a very good history even though Caldwell has had the better of things of late. With Caldwell dropping down to 2A this season and Crittenden having one of the larger 1A rosters in the state, could this the year the Rockets blast off and leave the Tigers in their dust? You tell me…

    Honorable Mention: McCracken County at Mayfield; Owensboro at Apollo, Franklin Simpson at Battle Ground Academy, TN; Paducah Tilghman at Graves County, and Logan County going across town to take on arch-rival Russellville. Try to make it out to one of these great games!

    Week 3 Top 10:
    10) Glasgow (3A)
    – Preseason Rank: 12 - 2019 Record 3-0; District Record 0-0] Week 3 Results: Win 57-14 vs Monroe County (1-2). I don’t have stats for this game, but know Seniors Nick Mitchell and QB Tanner Abernathy led the way against Monroe County. The Scotties have a combined 148-27 through the first 3 wins this season! I see nothing stopping them until a very matchup with 5A South Warren on September 27! Here are some highlights: Football Friday Night: Monroe County Falcons vs Glasgow Scotties Week 4: at 4A Allen County Scottsville (0-3). Allen County has played 3 pretty good teams, but I don’t look for them to be able to stop the Nick Mitchell Show! Good luck to both teams!

    9) McCracken County (6A) – Preseason Rank: 9 - 2019 Record 1-2; District Record 0-0] Week 3 Results: Win: 65-26 at 5A Graves County (1-1). JR RB Hunter Bradley had a huge game in this one and you will see him later! BIG win for the Mustangs to change momentum for them. It’s tough to go to Mayfield anyway, but to go there with a 0-3 record is certainly harder! Week 4: at 2A Mayfield (3-0). The Mustangs are the only team to come into War Memorial Stadium and get a win since 2008 against Mayfield. Let that sink in a while! The Mustangs won at Mayfield back in 2015 in OT. That Mustang team only lost to Tilghman, Bowling Green and Central Hardin that year. Could this version of the Mustangs pull off that rare feat? Anything is possible, but to be honest their defense just isn’t in a position to challenge Mayfield at this time IMO. I’ve been wrong before though. And 65 points last week is impressive regardless of opponent. Good luck Mustangs!

    8) Logan County (4A) – Preseason Rank: 10 - 2019 Record 3-0; District Record 0-0] Week 3 Results: Win: 35-17 at 4A scrappy Warren East (1-2). This is a good win for the Cougars! The gained roughly 180 yards on the ground and 280 through the air. Stalwarts Tyler Ezell and RB Gary Hardy play well, but I’ve selected another Cougar for later on. Week 4: at Old Rival 1A Russellville (0-3). This is a rivalry game and not too long ago Russellville dominated it. But the past couple years have been the exact opposite once Coach Adler got to Logan County. I don’t see any way Russellville wins this game. Just too many solid weapons for the Cougars! Cougars continue to gain momentum when most of the 4A talk is on other rivals, could Logan County shock some people this year? You tell me…

    7) Owensboro (5A) – Preseason Rank: 8 - 2019 Record 2-1; [District Record 1-0] Week 3 Results: Win: 36-7 vs Owensboro Catholic (2-1). No stats, but this game was dictated in the trenches with Owensboro fairly dominant in those areas. Add that to OCath missing some opportunities early to get more points on the scoreboard and a 4 TD game is what you get! Owensboro still has some very fine athletes. They just don’t have those top end ones anymore this season, but several others are getting opportunities to step up and last Friday they got it done! Week 4: at City Rival 6A Apollo (1-2). These two have had good games over the years with Apollo winning a memorable game back in 2017 with a really stout team. This year even with the brutal injuries the Red Devils have sustained, they seem to be playing markedly better than Apollo at this point in the season. Although, the Eagles have some nice pieces to work with and Coach Hawkins is a good coach, I just don’t see the Eagles getting the win here! In fact, the Red Devils start what should be a pretty easy stretch of games for them. What say you…

    6) Paducah Tilghman (3A) – Preseason Rank: 7 - 2019 Record 2-1; [District Record 0-0] Week 3 Results: Loss: 38-20 vs 2A Mayfield (3-0). Even in defeat Blue Tornado fans, you have to be encouraged with this outcome. Yes losing to your historic rival sucks and the 14 game losing streak is one that will stay in your craw until it goes away! BUT, you were only down 28-20 in the second half. Yes, I’m playing the moral victory card. Fact is, you can still make significant strides in your district and 3A! Carry on! Week 4: at 5A Graves County (1-1). Of all teams this year, I’ve likely given Graves County the most brushoff. Meaning I just didn’t feel coming into this season that they would set up to have a decent year. Am I wrong? Help prove me right Blue Tornados!

