The full moon, Friday the 13th didnít have much affect on the teams that were ranked 1-7 as they all came out as victors. Teams ranked 8-20 on the other hand did not fare so well going 3-10 collectively.
The top 10
1. Frederick Douglass (5A, 4-0, RPI .671)
Last week: The Freddy D dominance over the Fayette County Public Schools continued with a 49-0 win over Dunbar. The defense continues to impress giving up just 67 yards to the Bulldogs. QB Josh McClurg has another solid night passing for 3 TDs and rushing for another. Dane Key and Darius Neal added 2 scores each.
This Week: The FCPS tour continues as Henry Clay (6A, 0-3) comes out to the Farm. Henry Clay is rated as the second best public school in the city by most polls. Though Iím not sure it will be enough to knock off the Broncos.
2. Boyle County (4A, 4-0, RPI .648)
Last Week: The Rebels took care of business against a solid Mercer County team winning with a final score of 43-7. QB Reed Lanter passed for 241 yards and 2 scores. One was to younger brother Cole Lanter and the other was to Reese Smith. The Boyle D gave up their first touchdown of the year on a well designed trick play.
This Week: The entire offseason everyone said the middle of the Boyle schedule was a gauntlet and would show the state what Boyle was really made of. Game one of the gauntlet has arrived. CAL (3A, 3-1) will come to Rebel stadium looking to give Boyle their first defeat of the season.
3. Scott County (5A, 4-0, RPI .701)
Last Week: The Cardinals handled Bryan Station 49-7 moving to 4-0 on the season. The Cardinals were bolstered by a stiff run defense that allowed just 7 yards on the ground. Offensively Jeremy Hamilton, Philip Garner and Bronson Brown all had rushing scores.
This Week: Emmerich Manual (IN) comes to Georgetown looking to get their first win. Unfortunately for Manual all signs point to a big win by Scott County.
4. Lexington Catholic (4A, 3-1, RPI .734)
Last Week: The Knights had the script from the Cov Cath game flipped on them and needed a 4th quarter comeback to defeat DeSales 34-31. QB Beau Allen continued his impressive weekly stat line by passing for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns and added an additional 61 yards and a score on the ground. Receivers Jackson Corbett and Blake Busson combined for 12 receptions 255 yards and a score for the Knights.
This Week: Lexington Catholic will make the trip down Clays Mill to take on Lexington Christian Academy (2A, 3-1). The schools have split the last 2 meetings and both will bring high octane offenses. Look for a high scoring affair in this matchup.
5. Taylor County (3A, 4-0, RPI .648)
Last week: Tre Goodin showed his versatility this past Friday night as he completed the offensive scoring trifecta by rushing, receiving and passing for a touchdown in Taylor Countyís 45-8 win over Green County. Wes Oliver was his usual self with 97 yards and a couple of TDs on 7 carries. So far this season it looks like Taylor County hasnít missed a beat from last years state semifinal team.
This Week: Taylor County will play up a few classes and take on 6A Simon Kenton (2-2). The Pioneers are coming off a 28-7 loss to Highlands and will be looking to get back on track vs the Cardinals.
6. Franklin County (4A, 4-0, RPI .712)
Last week: The Flyers made a statement that they are a team that is ready to be a contender in class 4A. They took care of Anderson County 53-19. QB Nick Broyles continues to put up impressive numbers, he was 17/25 for 358 yards and 4 TDs to go with 68 yards and another TD in the ground. Top target was WR Fred Farrier who caught 8 of those completions for 174 yards and 3 TDs.
Franklin County is a team that has seemingly improved each week so far and if they continue that trend they will be a very tough out come playoff time.
This Week: Franklin County will hit the road to take on a hot Woodford County (5A, 3-1) squad that has won 3 consecutive games.
7. Lexington Christian Academy (2A, 3-1, RPI .645)
Last Week: LCA took on a much larger 6A team in Madison Central but that didnít slow down the Eagles as they were able to win big 45-15. QB Jayden Barnhardt threw for 306 yards with 4 scores. Xavier Brown wasnít able to much running the ball but showed he has hands as well with 7 receptions for 129 yards and 2 TDs.
This Week: LCA will play host to fellow Lexington Parochial school, Lexington Catholic. The Eagles will be looking to avenge last years 54-13 loss to the Knights.
8. Mercer County (3A, 3-1, RPI .640)
Last week: Mercer couldnít overcome Boyle Countyís fast start and stingy defense falling to the Rebels 43-7. Mercer doesnít take a hit in this weeks rankings due to the fact that almost every team ranked below them also lost and that all those teams probably wouldnít fare much better against Boyle.
This week: The Titans will host Garrard County (3A, 2-1) who is coming off of a bye week. Garrard will test the front 7 of the Mercer defense as they play a style of old school power football.
9. LaRue County (3A, 2-2, RPI .553)
Last Week: A 36-35 win over Campbellsville has helped move the Hawks back into the top 10 after a rough 0-2 start to the season. Granted those two losses donít look too bad now that the teams they lost to are a combined 8-0. The most noticeable difference for LaRue is that they have finally gotten RB Jeremiah Belton on track as he has rushed for 100+ yards in back to back weeks. In the two losses he had a combined 59 yards rushing.
