1. Frederick Douglass (11-1 6A Second Round)

Frederick Douglass May have dropped down a class but district foe “the team up north” joins them in 5A District 6. Returning talent Walker Parks (Clemson Commit), Jager Burton (multiple power 5 offers), Dekel Crowdus (multiple power 5 offers), Dane Key (WKU offer), Devin Neal (Cincinnati commit) and Ty Bryant (Marshall Offer) has Frederick Douglass at the top of the CKY/Lexington power ranking. That is just too much D1 talent on one team not to have them sitting at number 1. They will have to put up a better showing than they did in the Trinity scrimmage moving forward if they want to stay in this spot.

2. Scott County (9-4 6A State Runner-Up)
The Cardinals finally escape the Louisville big 3 and have their sights set on a return trip to Kroger Field. Even with the losses of OL Bryan Hudson and WR Glenn Covington, Scott County returns enough experience to show 5A why they should be concerned with their arrival. QB Cade McKee, RB Bronson Brown, linemen Austin Taylor and Peyton Saunders should keep the offense at its previous level. All signs point to a Scott County Frederick Douglass second round playoff matchup to determine the king of the bluegrass region.

3. Boyle County (13-1 3A Semifinals)

“Finish the mission” is the team motto for the Rebels this season as they move up to class 4A. Returning almost all of its starters from a 13-1 semifinal campaign including Mr. Football candidate WR/DB Reese Smith, QB Reed Lanter, DL Wilson Kelly and RB/DB Landen Bartleson, Boyle is favored to win the 4A title. Anything less will be considered a disappointment by the Rebel faithful. We will find out if Boyle has what it takes as they face a gauntlet in the middle of their schedule playing CAL, Highlands, Lexington Catholic and Anderson County in consecutive games. If they can survive don’t be shocked to see Boyle at the top of this list at seasons end.

4. Lexington Catholic (8-4 3A second Round

Lex Cath has never been one to shy away from scheduling tough opponents and this year is no different. Pulaski County, Covington Catholic, DeSales, Boyle County, Anderson County and Frederick Douglass all appear on the Knights schedule this year. Expect them to take some losses but be battle tested come playoff time. There are many questions as to who fills the numerous vacancies left by last years senior class but one not in question is QB held by UK commit Beau Allen. WR Jackson Corbett and RB Ryan Nichols look to have expanded roles within the offense this season.

5. Anderson County (10-1 5A Second Round)

Unfortunately for the Bearcats realignment did not do them many favors by placing them in the same district as Boyle County and Lexington Catholic. Anderson is coming off a spectacular 2018 regular season that ended in a disappointing turnover fest against Highlands in the playoffs. Despite 6 turnovers they still had a chance to win at the end. They return RB Zach Labhart who missed much of last year with an injury, QB Jagger Gillis, and DE Darian Dearinger who holds several D1 offers. They face a daunting task in winning the district title but a victory over Boyle or Lex Cath wouldn’t be a huge surprise.

6. Henry Clay (6-6 6A second round)

The Blue Devils will look to avenge last years 25-7 playoff loss to Simon Kenton to start the season. They return several key components off of last years 6-6 team including QB DJ VanHorn, WR Jakobi Godfrey, LB Chris Dabrey, LB William Webb and DE Jordan Kimball. Fayette County public schools needs Henry Clay to have a strong season along side Frederick Douglass to help improve the image of Lexington public school football.

7. Taylor County (12-2 4A semifinals)

Coming off of its best season in many many years Taylor County loses its former head coach Jason Foley to Southwestern but gains former Casey County coach Sam Marple. The Cardinals return RB’s Wes Oliver (1155 yds) and Mr. Versatility Tre Goodin (725 yds rushing, 213 Receiving, 150 Passing and a couple of returns for TDs). Taylor drops down to 3A and welcomes Glasgow as a district foe. The winner of that game will most likely be the district champion.

8. Franklin County (10-3 4A Regional Finals)

The Flyers return star Junior QB Nick Broyles (2796 yds passing 25 TD and 1113 yards rushing with another 13 TDS) and leading WR Fred Farrier (58 rec 868 yds 11 TD) to lead a potent Eddie James offense. It might be a year too soon for the Flyers to make serious noise in a loaded 4A class but they are one to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

9. Larue County (8-6 3A semifinals)

The Hawks shocked the state with their regional final victory over Etown in 2018. Returning is junior signal caller Connor Baker, junior RB Jeremiah Belton, senior DL Tucker Shelton, and junior DB Preston Shelf. Even with the loss of Anthony Adkins expect Larue County to build on the playoff momentum from last year and challenge Etown for the district crown.

10. Lexington Christian Academy (9-4 2A Region Finals)

New head coach Doug Charles inherits plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. QB Jayden Barnhardt (2159 yds 26 TD), RB’s Thomas White and Xavier Brown (1296 yds 18 TD combined), WR Dearious Smith (923 yds 11TD), WR Will Vernon (734 yds 10TD), and leading tackler LB Andrew Long. LCA gave Somerset all it could handle last year in their playoff matchup and I expect more of the same this season.

Teams ranked 11-15
11. Campbellsville
12. Mercer County
13. Danville
14. Madison Central
15. Tates Creek

Preseason players to watch

Walker Parks- Frederick Douglass
Jager Burton- Frederick Douglass
Dekel Crowdus- Frederick Douglass
Bronson Brown- Scott County
Reese Smith- Boyle County
Reed Lanter- Boyle County
Landen Bartleson- Boyle County
Beau Allen- Lexington Catholic
Darian Dearinger- Anderson County
Tre Goodin- Taylor County
Nick Broyles- Franklin County
Jeremiah Belton- Larue County
Kaelin Drakeford- Mercer County
Malachi Yulee- Mercer County
Darrian Bell- Danville
Malachi Corley- Campbellsville
Arren Hash- Campbellsville
Devin Lewis- Harrison County

Game of the Week
Lexington Catholic vs Pulaski County
This game should be of great benefit to both teams exposing weaknesses on film. Also showcases QB Beau Allen from LC and EKU commit Jake Sloan from Pulaski County.