District 7 Teams Providing Insight
Danville's opening week win over 6A Woodford County, a team in the midst of one of the State's longest losing streaks, did not really give us much insight. Neither did subsequent Week 1 wins by Somerset and LCA over Lincoln County and Waggener, another pair of teams not noted for long playoff runs.
With a ton of roster turnover among the three teams, we needed Week 2 to finally start to give a glimpse of what we can expect as all three teams faced ranked opponents that have been to the State Finals in the not so distant past.
DANVILLE- The Admirals may have drawn the shortest straw of the trio being asked to travel to Southern Kentucky to take on an excellent 3A Corbin squad. With their win streak on the line, the Admirals found the quality of competition a bit much as the Redhounds won a physically demanding game 28-10.
What we learned is that Danville is still a very solid team. Corbin is going to be a tough team to beat and will be the consensus pick to reach the Semi-Finals in Class 3A. Danville was not quite to the level of Corbin, the Hounds were just a little better in every facet it seemed, but the fact they kept the game within arm's reach should be a statement that they will remain the team to beat in District 7 and have the capability of making a deep playoff push.
SOMERSET- The Briarjumpers may have had the lightest test taking on the 8th ranked Class 1A team, but the Jumpers also looked the part of a solid Class 2A team as they left little doubt in a 34-7 win. Somerset has proven to be a stout Defensive team through two weeks only allowing a single Touchdown.
Somerset seems to be playing at a level pretty comparable to last season., they defeated Williamsburg 25-8 for comparison sake, and that bodes well for the boys from Lake Country. If this is accurate, Somerset has clearly closed the gap against their District mates and have a much better shot at either a Home Playoff game or a District Title.
LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY- On the opposite end of the spectrum is LCA. The Eagles were a legitimate Top 5 team the past two seasons and an Offensive efficiency machine. LCA made the long trip to Pikeville and probably wish they would have stayed at home after the Panthers ambushed them and totally dominated the game en route to a 43-point victory. This is a swing of nearly 70 points from when LCA defeated Pikeville on the road 49-21 last year.
LCA has some good size, but completely struggled to find an Offensive identity as Pikeville imposed their will from the start and left LCA relying on taking risks to look for chunk yardage. LCA mustered only 28 rushing yards, and a week after a very efficient performance in the passing game, the Eagles completed less than 50% of their passes.
Pikeville is a very good 1A team and will challenge for a Title most likely, but the dominance of the game stands as an indicator that LCA will need to find an identity in a hurry against a pair of solid Defenses in their District.
DeSales DeDoes It Again
DeSales Week 1 victory over st. Xavier had the entire state talking about how a Class 2A team took down one of the Top 5 6A teams in the State. Week 2 brought an entirely new challenge when the Colts had to travel to Butler to take on a team ripe with D-1 talent and expected to be a team to be reckoned with in Louisville's 6A scene.
For the second consecutive week DeSales won a nail-biter against a Top 5 ranked 6A team, this time shocking the Bears 35-34 on a 27 yard pass with around 10 seconds to go. The pass from Pfaadt to Antione Johnson capped off a sterling comeback, the Colts trailed 34-21 with around 4:00 to go in the game. A blocked punt also loomed large setting up the final scoring drive on a short field. This was the second straight week that Pfaadt and Johnson connected a for a game breaking pass play, against St. Xavier they came together before the Half on a long score.
Aaron Pfaadt struggled at times throwing the ball, but he made up for it with his legs. The Senior signal caller gained over 80 yards on the ground and scored 3 TD's.
DeSales' next game will take them from competing against some of the State's largest schools to challenging historical rival 1A Holy Cross. The Cougars are a vastly improved team and always play the Colts tough, but expect DeSales to continue their winning ways.
