..And Then There Were 3
Entering the weekend five teams still held firm with flawless records in Class 2A: Danville, DeSales, Mayfield, Lexington Christian Academy, and surprising Todd County Central. Once the smoke cleared from this weekend's action two have since fell by the wayside.
Most expected Todd County Central's streak to end sooner rather than later. The Rebels simply could not get enough firepower to hand with Hancock County as the Hornets bested Todd Central 28-8. It is still worth applauding what Todd Central has already accomplished and with three winnable games on their schedule, it is not out of the picture that a team who went winless a year ago could at the very least finish .500 for the season if not with a winning record.
The other victim this weekend was the mighty Mayfield Cardinals who lost a hard fought 20-17 decision against a very good 3A Corbin squad at Austin Peay University. For the first three quarters Mayfield was well positioned to earn a very nice feather in their cap, unfortunately Corbin QB Camron Sizemore built on his legacy with a pair of 4th Quarter TD passes and the Cardinals simply could not rally enough to win. A late interception iced the game and handed Mayfield their first loss.
LCA Offense = Kind of a Big Deal
Lexington Christian Academy is pretty good at this thing called "Football Offense". The Eagles latest victim was the #2 ranked team 1A Kentucky Country Day. In a game that was a back and forth shootout for a Half, LCA eventually pulled away in the Second Half to win convincingly 69-38.
For stat aficionados Lexington Christian is kind of the gold standard this year in Class 2A. Through six games the Eagles are averaging a remarkable 50 points per game and a nice matching 500+ yards per game of Offense. Dillon Wheatley will most likely eclipse the 1000 yard rushing mark next week when they open District Competition against Middlesboro. For those monitoring, if Wheatley can stay healthy there is a very strong chance he can push for nearly 7000 career rush yards at this pace. If this comes to fruition this will rank him among the Top 10 career rushing marks in State History.
As good as Wheatley has been, Logan Nieves is looking equally impressive this season as a dual threat option. Through six games Nieves is accounting nearly 300 all purpose yards per game and has accounted for 23 TD's. With these two leading the way, and a host of talented supporting players around them, there is no wonder that LCA is still undefeated and firmly in the discussion for Title contenders in Class 2A.
Class 2A vs. 6A, By the Numbers
One of the most surprising stats of this season has been the number of games that teams from the Class 2A Top 10 have played 6A foes. In past years it was always a bit of anomaly for one of the smaller schools in the State to challenge schools from the largest classification with enrollments typically 3 or 4 times their size.
This weekend three more times will we see this inter-class competition continue:
Danville vs. Tates Creek
DeSales vs. North Hardin
Christian Academy Louisville vs. Meade County
To date there have been ten different games between the Top 10 of Class 2A and foes from 6A, Class 2A has equipped themselves very well going 8-2 in those games with the only losses both coming to Newport Central Catholic (Campbell County and Conner respectively).
If the smaller class can hold serve this week the 11-2 record would definitely be a good indicator of the level of competition this class provides as well as the balance.
Around the Class:
- Somerset (4-2) continues to shine since a late Defensive collapse in their season opener. The Briarjumper earned a hard fought win over a highly ranked 4A Rockcastle County team 12-6 for their third win over a ranked for in consecutive weeks.
Since allowing 36 points in their debut performance, Somerset has bounced back to an allow an average of just 8.8 points a game in the 5 games following. Even in their other loss, to 1A #1 Beechwood, the Jumpers' D still did their part holding the Tigers to 7 points.
With two explosive Offenses int heir District in LCA and Danville, being the team built on the solid rock of Defense could be advantageous once District play begins.
- Glasgow finished a stretch of three consecutive games against solid Class 4A foes by losing to Franklin-Simpson 35-19. The Scotties went 1-2 in their stretch of Southern Kentucky 4A squad, defeating Warren East and losing a narrow decision to Allen County-Scottsville in the other two.
The Scotties begin District competition this week welcoming a surprising 4-2 Green County club.
- If most were asked which two 5-1 Class 2A teams were playing this week, it would be no surprised if they could not pin point Monroe County travelling to Metcalfe County. The Falcons have flown under the radar all season and appear poised to contend for the District Title. The Falcons are led by QB Ty Mink who has been equally as effective running as has been passing. Both teams enter off narrow wins, Metcalfe escaped a surprising challenge by Clinton County 29-26, meanwhile Monroe secured a 15-14 win over a solid Warren East squad.
- District 8 will most likely be on the line when Leslie County (3-3) travels to Prestonsburg (2-3) to take on the Blackcats. Leslie enters with a win over East Ridge but have not quite lived up to their expectations this year. The Blackcats had a chance to make a statement against 1A Hazard but fell short. With three title contenders in District 7, a loss would be dangerous to the health. Homefield advantage for the First two Rounds and a favorable 4-seed is a welcome reward with an already daunting task potentially waiting in the playoffs.
Worth a Closer Look:
Washington County (5-1) at 3A Western Hills- Washington County is off to one of their best starts in school history but will take a major step up in competition to square off with a ranked 4-1 Western Hills squad. The Wolverines will test the Washington County team speed thanks in large part to RB WanDale Robinson who is a legit D-1 prospect. if the Commanders can hang tough this will give them confidence with CAL and DeSales looming in their District.