    5) Hopkinsville (4A) – Preseason Rank: 6 - 2019 Record 2-1; District Record 0-0] Week 3 Results: Win: 42-14 vs 2A Caldwell County (2-1). Hopkinsville continued it good play of late with a commanding victory on Friday night. QB Jay Bland, RB Jatorian Dillard and WR Reece Jesse for quite an offensive force to be reckoned with! You will see them later! All this and I don’t believe the Tigers defensive leader LB Eric Grubbs is back from injury yet! Week 4: at 6A Henderson County (3-0). Terrific Matchup here! Hoptown travels up the Pennyrile Parkway to take on an undefeated Colonels team that has been tested by 2 pretty solid Evansville, IN teams. While I applaud that work by Hendo, I don’t think they’ve seen anywhere near the level of athleticism they will see this Friday night! Plan to make the trip Tiger Fans and support your team!

    4) Madisonville – North Hopkins (4A) – Preseason Rank: 5 - 2019 Record 3-0; [District Record 0-0] Week 3 Results: Win: 52-15 vs 6A Daviess County (0-3). The Maroons rolled in their home opener and never gave Daviess County any chance in this one! Star RB Jeriah Hightower had a tremendous game and you’ll see him later! Madisonville seems to be hitting on all cylinders with the defense only giving up 21 points in 3 games (albeit not to a murders row)! Here’s some highlights: Touchdown Live Week 3: Daviess County vs Madisonville Week 4: at 5A Christian County (0-3). The Colonels are certainly down this year and with the Maroons flying so high, it would be a real upset to see anything other than a dominating Maroon win here!

    3) Bowling Green (5A) – Preseason Rank: 2 - 2019 Record 2-1; District Record 0-0] Week 2 Results: Win: 56-0 at 4A Old Foe Warren Central (0-3). As expected, BG won this game with no doubt. But I am most encouraged with some early personnel positioning, which clearly will help the Purples down the road! Add to that the defense is play very well at the moment, as evidenced to holding Central (who put up 42 points the week before) to 0 points and seeing McCracken County put up 65 this week, when they only scored 14 on BG! Well done defense! Week 4: vs 6A Pleasure Ridge Park (1-2). PRP is way down from their team that beat BG 35-21 up in Louisville back in 2017. I could easily see PRP only winning 1 more game all season (Western). With that said, I look for the Purples to be ramping up getting ready for a very tough stretch of games that starts with 6A St Xavier on September 20, 2019.

    2) South Warren (5A) – Preseason Rank: 3 - 2019 Record 3-0; District Record 0-0] Week 3 Results: Win: 41-14 vs 4A Franklin Simpson (0-3). The Spartans didn’t come out very strong in this game. But they made solid adjustments at halftime and didn’t allow Franklin to score after the break. Again, the Spartans OLine was a huge factor in this game allow QB Caden Veltcamp plenty of time select his offensive option. I don’t have any stats, but again if you don’t have an OL or DL that can challenge Souths, you are going to be in for a long day. Week 4: vs. 4A Warren Central (0-3). This game will be as lopsided as Central’s last, but I think they will start to move into a stretch of games where they can compete and I hope they get a win! Spartans Big!!!

    1) Mayfield (2A) – Preseason Rank: 1 - 2019 Record 3-0; District Record 0-0] Week 3 Results: Win: 38-20 at 3A Paducah Tilghman (2-1). In the video above, if you watch it all, you will see Coach Joe Morris speaking about this game where he confirms what we though. Mayfield used a focused week of practice to get ready for this game and then came out and executed accordingly. Give Tilghman credit for competing, but Mayfield’s halftime defensive adjustments and consistent offensive effort won the day for their 14th straight win in this series! Great work from the Mayfield Cardinals, but none-more-so than outstanding SR QB Jayden Stinson! Week 4: vs 6A McCracken County (1-2). The Mustangs of McCracken County come calling next week on the heels of their best performance of the year putting up 65 point on Graves County! I look for the Mustangs to be able to move the ball early, but what about after the Mayfield adjustments? It will become more difficult. The difference is likely the Mayfield offense who should be hard to stop again!

