Class 3A Preseason Football Rankings

  1. #1
    theguru's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 00
    Location
    Florence
    Posts
    139,710

    Class 3A Preseason Football Rankings

    1. Belfry -- OPEN
    2. Bourbon County at 5A Montgomery County (8/23)
    3. Central vs. 6A #5 Manual
    4. Paducah Tilghman vs. 6A #8 McCracken County (8/23)
    5. Bell County at South Pittsburg (TN)
    6. Monroe County vs. 3A #9 Wayne County
    7. Corbin vs. 5A #2 Pulaski County at Somerset
    8. Mason County vs. 2A Newport
    9. Wayne County at 3A #6 Monroe County
    10. Garrard County vs. 3A Casey County
    Advertisement

  2. #2
    theguru's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 00
    Location
    Florence
    Posts
    139,710

    Agree or Disagree? Please be constructive.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Aug 08
    Location
    Bobcat Nation
    Posts
    6,372

    It looks good. The only thing I see is that I would have Central ahead of Bourbon.

  4. #4
    ATLCat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 11
    Posts
    10,757

    Quote Originally Posted by Commander 25 View Post
    It looks good. The only thing I see is that I would have Central ahead of Bourbon.
    I could go either way.

    Nothing but respect for Central... and their merits lend itself to giving them the benefit of the doubt. With that said, Central was probably the 4th or 5th best team in 3A at the end of the season and they graduate a ton of talent including their elite set of LB's who basically carried a team that was not very good offensively. Even with an offense that struggled they lose a great deal (6 Starters I think)

    Bourbon has proven themselves the past two seasons and was IMHO about even with Wayne County as the 2nd best team in the State in 3A. This is a team who was went 28-0, aside from two very competitive losses to Belfry, and have obliterated everything in their path. The Colonels returned enough firepower on their own merits that they would have probably been the #3 team, but to add 6 or 7 transfers including the Bolin kid definitely gives them a strong argument.

  5. #5
    ATLCat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 11
    Posts
    10,757

    Just my thinking but:

    - Paducah Tilghman is a wild card. Not only may they warrant their #4 ranking...but with the talent they have every year if someone dials the right combination they may win the whole thing. On the flip side, I find it hard to rank them that high. Tilghman is the most schizophrenic team in the State of Kentucky and last year they were a very flawed team who had a weak region and a South Warren team that they beat on a controversial call that was very weak offensively. Wayne County then thumped them. PT lost a lot from last year. Rogers may be the cure they need, but I am taking a wait and see approach with a Coach who has not advanced past the Regional Finals.

    - Love the Garrard program but think the Lions are more towards the 15-20 area of 3A than the Top 10. I look at teams like Pike Central, South Warren, Russell, and Etown and simply see much more returning talent and athleticism. Throw on top of that the fact GC just lost an excellent coach in Scenters.

    - Pike Central would have been a no-brainer Top 10 pick until all their off-season drama. They still have one of the best QB's in 3A and his favorite receivers returning.

    - Etown is a team to really keep an eye on... they return almost everyone including an elite crop of speed... they also add an excellent Coach.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    May 02
    Location
    The Dark Side
    Posts
    1,412

    Belfry is the team to beat in 3A

  7. #7
    MNCM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 07
    Location
    'can you keep it down? I'm trying to drink." - Don Draper
    Posts
    4,924

    I would flip Central and Bourbon, and also flip Mason and Monroe. Another good looking pre-season list.

  8. #8
    gchs_uk9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 02
    Posts
    21,037

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCM View Post
    I would flip Central and Bourbon, and also flip Mason and Monroe. Another good looking pre-season list.
    I think the concern with Mason County over the health status of their quarterback is what may have led to their lower ranking. If he's healthy, they're higher. And I suspect that they'll be higher as the season goes along.

  9. #9
    gchs_uk9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 02
    Posts
    21,037

    Quote Originally Posted by ATLCat View Post
    - Etown is a team to really keep an eye on... they return almost everyone including an elite crop of speed... they also add an excellent Coach.
    I'm really intrigued by Elizabethtown. I thought they made a nice move last year after several down seasons. Hiring Brown, with his history of success, makes me think better days are ahead.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Jul 13
    Posts
    3,573

    Central will be young and they could be around the 5th spot.

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Aug 08
    Location
    Bobcat Nation
    Posts
    6,372

    This class will get interesting this season will be a lot of interesting games. Can't wait for it to get started.

  12. #12

    Join Date
    Jan 12
    Posts
    441

    You are probably right as far as Garrard's pre-season ranking, though I think they might climb... I know Scenters was a good coach, but Jerry Perry ain't no slouch.

  13. #13

    Join Date
    Aug 08
    Location
    Bobcat Nation
    Posts
    6,372

    Quote Originally Posted by GCHS View Post
    You are probably right as far as Garrard's pre-season ranking, though I think they might climb... I know Scenters was a good coach, but Jerry Perry ain't no slouch.
    No he is not.

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Nov 09
    Posts
    4,060

    Quote Originally Posted by ATLCat View Post
    Just my thinking but:

    - Paducah Tilghman is a wild card. Not only may they warrant their #4 ranking...but with the talent they have every year if someone dials the right combination they may win the whole thing. On the flip side, I find it hard to rank them that high. Tilghman is the most schizophrenic team in the State of Kentucky and last year they were a very flawed team who had a weak region and a South Warren team that they beat on a controversial call that was very weak offensively. Wayne County then thumped them. PT lost a lot from last year. Rogers may be the cure they need, but I am taking a wait and see approach with a Coach who has not advanced past the Regional Finals.

    - Love the Garrard program but think the Lions are more towards the 15-20 area of 3A than the Top 10. I look at teams like Pike Central, South Warren, Russell, and Etown and simply see much more returning talent and athleticism. Throw on top of that the fact GC just lost an excellent coach in Scenters.

    - Pike Central would have been a no-brainer Top 10 pick until all their off-season drama. They still have one of the best QB's in 3A and his favorite receivers returning.

    - Etown is a team to really keep an eye on... they return almost everyone including an elite crop of speed... they also add an excellent Coach.
    You said it with E-town. They are locked and loaded skill wise. Billings had them on the right track going 6-5 last year, and they return the house for the next two years (sophomore dominated last year, especially at the skill spots). Mark Brown knew exactly what he was stepping in to and he will do great with them.

    Berneil Cecil might be the best RB in the state for the Class of 2016. If there is a better RB in the Junior class, I haven't seen him.


    Some other darkhorses:

    -Lawrence County. You heard it here first.

    -Henry County. They had Corbin down at the half in the first round last year and they return practically everybody.

  15. #15

    Join Date
    Nov 09
    Posts
    4,060

    Quote Originally Posted by gchs_uk9 View Post
    I'm really intrigued by Elizabethtown. I thought they made a nice move last year after several down seasons. Hiring Brown, with his history of success, makes me think better days are ahead.
    There are four teams on their schedule that propose any sort of a threat to them.

    Central
    Henry County
    South Warren
    Glasgow

    I'm saying they go .500 in those four games at the very worst, and that's no disrespect to those schools. I just think they are that good.

    I'm saying 8-2 for E-town at the very worst.

    They weren't going to be down for long. Those two bad years in 2011 and 2012, they were just down (even though they had the states leading passer and leading WR in 2011)....small numbers in particular. But, you are also talking about a school with very proud basketball and baseball programs...they were about as bad as they've ever been in a long time, too.

    If there is a better RB in the 2016 Class...I need to see him. Here is Cecil's sophomore highlights from last year.

    #22 - 2013 Sophomore Year - Berneil Cecil highlights

Top