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The Butler Win Did It
DeSales is no stranger to playing 6A teams. They have made a habit of taking on the State’s largest classification during their sensational run over the past decade. When DeSales took down 6A Ballard in their season opener it caught everyone’s attention, still yet fans of the Colts tempered expectations waiting to see how their team would fare against a Butler team that had began to get some Top 10 consideration.

The Colts found themselves in a good ole fashioned tug of war in what would be one of Friday’s most exciting and well played games from across the State. The Colts would eventually take the victory 28-27. The Colts trailed 14-6 at the Half but quickly asserted themselves right out of the gate (despite not receiving the kickoff ) thanks to a pair of Butler miscues setting them up on a short field. The key play of the game came with DeSales clinging to that 28-27 lead with under 5:00 to play following a Butler Touchdown pass. The Bears opted to go for two but the Colts’ defense held setting what would be the final margin.

The drama wasn’t exactly over yet. After DeSales milked the clock before having to punt the Bears had one last surge left. They advanced into DeSales territory before the game seemingly ended on a 4th and 10 with a hard hit on the Quarterback. A controversial flag was called for a personal foul on the hit leaving a final untimed down. The Colts’ would dial up pressure and hit the QB on the throw and the pass sailed incomplete.

Jaguars Cooper-ate With Giving Breds A Second Signature Win
Over the past four seasons 6A Cooper has been a thorn in the side of Newport Central Catholic. The Jaguars were 4-0 in those games and had defeated the Bred by a combined score of 36-142. After beginning the season with a hard-fought win over 4A Scott, NewCath had a chance to make a strong statement taking on their foe from the big boy class. Coach Eviston’s crew answered the call winning 29-7 in a game they controlled throughout.

Junior RB Kyle Kelly was superb toting the mail 25 times for 138 yards and the games opening TD. The Breds also found a luxury in Senior Kicker Logan Muck. Muck connected on three Field Goals and added a pair of extra points, all vital in extending the lead and keeping pressure ona Cooper team that struggled to move the ball on a stingy NCC defense.

Newport Central Catholic showed a much more consistent flow on Offense and this now makes their second straight game that the Defense played lights out against a larger NKY foe. The Breds will face their stiffest test of the early season Friday when they take on another 6A foe in Campbell County.

Jumping With Joy; Briarjumpers Snag A Win at Williamsburg
A watershed is defined as, “an event or period marking a turning point in a course of action or state of affairs.” It is not fair to say that any game in August could be a watershed moment, but for Somerset Friday’s win over a ranked 1A Williamsburg Yellowjacket team at the very least was a levee that may have stopped a potential flash flood.

With a downright brutal schedule lying ahead for Somerset it is safe to say that getting a win and some confidence was exactly what the doctor ordered after allowing a come from behind victory in the opening week to 4A Bourbon County. Somerset maintained consistent success on the ground throughout the night, churning up 403 yards. For all their success, the Jumpers couldn’t get out of their own way in the First Half leading only 6-0 at the break thanks to a pair of Chance Stayton Field Goals.

The Jumpers finally found the endzone when standout Sophomore RB Alex Miller raced 52 yards on the opening drive. Miller would have a breakout performance rushing for 205 yards. Quarterback Mason Reese and Ty tevis each got in on the fireworks. Reese scored twice and Tevis hit the century mark. All-State candidate Josh Cornett added a pair of Interceptions.

Somerset cannot rest on their laurels for long. The Jumpers gets to taste the best Class 1A has to offer taking on the defending State Champs and Runner-Ups in successive weeks. Up next is a visit from 1A powerhouse Beechwood. The Tigers beat Somerset by 3 TD’s last year.

Around the Class:
- CAL (2-0) continues to roll in their first year as reigning champions. CAL outclassed 6A Eastern 33-9 in a game that was never in doubt. Milton Wright caught 5 passes for 109 yards and a TD and held the Eagles to a meager 195 total yards.

- Mayfield (2-0) proved their season opening Offensive explosion was no fluke by punishing 4 Hopkinsville 49-20 in a game that wasn’t even as close as the score would indicate. The Cardinals led 42-7 before the Tigers added a pair of scores late. Mayfield’s run defense was superb holding the Tigers under 50 yards on the ground most of the night.

- Washington County needed overtime, but eventually improved to 2-0 with a 29-22 win over a gritty 1A Bethlehem team.It’s the first time the Commanders have started the season 2-0 since 2010 when they won their first 8 games. A third win is going to be a good bit more difficult, up next is a ranked 1A Kentucky Country Day who looks poised to be the biggest threat to Beechwood in the West,

- Speaking of 2-0 starts, The Notebook would like to give a big shout out to Todd County Central who defeated Fort Knox 26-6. The Rebels have went from 0-10 to 2-0 and have three winnable games on the horizon against Caverna, Hopkins Central, and Fulton City.

On Deck:
- Title Town is starting buzz again. For a first time in nearly a decade both Boyle County and Danville are legitimate contenders for a State Title in the same season. The Admirals and Rebels will renew one of the State’s most anticipated rivalries as Danville hosts Chuck Smith’s crew. Danville is fresh off a convincing win over 4A Knox Central where they didn't exactly play their crispest. Boyle County enters after pulling away from Waggener late.

- CAL has already stepped up in class to take on a 6A foe, but Friday they step up in competition as they load up to face Central Hardin. The Bruins have started fast and may be the best team in 6A-West outside of Jefferson County. Central Hardin is built to churn yards on the ground and will be stiff test for a CAL Defense who was hit the hardest along their D-Line.

- Walton-Verona came up just short in a comeback bid against Kentucky Country Day. The Bearcats dug themselves into a deep hole but fell 21-20, they will look to bounce back hosting 4A Holmes. Meanwhile in District 5 Owen County hosts Newport in a 2A cross-district showdown.

- Lexington Christian Academy will take a lengthy road trip to Vincennes, Indiana to take on Lincoln High School. Lincoln is 2-0 thus far, but the most interesting thing about the school from close to the Illinois border is their nickname. The Notebook wishes they had a great story for why the Lincoln Alices (yes… the Alices) came to be. Unfortunately there is no concrete evidence that suggests where the nickname came from. One theory is a book written in the 1700’s, the other more accepted theory is when Lincoln made their first State Finals appearance in basketball in the 20’s after an unexpected run they were compared to “Alice in Wonderland”

Worth a Closer Look:
Hancock County (2-0) is a team to keep an eye on. The Hornets have outscored their first two opponents 101-14 and Senior FB Gage Gray appears poised for a big year. Hancock travels to 6A Ohio County (2-0) looking to avenge a hard fought 42-28 loss they suffered last season. If Hancock can pull out the win they may begin to get some Top 10 consideration in the weeks to come.