    Next 10 – 11 to 20:
    11) Greenwood (5A)
    –Week 3 Results: Win 22-19 vs Allen County-Scottsville. The Gators just keep chomping! While this one suggests they have come down to earth a bit, when you earn a win on Friday Night that beats the alternative! Greenwood hasn’t started a season 3 and 0 since 2016! Great work! Here are some highlights: Football Friday Night: Allen County-Scottsville vs Greenwood Next week: vs 4A Warren East. Greenwood has a good chance to go 4 and 0!

    12) Graves County (5A) –Week 3 Results: Loss 65-26 vs McCracken County! Looks like the Graves County defense didn’t get the message to show up Friday night, as McCracken County gained over 440 yards on the ground! Next week: vs 3A Paducah Tilghman! If McCracken County can rush for 440, how many can the high powered running backs for Tilghman earn? We’ll see…

    13) Owensboro Catholic (2A) – Week 3 Results: Loss 36-7 at 5A Owensboro. Team Air Raid was brought back to earth thanks to the a couple things. First QB Drew Hartz didn’t throw a pass. SO WR Braden Munday stepped under center for the Aces and gave it his all, but that’s a tough spot to be in. Second, the Red Devil defense flexed their muscles and along with their OLine controlled this game. But I’m not down on the Aces, but would like to know that status of Mr. Hartz! Next up: A trip across the river to take on South Spenser, Indiana (0-3). This is probably what the doctor ordered as I see the Aces winning big in this one!

    14) Franklin Simpson (4A) – Week 3 Results: Loss 41-14 vs 5A South Warren. I think Franklin put in another good effort here. It’s simply South Warren is a fine football team and they have a heck of an offensive line to bolster their attack and likely just wore the Wildcats down! The good news for the Wildcats is they won’t face another team like these first 3 after next week! Unfortunately, you have to travel to face a very tough opponent next week. Next up: at Battle Ground Academy, TN. The undefeated Wildcats will host Franklin’s Wildcats. BGA is ranked #12 in Tennessee and around 600 in the nation according to MaxPreps! But all is not lost in the world of 4A. The Wildcats are still the favorite in their district and that should get them to the 3rd round of the playoffs. Beyond that, they have to improve quite a bit from here, but I know they can! Hang in Wildcats!

    15) Caldwell County (3A) – Week 3 Results: Loss 42-14 at 4A Hopkinsville. Cheer up Caldwell fans, Hopkinsville is a really good team this year. Their level of athleticism is very hard to match up with. Shake it off and keep going! Next up: WESTERN KENTUCKY GAME OF THE WEEK: at 1A Crittenden County. This has been a good matchup over the years and Crittenden County could be catching the Tigers at a good time for them. Caldwell will have to play very well to come home with a win! Should be a great game!

    16) Trigg County (3A) – Week 3 Results: Wildcats drained the Lakers on Friday Night – Trigg County 57 Calloway County 7. Complete mismatch in this game! SR QB Cameron Jordan had a game for the ages! You will see his stats below! Through the first 3 weeks Trigg has scored 148 vs only 21. That’s getting out of the gate in style! After next week, they will hit the teeth of their schedule where they host a very solid Murray team and then start with district Stalwart Paducah Tilghman in what should be two lively games! Next up: over to Barlow for a matchup with the Bomber of Ballard Memorial (0-2)! I look for the Cam Jordan arsenal to continue to be unleased next week! Go Wildcats!

    17) Crittenden County (1A) – Week 3 Results – Win 50-6 at Ballard Memorial. The Rockets earned the running clock early in the second quarter, as this one was over early. Next up: WESTERN KENTUCKY GAME OF THE WEEK: vs 2A Caldwell County (2-1). This will be the home opener for the Rockets and I predict a big crowd on Friday Night. It will be needed as Caldwell County will easily be the most difficult opponent Crittenden has played this season. But should be a great game!

    18) Henderson County (6A) – Week 3 Results – 26-14 Win vs Christian County. Terrific Win for Hendo! They led 20-7 at halftime and never looked back! Solid season for Henderson thus far. Here are some highlights: Touchdown Live Week 3: Christian County vs Henderson County
    Next up: Home vs 4A Hopkinsville. This will be a HUGE step up in speed and athleticism for Hendo, but that will be good for them to get tested before district play starts! Good luck!