This week: LaRue will welcome a Nelson County (3A, 0-4) team looking for their first win. Nelson has had a running clock against them in every game so far.
10. Campbellsville (A, 2-2, RPI .537)
Last week: Playing their 4th straight team from class 3A the Eagles fell just short against previously mentioned LaRue County 36-35. Malachi Corley was huge for Campbellsville once again gaining 109 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 carries as well as another 94 yards and 2 scores on 3 receptions. Corley also led the defense with 20 tackles. Even after 2 close losses to a couple of good 3A teams Campbellsville still looks like one of the top 2 or 3 teams in class A.
This Week: Campbellsville will host Green County (2A, 0-4). The Eagles should have no problems in this one and face a very manageable schedule moving forward.
11. Anderson County (4A, 2-2, RPI .513)
Last week: A game Anderson needed to win to show central Kentucky that they are a threat in 4A did not go in their favor. Franklin County handled the Bearcats by a score of 53-19. Anderson County has not reported any stats on the season.
This Week: the schedule doesnít lighten up for Anderson as Henderson County (6A, 4-0) comes to Lawrenceburg. Henderson is led by QB Sam Elliot who has 830 yards passing with 10 touchdowns to just one interception. They also feature RB Logan Green who averages 112 yards per game.
12. Henry Clay (6A, 0-3, RPI .338)
Last Week: Henry Clay fell to Pulaski County 28-7. Henry Clay scored first and pushed Pulaski for a half. The Blue Devils have probably faced the toughest schedule to start the season out of all of the central Kentucky teams.
This Week: Unfortunately the schedule doesnít get any easier as the Blue Devils will go to the Farm to take on Frederick Douglass (5A, 4-0). Henry Clay will have to find some offensive success against a Douglass defense that allows just 120 yards and 3.5 points per game.
13. George Rogers Clark (6A, 2-1, RPI .460)
Last week: GRC took care of Montgomery County 42-22. RB Azariah Israel had a night to remember and the performance of the year so far. He had 11 carries for 346 yards and 6 touchdowns!
This week: Southwestern (5A, 1-3) will visit GRC looking to get back in the win column after consecutive losses.
14. East Jessamine (5A, 2-2, RPI .609)
Last week: the Jags took a trip to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky to take on one of the top teams in class A in Paintsville. East was unable to return home victorious falling 41-35. RBs Miles Valdon and Donovan Motley combined for 309 yards and 4 scores while the Jaguars racked up 449 yards on the ground as a whole.
This week: First year program Great Crossing (5A, 0-4) will come to Nicholasville hoping to get their first win as a program. East should be able to get some younger players some experience in this one.
15. Tates Creek (6A, 1-3, RPI .454)
Last week: Creek was held scoreless in their 40-0 defeat to North Hardin. Creek is helped in their ranking by their victory over Madison Southern who has come alive as of late and a couple of their losses are to teams that are ranked high in their respective classes.
This week: FCPS foe Bryan Station (6A, 1-2) will make the trip across town. Stopping the Bryan Station ground game will be the key to getting Creek back into the win column.
16. Madison Southern (5A, 2-2, RPI .350) last week, W 42-27 vs Danville. This week vs 5A Pulaski County. 17. Woodford County (5A, 3-1, RPI .534) last week, W 37-14 vs Great Crossing. This week vs 4A Franklin County. 18. Lincoln County (4A, 2-2, RPI .467) last week, L 25-24 vs North Laurel. This week vs 5A South Laurel 19. Danville (2A, 1-3, RPI .495) last week, L 42-27 vs Madison Southern. This week vs A Hazard. 20. Garrard County (3A, 2-1, RPI .587) last week, BYE. This week vs 3A Mercer County
Teams on the rise
1. LaRue County- The Hawks have bounced back from 2 losses to open the year to win 2 straight. 2. Madison Southern- much like LaRue Southern has won back to back games after starting the season 0-2.
Teams on the Decline
1. Anderson County- high expectations to start the season looked to be fulfilled after a solid 2-0 start but back to back losses now have the area wondering if the hype was for naught.
2. Washington County- The commanders had us on watch after their first 2 games outscoring their opponents 104-0. The last 2 weeks havenít been so kind as they have fallen to Kentucky Country Day and Bardstown.
Players of the Week
1. RB Azariah Israel, George Rogers Clark- 11 Carries 346 yards 6 TD
2. QB Nick Broyles, Franklin County- 17/25 358 yards 4 TD 0 INT. 12 carries 68 yards 1 TD
3. RB Cain Saucedo, Nicholas County- 24 carries 194 yards 4 TD
4. WR Fred Farrier, Franklin County- 8 receptions 174 yards 3 TD
Last Weeks Game of the week
Franklin County 53 Anderson County 19
This is my first selection that was not a close game or needed a 4th quarter comeback to win. Franklin County put on a offensive clinic in their route of Anderson putting 4A on notice that the Flyers plan on making noise.
This weeks game of the week
CKY #2 Boyle County vs Christian Academy of Louisville
This will be Boyleís toughest game of the year to date and the first of 3 consecutive games that will test the Rebels mettle. This game will feature 3 Power 5 commits in CALís John Young (Kentucky) and Boyleís Reese Smith (West Virginia) and Landen Bartleson (Notre Dame).