Mayfield May Fly
Facing a ranked foe for the second consecutive week, the Mayfield Cardinals made sure to to take it easy on their fans after Week 1's heart stopping come from behind victory. The Cardinals imposed their will in the First Half jumping out to a 21-0 lead and never let the Tigers catch up in a convincing 35-7 victory.
Kent Trey Matthews and Diaz Perry showcased Mayfield's explosive ability on Offense. Each scored two TD's a piece of over 30 yards. Connor Guthrie got in the act to nail the coffin shut with a 46 yard run of his own. The ability for Mayfield to strike pay dirt from any down, distance, or position on the field should serve notice to the rest of the class as the Cardinals may very well be the most dangerous team in the Class to score on any given play.
The Other Storylines from Around the State EKY Prestonsburg Leaves A Lot To Be Desired
Prestonsburg had an opportunity against north Laurel to make a statement that they were ready to find their form and be the team in District 8 that everyone would be chasing. The 5A Jaguars were fresh off a lopsided loss and entered the season losing several starters, but the Blackcats were no match in a 44-6 shelling. The Blackcats must reound quickly against 3A Lawrence County, a formidable challenge.
Shelby Valley improved to 2-0 in an Overtime shootout victory against 3A Pike Central. The Wildcats will draw Ridgeview, VA next on the road. Ridgeview is a newer consolidated school across the Virginia line, and opened with a convincing win. Clintwood, VA was a perennial Virginia small school power and that District no feeds into Ridgeview. Shelby Valley can make a statement with a victory.
Newport Central Catholic Impressive in Defeat
Despite missing star RB/LB Kyle Kelly, NewCath gave 6A Cooper all they wanted and them some before finally succumbing 42-36 to the Jaguars. Newport Central Catholic has shown excellent Offensive balance through two weeks. The Breds will get their second shot at a 6A team against Coach Lickert's old squad Campbell County.
Something has to give when Owen County travels to Newport. Outside of Lloyd, NewCath, and Walton-Verona it seems wins for NKY 2A teams will have to come at a premium. Newport defeated Finneytown, OH whereas Owen County enters 0-2. This could end up a preview of a First Round playoff game.
Christian Academy of Louisville saw little resistance from 6A Eastern as the Centurions scored points in bulk en route to a 50-7 thumping of the Eagles. CAL denied access to the Eastern running game as they surrendered -10 yards rushing on 17 carries. LeFors' crew also got a month's supply of sacks while they were at it, totaling 7 for the game.
Oh nothing much... a few early season games... a rivalry or two... oh... just Danville playing Boyle County. The Title Town Throwdown features the defending 2A Champs taking on the Defending 3A Kings.
Glasgow Gets Enough
Bardstown is a proud name in Kentucky Prep Lore, but the Tigers have not been a major factor in recent years. Glasgow entered as a heavy favorite, but the Scotties did not exactly play well turning it over six times. Glasgow scored a late Touchdown before the Half to take a 19-7 lead, and that would be the end of the scoring. Despite dominating the stat books, the rusty play should serve as notice to Glasgow that they have a long way to go in a loaded class.
Somerset gave top ranked 1A Beechwood a valiant effort last year in a monsoon. This year the Jumpers will head North on I-75 to Ft. Mitchell for a first class challenge. If Somerset can pull off a statement win, it may set them up as the team to beat in the East.
McLean Finds the Spotlight
McLean County has been a pleasant surprise on this very early season. The Cougars romped 6A Ohio County in their opener and then followed it up with an even more impressive 21-14 win over 3A Trigg County. Trigg previously had effected the 2A picture when they took care of Monroe County in Week 1. McLean utilizes a stable of backs and may be a scary team with Owensboro Catholic showing vulnerability.
Murray captured their first win by pummeling crown town foe Calloway County. The Tigers will get to show if they are ready for 2A Prime Time when host 4A Madisonville- North Hopkins. The Maroons are one of the best 4A teams in Western Kentucky, if the Tigers have any daydreams of knocking off Mayfield they have to have a great showing against Madisonville.