    19) Murray (2A) – Week 3 Results – Win 58-7 vs Marshall County. Tigers roll all over the Marshalls! QB Hunter Utley had a monster game and you’ll see him in just a minute! Murray playing strong ball this year! Next up: At 3A Union County (2-1). This Union County team is dangerous and playing in Morganfield should set up a good test for Murray! I like Murry by a TD in this game!!!

    20) Todd County Central (2A) – Week 3 Results: Win 51-27 vs 2A Fort Campbell. The Rebels finally get back on the field again after a bizarre No Referee game last week that is still “under administrative review”. Strong RB JaTwan Graham likely had a big game on Friday night! Next: vs 4A Hopkins County Central. This game should be to the Rebels liking! I like Todd County Central by at least 2 TDs in this one!


    Week 3 Players of the Week:
    *I don’t have all stats available, so please add as you see fit!


    1) Cameron Jordan – QB – Trigg County – 12 for 18 for 246 yards and 4 TDs; Plus 15 rushes for 99 yards and 2 more TDs! Great Job!

    2) Hunter Bradley – RB – McCracken County – 28 rushes for 328 yards and 5 TDs vs Graves County!

    3) Anthony Woodard – WR – Logan County – 8 catches for 130 yards and 2 TDs vs Warren East!

    4) Jay Bland – QB – Hopkinsville – 17 for 27 for 264 yards and 4 TDs vs Caldwell County! Add ultra-talented WR Reece Jesse who had 12 catches for 210 yards and 3 TDs!

    5) Hunter Utley - QB – Murray – 19 for 21 for 280 yards and 6 TDs vs Marshall County!

    6) Jeriah Hightower – RB – Madisonville NH - 18 carries for 284 yards and 5 TDs vs Daviess County!

    GREAT WORK GENTLEMEN!!!


    Week 3 “Teams Trending Down”
    Graves County (5A) – Down –
    It was really the score in this one for me. Graves lost 65-26 at home to McCracken County. We didn’t have a ton of losses at the top this week so the Eagles end up here! What can they do against Tilghman if the Mustangs rolled up over 400 yards rushing? You tell me…

    Apollo (6A) – Down – Not trying to kick a team when they are down, but it’s been a tough couple weeks for the Eagles. And the schedule turns from bad to worse at least for the next month! Wow! Chin up Eagles!

    Teams “Trending Up”
    Butler County (2A) – Up
    – The Bears have been in hibernation since the King Rex Henderson days which ended back in 2016. And believe it or not, they hadn’t won a single game since. That is until last Friday Night when Butler County stopped Russellville 20-15 to end a 2 season long drought! And as tradition would have it; the Bears were led by another Henderson! SO QB Jagger Henderson completed 9 of 14 passes for 145 yards and 2 critical TDs! Way to go Bears!

    McCracken County (6A) – Up – The Graves County win was a critical one for the Mustangs as going to War Memorial Stadium (Mayfield’s home stadium) being 0 and 3 is a poor idea! But after getting beat by 4 vs Tilghman and 4 TDs by BG, this was an early gut check call for Coach Clark’s team! And to put up 65 points against a 5A club that wanted/needed the win every bit as much as you did speaks volumes! Nice work Mustangs!

    Trigg County (3A) – Up – Through 3 games the Wildcats star SR QB Cameron Jordan has passed for over 500 yards and 7 TDs and rushed for over 300 yards and another 8 TDs on the year! While their schedule is due to ratchet up after next week, these Wildcats have come out impressively in 2019!

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    Caldwell County leads the all-time series with Crittenden County 41-10 and has won the last nine.

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    Super job purple!! Good information on all the teams.
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    Good info! Owensboro had the running clock on Ocath after the first series of the 3rd quarater (36-0) - their defense is legit...Ocath QB Hartz had 2 INT's and 152, running for his life. Evansville Central gets 10 points on Owensboro and Catholic 7, and that after the running clock had started

    I think we are all sleeping on Henderson - 3 solid wins (2 vs. Evansville IN teams)

    Watched Mayfield at Paducah T - Mayfield has a GREAT QB - he had all day and has a great arm - best i've seen. I think most Mayfield fans would agree their D is down a little - PT moved the ball well. That said, Mayfield has played 3 bigger schools and is 3-0. PT solid as well.

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